Monday, February 24, 2020

Cockroach Offspring Census

So far so good for 2020, I decided to take some better counts of my two roach species in an attempt to get a better idea of where my colonies stand, and was pleasantly surprised by both! 😁

First of, let's start with my Gyna capucina. I counted 60+ nymphs, a dozen or two of which were newborns, and there were around four pre-sub or subadult females, which is great of course! 😃

There were also another dozen or so adults, four of which were females, two of which seem to have matured rather recently... The longest one of them was actually a rather bright pink color, which I was happy to see, she was also the plumpest of the four, so hopefully about to give birth? We'll see, but in any case, I had to get at least one shot of her before letting her go back into the substrate:

She's a beauty isn't she! 😍
I also have switched back to a vertical humidity gradient as originally planned, thanks to my decision to move the heat cable around to a better spot, and I think this gradient will work a lot better for them than the temporary horizontal gradient I had to use.
As for my Bantua sp. "Namibia", I've either been counting the amount of offspring per litter wrong, or there have simply been more litters than I thought, because I thought I'd have around 30 or so babies in there. In reality, I counted 56+ L1-L3 nymphs!!! 😮 Plus there's a dozen adults, (mostly females), and 2-3 nymphs from the first litter my colony produced that are still a couple molts away from maturity. So they're doing fantastic! 😄

No pictures this time, but in case you all haven't seen it, I did just make a quick care video on these guys, though for more precise husbandry info you should definitely read my caresheet for them!

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

Monday, February 17, 2020

Tiny Teneb Update

So apparently my two Lepidocnemeplatia sericea and sole Opatroides punctulatus are all still alive, still no offspring, think I got unlucky and caught all males, oh well!

Anyways, decided to test out my sister's new camera, with one of the L.sericea as a test subject, I think the result was pretty nice, best picture I've gotten of this species for sure:

So yeah, might be seeing more pictures from that camera on this blog, I'm also thinking of using my phone for more pictures or at least videos in the future, I'm not sure...

Anyways, that's it for this short post, thanks for reading everyone, hope you all enjoyed, I'll see you next time! 😉

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day Gyna Update!

My Gyna capucina are doing great, I'm seeing more first instars in there, and the small nymphs from my original package are all growing nicely now, so I'm sure my females have been giving birth! 😁

I'm getting a new wave of adults maturing, mostly males, some of which are pretty large, others are super tiny... Why that is, I'm not sure, as their enclosure is pretty dang spacious, and they've got more than enough food, just weird variation I suppose! 🤷 Since it is a mix of sizes, and they're all healthy looking, I'm not complaining!

Anyways, here's some pictures of one of the smaller males, figured this would be a good post for Valentine's Day, they are pink roaches after all... 😜 (Let me know what ya'll think of photos aligned to the center of the post, rather than the left).

"Belly rubs?" (covered in dust because he tried escaping a couple times)

Here's hoping I'll have plenty of these guys available this year, they seem to be doing well so far, I really wanna try and get these well established in the US! 😄

Anyways, that's it for this post everyone, I hope all you couples are having a great Valentine's Day, and hope all you singles are doing alright too! 💕 Thanks for reading, I'll see you all next time! 😉

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Some Bantua Pictures

So far my Bantua sp. "Namibia" babies all seem to be doing great, they are growing well and several are third instars already! 😁 A couple of my adult females may be about to pop soon, the rest all either recently matured, or just gave birth.

The main point of this post is that I took some pictures of one of the adult males and a plump female recently, which I will share here!



Gotta love this species, I am really looking forward to posting some for sale when it gets warmer, so be on the lookout for the return of the "For Sale" page here in the next couple months!

Anyways, that's it for this post, thanks for stopping by, I hope everyone enjoyed, will see you all next time! 😉

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Fourth Bantua Birth!

A couple days ago, (the 23rd to be exact), I checked on my Bantua sp. "Namibia" colony and found another female using one of the cork hides, surrounded by newly birthed but fully hardened nymphs, which I assume were hers... So we have yet another brood! 😁
I think my colony is set now, definitely seems like I have their care down, so now just to establish my colony enough to start spreading them around in the hobby! 😄

Well, that's it for this short update, thanks for reading, I hope everyone enjoyed, and I'll see you all next time! 😉

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Third Bantua Birth!

