Thursday, August 31, 2017

The "Catching Up" Update (Very Long Post!)

Sorry it's been a while since I last posted, I've been a bit down lately, as some of you may know, I am in the process of moving, and that has put a complete halt on any new invertebrate acquisitions for me. I had to turn down an offer on a roach species I've been waiting to become available for several months now, and have had missed out on a couple of other neat sales as well. 😞 All of that, plus a couple of other things in my life have put me in a bit of a bad mood lately, so I haven't felt like blogging at all, despite the fact that there have been several new developments in my collection. This post is meant to help you all catch up on most of the stuff that's happened since my last post! 🙂

First of all, you know that female Arenivaga sp. "Algodones Dunes" that I thought was mature? Well, turns out she was a subadult, she molted a few days ago, and boy did her coloration change a LOT! She is now a dark red, kind of the same color that my Arenivaga cf. genitalis and Arenivaga sp. "Dell City" females usually are, but with almost no light markings, and dark, almost black edges to her thoracic pads and the bottom of her pronotum. Overall I find the coloration very attractive, I wish I had a male for her now more than ever!! 😩

Here are some pictures of her:

I don't know why, but it was really hard to get clear, crisp pictures of her, I really need to get a better camera one day!

Most of my Balta notulata have started maturing, these ones grew a lot faster than their parents! I'm gonna have a ton more soon, I ended up with a good amount of offspring from just one adult female, and now I have at least a dozen adult females, and more on the way! 😁 I wasn't able to get any good pictures of the adults, just wanted to let you all know how they are doing, and that my culture has really bounced back in full force!

My Deropeltis sp. "Jinka" are almost all mature now, including four of the males! The males of this species look amazing, so cool and sleek looking, and aren't very skittish either, so handling them is easy! The first male to mature, (the one pictured), has slightly ruffled wings, two of the other males came out with perfect wings, and the other molted in a bad spot, so he ended up with really messed up wings unfortunately.

Here are some pictures of the first male to mature:

Can't wait until the females start producing oothecae, hopefully these will breed well for me!

All of my Drymaplaneta semivitta are mature now! (save for one small, stunted nymph). However, I haven't been able to get the females to lay ANY oothecae at all! I've never had an egg laying cockroach just refuse to lay any ooths, so I'm really not sure what to do. 😕

Their enclosure has been changed up a little to help aid egg laying, I put a thin layer of coconut fiber at the bottom of the enclosure, and I replaced their water bowl with a moist corner of the enclosure, with some bark pieces there in case the females needed to lay their oothecae on bark for some reason. I also added even more ventilation to the enclosure, and placed it on top of a heat cable, but I'm probably going to remove the cable, since it doesn't seem to be helping at all, and my room is already very warm.

I also have varied their diet a lot, in addition to chick feed, I'm offering them cat food and fruits, so far it doesn't look like that's helped anything. A couple days ago, I removed one of the adult females and placed her in my Deropeltis sp. "Jinka" enclosure, to see if the higher air humidity in there would help induce egg laying, we'll see how that goes. I'm deathly afraid of raising the humidity in the actual Drymaplaneta enclosure, since that could end up wiping them all out.

Will keep you guys updated on them, hopefully I can get them to lay some oothecae before they get too old!

My Gyna lurida are doing very nicely, I have a lot of adults right now, and lots of tiny babies too! 😊 The other day I tossed a banana piece in their enclosure, and they went nuts for it! Normally it's a hassle taking the lid off of their container to do maintenance, but this time they all just gravitated to the banana instead of trying to climb out!

Here are a couple of pictures of them eating the banana:

I love these guys, they may seem rather plain looking, but there is just something about the coloration of the adults that I adore!

One of my Panchlora sp. "White" females matured a while ago, which is great! 😄 Unfortunately it doesn't seem like my other two female nymphs will mature in time for the males to mate with them, so the fate of my colony all comes down to this one female! Luckily she seems healthy, and I saw her rotating her ootheca the other day, (I kept looking at their enclosure to make sure she wasn't aborting it), so hopefully babies aren't too far off in the future. Let's hope she produces more offspring than the original adults I got!

Lastly, I have moved my Polyphaga saussurei adults (and the few nymphs in their enclosure) into a larger bin, which I'm hoping will stop any future nymphs from dying off prematurely. They certainly seem to be eating more of the chick feed I am offering them, which is great, that one subadult nymph I have still hasn't matured though, I think she's a goner.

Here are a couple pictures of their new setup:

By the way, the two test groups of nymphs that I am using to tell which supplemental food is better, cat food or chick feed, are both doing very well, they are growing at the same rates, no die offs so far, etc., so I think it's safe to say that the switch to chick feed is NOT the cause of the young nymph die off I have been experiencing. If rehousing my main culture does not help things out at all, I don't really know what else to do.

Well, that about sums up most of what has happened in my collection since I last posted, there are a couple of other things I haven't brought up, but I'll save those for the next post, since this one is already very long! BTW, I made all the "topic divider" lines in bold for this post, do you guys like it better like this, or do you prefer the old way better? Let me know! I'm also going to start writing scientific names in italic for now on, since I'm pretty sure that is the "proper" way to write down scientific names.

Anyway, that's it for today folks, I hope everyone enjoyed this post, will see you all soon, stay tuned for the next post! 😉


  1. Yes, keep using the topic dividers.

    Like I said on roach forum, no matter how long the post is, you can always read it in a few minutes. I wish there was some way to speed up things a bit. Slow day here at Coniontis central...

    1. Glad you like them, so keep them bold like this then?

      Indeed, it always takes a lot more time to write these posts than it does to read them! At least your Coniontis seems to be doing well, right? That's the important thing. Heard more Coniontis drumming last night, this time from my CA species.