Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Asiablatta & Balta Adults!

My Asiablatta kyotensis have been maturing over the past couple weeks, and I finally got to see some adult males in person! They're pretty, but also freaking speed demons, more than once I've opened up the enclosure, lifted up a hide and had a male or two run up the sides of the container and onto the floor... Caught 'em every time, but still, nerve-wracking. 😅 

Anyways, here are some pictures of a male that was calm enough to be photographed:

These matured very quickly, and there are adults of both sexes in there (bit male heavy though), so fingers crossed I get offspring here pretty shortly! 😁 Might be able to use this species as an occasional feeder, which would be nice!

Speaking of fast growing Ectobiids, my Balta notulata have also been maturing over the last couple weeks, looks like mostly females, but at least two males too. I've already gotten an ooth or two, so the next generation looks like it'll be here soon! 😄 

Here are some pictures of a male, these things are calmer than the Asiablatta surprisingly!

Crazy how quickly these matured too, and that it looks like I'll be able to start a proper colony and get them established in the US hobby again, from a single oothecae I received in November, that only had half it's eggs hatch! 😄 Just goes to show, it ain't over till it's over! 

Well, that's gonna do it for this post, I hope everyone enjoyed, thanks for reading, stay safe, and I'll see you all next time! 😉


  1. It was noticeable the sweet spot you have for ectobiids and i think i now understand why. Omg..those species are too beautiful!
    I want to mention something i actually came accross while re-reading ur ectobiid setup post.
    You mentioned that many nymphs like to congregate under the lid, making you open a hole on the bottom side. I think its happens because ur lids have no ventilation, so they will congregate on the higher (non ventilated) place possible. I came to this conclusion, because my megamareta enclosure is fully ventilated (top included) and the only place the colony congrates in, is the small gaps between the bark background and the acrylic panel, and where is guess the air doesnt flow so well.
    Well, at least this is what i concluded from my observation.. maybe u want to give it a try and see if a top ventilated lid would drive them downwards.
    Great post once again, cheers?

    1. Yeah, they're so pretty as adults. :D

      I have friends who ventilate their lids, and they have the same exact issues... Once your Megamareta colony actually starts breeding, you may notice this yourself. In starter colonies like yours, the individuals always hide and rarely hang around the lid, but once the population explodes, that's when they start climbing all over the place. It does depend on the species too though, some hang around on the lids less than others.