Friday, October 8, 2021

More Tiny Brown Ectobiids!

2021 Roachcrossing Shipment Series Pt. 1/4
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Today's round of new roaches was brought to you (and me) by Kyle from, I sent him some rarer Ectobiids I had, and in exchange he sent me some neat Ectobiids he'd been culturing! ๐Ÿ˜„

First, let's start of with the cutest species he sent, Chorisoneura parishi! This particular species of Chorisoneura has evaded culture for a while, yet they've proven even easier to breed than C.texensis! They prefer dryer conditions than texensis and have a similar need for good airflow, also only being found in south FL in the US, they like it warm year round. High heat seems helpful for breeding but perhaps not necessary. My main concern with these honestly is going to be keeping Entomobrya from getting into their setup and outcompeting them lol!

I've got my 8 or so adults and 1 nymph in a small, well ventilated container with a thin layer of coco fiber substrate, and some vertically slanted bark and leaf litter for hides. I'm keeping them at around 75F, and will be keeping two thirds of their enclosure dry, the remaining third humid. I've got a feeding port in their enclosure, since like C.texensis and Plectoptera poeyi I'm SURE the nymphs will always cluster underneath the lid of their enclosure... ๐Ÿ˜’ For food I'll be offering dog food, chick feed, and fresh fruits.

Here are some pics of an adult male and female, in their tiny roachy glory:

Adult male, finger for scale

I think two males

Adult female

Such a nice little species, the adults look much like those of texensis, but some individuals come out much darker, and with two toned antennae. Occasionally the adults have Blattella-like stripes on their pronotums. The nymphs of the two species on the other hand look quite different from each other. Looking forward to establishing a colony of this species! ๐Ÿ˜

Now we move onto the second species of Ectobiid I got, Euthlastoblatta diaphana. This species has been in culture in Europe for years, but hasn't really gained a foothold in the US hobby up until now. Adults look like your typical light tan Ectobiid, however the larger nymphs of this species are beautiful and ornately patterned, which is what makes them worth keeping IMO! ๐Ÿ˜ Tiny nymphs kinda look like young Periplaneta fuliginosa nymphs.

I have my 8 or so tiny nymphs in a moderately ventilated setup with a thin layer of coconut fiber as the substrate, with vertically slanted bark and leaf litter for hides. They will be kept rather humid, and at around 75-80F. For food I'll offer dog food, artificial pollen, and fresh fruits.

Here are some pics:

Definitely an underrated species in Blatticulture IMO, one I really hope to see do well in the US hobby from here on out!

Oh, and lastly, I got some Bantua robusta "Namibia" male nymphs from Kyle. My remaining small culture seems to be recovering from the springtail related stress that's been causing them such a high mortality rate, and I've really upped the heat and ventilation levels in their current container... So everything SHOULD be perfect for them now. Sadly all of my mated adult females died, and it would seem that most of my remaining nymphs are females... So I needed a boost of new male nymphs for the colony, and Kyle thankfully delivered. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully they can bounce back from this crash and get back to breeding better, fingers crossed!

Anyways, that's gonna do it for today, but stay tuned, because these roaches weren't all I got from Kyle... ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for reading everyone, hope you enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see you all in the next post! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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