Saturday, December 18, 2021

Orange Dominos Are Back!

Magnificent Beasts 2021 Package Series Pt. 2/7
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Been getting a lot of species that I used to have years ago that I miss, and today's roach is one such species; Therea regularis, the "Orange Domino Roach"! 😃 

Oddly, while usually, popular species like this get more common and affordable over time, these were actually cheaper and more readily available back in 2016 when I first got mine! They kinda crashed in US culture a few years after that, but are now on the up and up again, though the market price for a starter colony has risen quite a bit... 😅 They are a bit slower breeding and finicky than the other two common Therea in culture, but still can be quite prolific when established.

I've got my dozen or so individuals housed in a well ventilated enclosure with a substrate of used coconut fiber from my old Lucihormetica grossei enclosure, with some shredded bark fiber stuff on top to act as substitute leaf litter cover. I'm keeping half the enclosure humid, the other half dry, and relatively warm (75F° or so). For food I'm using dog food as the staple, with fruits and artificial pollen on occasion.
While in the past I've given Therea spp. leaf litter for food and cover, it's not actually necessary in the slightest, and Brandon actually says he hasn't given his Therea spp. leaf litter in years... And he's got tons of each, including these regularis. 😄 So, no leaf litter this round, let's see how it works. 

Here are some pics of them:


Adult female

Looking forward to breeding these again, they were never super prolific for me when I kept them years ago, but I'm hoping with some added heat and attentive care, I can get them breeding better this go around. 🤞😁

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

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