Friday, April 15, 2016

Entomophagus Fungus Woes...

I have been experiencing a lot of die offs in certain species due to an Entomophagus fungus, particularly in my Cariblatta lutea, Parcoblatta bolliana and Parcoblatta unknown fulvescens like caudelli cultures.

You guys already know what happened to my P. unknown fulvescens like caudelli, but my Cariblatta lutea and Parcoblatta bolliana colonies have been suffering as well. Almost all of my Cariblatta lutea have died off, all I have left are two adult males and one adult female. I have removed them from their old cage and have moved them into a smaller container.

As for my Parcoblatta bolliana, all I have left is one adult female. Luckily she has been mated, so hopefully she will lay some ootheca and keep the population going. I have her in a small deli cup for now.

They were wild caught so they must have been infected by the fungus when I first got them. They have been slowly dying off for a while now, though I did not know why. Lately it has been happening at an alarming rate, and I did not realize what was going on until it was too late. I really hope both species pull through, I think I have a decent chance with the P.bolliana but the Cariblatta are already hard to breed and I fear I may lose them.

Anyway, just thought I'd let you guys know what's going on. I will be acquiring some new roaches soon, so stay tuned, I'll see you all next post! :)

2 comments:

  1. Sorry for you're losses, I hope you're remaining few roaches for those species can reproduce for you. Hope you don't have too many more problems with this fungus in the future.

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  2. Thanks, unfortunately my last P.bolliana female died today. :( My C.lutea look better though, I still have hope for them.

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