I've got good news and better news for you lot today regarding my Bantua sp. "Namibia" colony! 😀

So, upon further inspection, it seems there are at least 7, maybe 9 nymphs from last week's brood, so that brood was actually a decent sized one, almost makes me wonder if two females gave birth on the same day... Every single one seems very healthy and they all look like they're going to molt soon, so overall they're doing great!

However in even better news, yesterday while I was doing maintenance, I looked inside one of my corkboard hides, and found a female surrounded by pale, soft, newborn nymphs! 😁 I counted at least 5 nymphs around her, however it's entirely possible, nay, probable, that there were more I missed out of sight within the hide... 😃 I could also see the remnants of her ootheca within the hide, and it seems one nymph did fail to develop correctly and never hatched, but that's a somewhat normal occurrence in Blaberid broods.

I regret not getting any photos of the nymphs while they were still pale and new, but I really didn't want to stress them out any more than I already had. 😅 In the future when my colony is bigger I'll try to get pictures of any freshly born nymphs I find!

So anyways, it seems I was right in my hypothesis that my females all started gestating shortly after I added more ventilation to their enclosure over three months ago, as it seems I am now getting births on the regular. 😁 Let us hope that in no time, I will have a fully established colony of these cuties!

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this update, I hope everyone enjoyed, thanks for reading, I'll see you all next time! 😉

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Second Batch of Bantua Babies!!!

So this post should have come out a couple days ago, but alas, complications arose, ensued, were overcome, so let me just start by saying, we've got more Bantua sp. "Namibia" babies!!! 😁

One of my females just gave birth, like I have been expecting them to, since it's been a little over three months since I gave them a significant boost in airflow, which I assumed would make them all start gestating normal broods. Just a couple days ago, the night of the 10th to be exact, I opened up their enclosure and right at the top was a little first instar Bantua nymph! 😄 I rushed to check the rest of the enclosure, and found several more nymphs, but once again, the litter appears to have been a small one, the total I've been able to find so far is five... 😕

However, I've been asking around, and according to data compiled from four other breeder's, apparently anywhere from 5-15 nymphs is considered the norm with this species, with the females' first litters usually containing only half a dozen offspring, (their second litters are usually larger, with 10-15 nymphs being the norm). So then, the amount of offspring I've received from my past litter, (6) and this one, (at least 5), may actually be normal, (for my females' first litters at least).

This begs the question though, did I even NEED to add more ventilation in the first place? I originally thought the small litter size from my first brood was due to lack of adequate ventilation, which is why I added more... However, this recent birth happened almost exactly when I thought it would, based on my assumption that the females would have started gestating properly immediately after the airflow was increased, which seems to insinuate that increased airflow was necessary for proper gestation.
So either; A) The first birth was an abnormality from my first mature female and increased airflow was needed to get the other females to gestate properly.
Or B): The airflow didn't need to change at all, and for some reason my other females are taking around six months to finish gestating instead of three like my first female, and the timing just happens to correlate with my prediction of them giving birth around this time...

I don't know which one is correct, if all my other females that look gravid start popping within the next week or so, I'd assume the first scenario is the right one. If not, then there's probably something wrong with my husbandry, OR my first batch of individuals was screwed up somehow by being shipped, (in which case their newly mature and just birthed offspring should reproduce in a more normal fashion). Time will tell I suppose... 🤔

However, I have some sad news regarding this latest brood of nymphs... While checking up on them initially and counting them all, it appears I accidentally SMASHED and killed one of the first instars between two pieces of decor... 😭 I very rarely accidentally smash my pet inverts, so it's always a quite disheartening event, and to have done it to one of my much anticipated Bantua babies is a real slap in the face... 😢 On the bright side, there are at least four more perfectly healthy offspring from the same litter still alive in the enclosure, and hopefully many more are on the way!

Here are some pics of one of the cuties:

So dang cute, and I admit I hadn't really noticed the orange spots and borders on the sides of first instars until now! 😊 I hope these new babies are the first of many coming this month, and that they have as high as a survival rate as my first batch of babies did! (100% survival rate so far!). 😁

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