Friday, May 14, 2021

Patchwork Roach Surprise!!!

Those Ignelater weren't all Alan Jeon had in store for me apparently, he also surprised me with around 20 first instar Gyna bisannulata! 😁 I've wanted to keep this species for quite a while now, but was gonna hold off on actually getting any until I was able to get a heat lamp or some other way of heating an enclosure in the higher 80s consistently for breeding the adults, since a lack of temps much above 76F° seems to be what did my capucina in for good. However, Alan surprised me with these cuties, and I'm certainly not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, besides, these are supposedly less picky about heat and other conditions according to some of my friends breeding them currently, so hopefully that'll translate into me having much more success with these than I did my capucina. 😅

I'm keeping them in a well ventilated gallon container with an inch of so of coconut fiber, two thirds of which I'm keeping humid, the other third dry, in a horizontal humidity gradient style. There are some small chunks of rotten wood mixed in, as well as crushed leaf litter, and I'll be offering chick feed and fruits as food. I'm keeping them at around 75F° at the moment, which at the very least should be fine for rearing nymphs.

Here are some pictures of the tiny little cuties:

So adorable, really can't wait to see adults of this beautiful species in person! 😍 Fingers super crossed I'll have better luck with them than I did my capucina! 🤞😅

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this post, big thanks again to Alan for sending me these cuties! Thank you all for reading, stay safe, and I'll see everyone next time! 😉

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