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Post by Luke on Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:54 pm

Not the greatest of pictures as it's dark (that's my excuse Laughing well that and the fact that's only when they come out of hiding) but you might be able to make out this female having a crawl on my hand, fit to burst! Should be dropping her baby roaches soon.


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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:09 pm

I want to raise a roach colony as food for my ants.

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Post by dermy on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:10 pm

Nice Roaches, I hope they breed well for you.

Myrm you'll have to make a journal about them.
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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:12 pm

I will Dermy Smile

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Post by dermy on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:25 pm

Cool, I'd keep them but it's Illegal with out permits and you can't get them these days [Permits]
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Post by Luke on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:25 pm

You should Myrm. They're really interesting and make for good feeders. What species will you get?

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:27 pm

I am not sure what to get, just a common species of the size of the one on your hand. I'd also love some Green Jewel Bettles (Chlorocala africana camerunica)

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Post by dermy on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:28 pm

Those things would be great.
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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:33 pm

The green jewel bettles will probably be pets rather than food for the ants. Unless they bred like crazy Razz

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Post by Luke on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:35 pm

That's a shame Dermy.

Around 60 adults - 30 M and 30 F and around 300 - 500 young.


Diet so far -

  • They're loving oranges, you can see a whole one cut in segments that they've stripped.
  • They got to "lick" my yoghurt lid Laughing (don't worry, it's what I left). 
  • They also have some banana.
  • carrot, 
  • dog biscuits.
  • some cake, because even roaches deserve a treat now and then:) That's what I've been feeding mine so far:)

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Post by dermy on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:36 pm

Cool, that's a different setup then I usually see with Roaches.
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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:36 pm

Awesome, Luke. I'll be sure to ask you any questions I need answered on keeping them. Smile

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Post by dermy on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:41 pm

Yes and maybe one day you could make a Care-Sheet For them? If you ever have time of Course!
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Post by Luke on Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:42 pm

Myrm, dubia are relatively slow moving and don't fly, no smell, can't climb and are easy to catch should you accidentally drop some. Nutritionally, I've read that it would require 6-7 crickets to equal that of one adult roach, so quite a meal!

Lobster roaches you can buy but as they climb they would require a barrier, and they have a sickly sweet smell that some say is like amaretto.

I've also kept Blatta lateralis before A.K.A turkestan or red runner roach. Very fast, very naughty and can escape if allowed to (probably won't catch it again unless you keep them in a sealed area). Males can fly. They smell. But on the plus side where they're very active they elicit a good feeding response. The female will lay an Ootheca too, so easy to keep the population under control if needed, ants mught even eat the egg cases.

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Post by Luke on Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:51 pm

Dermy, yeah I don't use the flat egg cartoons as they offer a lot of height, and as this is only a small bin while the colony grows. I don't want them trying to escape as I have no lid on there. I keep them in a black tub to offer more security, in my reptile room where it's a constant 80-83 so just to keep them comfortable and so it's not getting too hot or humid in there. The caresheet is a good idea.

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Post by dermy on Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:55 pm

Wow that's a lot of Information thanks Luke!
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Post by Luke on Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:34 pm

Caught this female yesterday at 2:15p.m starting the brroding process. Might be able to see her abdomen starting to "split" and then she goes on to produce an ootheca that she will pull it back into her body to incubate. In about a month when ready to hatch she will release them. Also, noticed at the start, she would chase any of the males off who got to close to her. I've also seen two more females favor this egg carton as brooding spots.


Can clearly see the protruding ootheca. She finished at around 4:10 - 4:16 p.m.

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Post by dermy on Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:36 pm

Look at all those males haha. I bet it's funny to see her chase them off.
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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:37 pm

Vary interesting, Luke.

Are the males the longer roaches?

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Post by dermy on Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:47 pm

Males have wings [but they can't fly at all, only flutter down] and females have what is described as Wing Buds.
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Post by Luke on Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:50 pm

It was funny Dermy! Also interesting as I've never noticed it before. I'm not sure if that's because I've used egg cartons vertically stacked.

Myrm yes, the males are the one with fully developed wings (they can't fly though) and the females are the chunkier ones with wing stubs.

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Post by dermy on Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:51 pm

That's pretty cool. I hope you get tons of babies.
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Post by Luke on Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:07 pm

Thanks Dermy Smile unfortunately not a good day for the roaches. Was checking on them and noticed a dead male (which is understandable as males don't live as long) however, I then noticed a dead immature roach! I also spotted a female that appears to be in the process of aborting an ootheca:(
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1) I found a bit of moldy orange underneath one of the cartoons! I stupidly put too much fruit into the container and it went moldy pretty quickly, which in turn would have killed them and stressed the female out. Can't be certain though this was the problem and if any more will go,

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Post by dermy on Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:10 pm

I hope you can fix the problem.
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Post by Luke on Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:25 pm

Yes, me too Dermy. Must remeber not to put too much fresh fruit/vegetables in. On the plus side there are loads of baby roaches Very Happy

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