Friday, December 4, 2020

My Deropeltis Matured!!!

My Deropeltis sp. "Masai Mara" pair have matured! 😁 They're a little on the small side for this species, probably a result of crowding in their old colony, but gorgeous nonetheless! Looks just like Deropeltis sp. "Jinka" to me, when mature at least. The female was super inquisitive during handling and tried nibbling on me a few times, really love these black velvet roaches! ☺

Here are some pictures of the pair in their new skins:

Adult female

Adult male

Adult pair

Such a neat species, now here comes the difficult part, I gotta breed the suckers now... Getting a bit of PTSD from failing with my sp. "Jinka" a few years back... 😂 Hopefully with a horizontal humidity gradient, and steady heat, I'll have success this time in hatching their oothecae! 🤞 Keeping my fingers heavily crossed! 

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this post, thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see you all next time! (so, tomorrow... 😜)

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Balta Are Back!!!

(Ty Schaben order Pt. 6) 

Now for what is truly the last "acquisition" of mine from this order, and I use quotation marks there because I don't know how long I'll actually be keeping them, only that they're too fragile in their current shape to be shipped, and so I've been charged in caring for them for a while, (maybe even breeding them, who knows). If you all have been following this blog for a while, then you're probably already familiar with this species, the small but ornate Balta notulata! 😁

Unfortunately the Balta notulata that were ordered in this package were the only species that looked to be completely dead on arrival. I did however, find a couple of viable looking oothecae within the deli cup, and isolated them into an incubation setup right away. Unfortunately, one has dimpled a bit and I think may be a dud. The other one did actually hatch, though less than 10 nymphs actually made it out of the ootheca, seems a few got stuck and died in the ooth for whatever reason. Still, a few notulata are better than no notulata, and unfortunately this species had indeed died out from US culture around a year ago, (bit of a crash and boom species, they're easy to breed and prolific, but they don't seem to love overcrowding and/or filth buildups, or dryness).

Their intended owner was Ectobiid enthusiast Alan Jeon, but since they are only hatchlings, Alan wanted me to hold onto them for a bit, so as to not risk them dying in transit. I've kept and bred this species quite successfully before, so it's no big deal to me, and hopefully I can at least rear them up to a big enough size to send them to Alan, who's been wanting to get them again for a while. 😄

Here are some pictures of a hatchling, even straight out of the oothecae they are quite ornately patterned:

A pretty species, one I'll be glad to see established in US Blatticulture once again! 🙂 Now we just need B.vilis to come back one day. 😜

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

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Better Hemithyrsocera vittata Pictures!

So, I have my long set of "New Acquisition" posts scheduled to come out every other day, around noon my time, and I guess in between those posts I'll be posting updates of species I've already posted about, when I have updates to give. Just trying to spread my content out a little more evenly, I didn't wanna cram all my new additions into a couple posts, you know? But, I also wanna post updates on my collection as they're happening, so yeah. 😛 Anyways, hope you guys are enjoying the steady influx of new content, I've completely shattered my hobby comeback goal of only keeping around 10 species, I'm up to 50 now!!! (but that's counting springtail species too). 😂 Now, to the post at hand!

My Hemithyrsocera vittata are doing OK so far, I never got an exact count of how many nymphs I initially received, but I estimated around 7-8. Unfortunately one of the smaller nymphs has just passed away due to a mismolt, but it did look like one of the weakest individuals... I for sure counted five healthy individuals in their enclosure while doing maintenance the other day, most of which appear to have gone through one or two molts already in my care, and hopefully there are one or two more hiding in the leaf litter. All I'll need is one or two pairs to establish a colony I believe, so hopefully luck is on my side! 🤞

Anyways, here are some slightly better pictures than last time of some nymphs of this beautiful species, they have a weird exoskeleton texture that makes my camera not want to focus on them, and they're hyper as all heck, plus their transparent white segment borders sometimes got washed out completely by the flash... I still want to get better pictures of these, but I didn't want to stress any of the nymphs out too much, not when my starter culture is so small, and the only one in the US hobby ATM... 😅

Nymphs of this species are far prettier than the adults IMO, but I'm still eager to see adults in person, and hopefully breed them successfully! 🤞

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

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Pallid Sun Roaches, Hemithyrsocera palliata!

(Magnificent Beasts Package Pt. 4)

The Pallid sun roach, Hemithyrsocera palliata, is is one of two Hemithyrsocera species commonly kept in culture, the other being vittata, and now I own both! 😃 This species is rather easy to breed, prolific as all heck, and will make great feeders for the mantids I wish to get from Brandon next year, hence why I've started a culture. Like vittata, they are diurnal, very active and hyper, all life stages can climb and the fully winged adults can fly. The color and patterning of the nymphs changes with seemingly every molt, and adults are almost handsome black-brown with with yellow margins/patterning.

I've got my group in a tall gallon container, much like my vittata enclosure, with a hole drilled into the enclosure and filled with sponge for maintenance, as they'll group around the lid most likely as the colony grows. They've got a substrate of coconut fiber mixed with crush rotten wood and leaf mulch, and they have bark and leaf litter for hides. Keeping them humid, and warm, 75F° or warmer for optimal breeding. I'll feed them chick feed, artificial pollen, and fruits. 
For the first time ever, I'm trying to incorporate live plants into a roach enclosure, as I've got two Pothos cuttings I made and rooted, but nowhere to put them. So I've placed them in this container, which will get decent light, and has a fairly organically rich substrate, (this is why I added rotten wood and leaf mulch to the mix, the roaches themselves have little use for either). I think the roaches will enjoy climbing on them, probably won't eat them, and it should make the enclosure look pretty nice! 😄 The cuttings are from Pothos plants I've had for over 8 years now, so no pesticide/herbicide risks or anything BTW. 

Here are some pictures of the speedy little things, very very difficult to get any decent pictures of them!

Large nymph

Adult male

A pretty little species, which will hopefully work well as feeders for me! 😁 Will likely end up using a combo of these and my vittata for feeders in the future, but I'll obviously first prioritize the spreading around of vittata in US culture, with these palliata I have no such obligations, as they're rather well established here already. 

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