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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by dermy on Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:27 pm

Hopefully they grow to adults soon so you can get a colony Going.
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by Luke on Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:01 pm

That's the plan Smile seems to be male heavy though. Thinking about starting a second colony with a more prolific species, maybe.

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Post by dermy on Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:02 pm

Cool, if you do try a different species we'd love to hear about it!

Males look like they'd be fun to mess around with.
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by Luke on Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:26 pm

I will do:) Lots of males


They're very interesting to watch. You can't really tell from the picture, but if you can make out the male in the background that has his wings slightly raised at an angle? He was tapping his abdomen on the cardboard, not sure why the males do this? Territory reasons or for the females, maybe

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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by dermy on Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:41 pm

I'd think Territory, man you've got a lot of males!
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by Luke on Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:36 pm

dermy wrote:I'd think Territory, man you've got a lot of males!

Thanks Dermy Very Happy Do seem to be male heavy:o They seem to be in love with the oranges from Tesco, lol. They've stripped a whole one in a day nearly! Yet the orange I got from green grocers they barely touched:s

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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by dermy on Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:19 pm

Hmm, have you ever considered that Green Grocers sprays Insecticides? or something else the roaches may not like?
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by Luke on Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:54 am

I normally tend to give them a quick rinse, albeit not a good thorough scrub. Funny you should mention it because the ones I get from Tesco are organic, and as you say no insecticides. Maybe that's what the problem was, and what caused the female to abort her ootheca sad

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Post by dermy on Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:58 pm

It might be worth your time to only use Tesco Oranges and see if that helps.
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Post by Luke on Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:16 pm

dermy wrote:It might be worth your time to only use Tesco Oranges and see if that helps.

Will do, Dermy Very Happy I noticed some newly born nymphs today bounce I got them a nice little treat today too.

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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by dermy on Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:23 pm

That's Great News!
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by Luke on Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:24 pm

Cleaned out the dubia, well when I say cleaned I mean remove the old bits of orange skin.  They're in need of an upgrade now

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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:27 pm

Wow that is quite a bit of roaches! I can't wait to see how many more you get Razz

Post some updates once you get them a bigger Enclosure, if you want you could make this a journal
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by Luke on Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:15 pm

Thanks Dermy, will do. They're definitely in need of a bigger enclosure, they're getting cramped sad Oh Thank-you, that would be awesome Very Happy

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Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:18 pm

Okay I can move it to the Journal board if you'd like Very Happy
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by Luke on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:06 pm

Yes please Dermy Very Happy

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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:28 pm

There you go Luke moved it to the Journal board for you!
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by Luke on Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:52 pm

Thank you Dermy!

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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by dermy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:56 pm

No problem!
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by Luke on Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:02 am

I caught a a lot of nymphs and a big adult female this morning eating some very ripe pears and courgettes I had forgotten to eat!



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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by dermy on Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:30 am

That looks like a big colony Razz
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by Luke on Thu May 28, 2015 11:05 am

Was just feeding this colony and shot a short video of them, and how much they've grown since I started with them in late December. Looking very cramped now! So definitely have to upgrade the cage now.
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by dermy on Thu May 28, 2015 11:07 am

Now that is a nice sized Roach Colony, just wait in the next few months I bet the population will explode!

Do you notice any smell? Do you use substrate or is that just their frass?
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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by Luke on Thu May 28, 2015 11:22 am

Hopefully Dermy. No smell at all Smile Had this been a cricket colony you'd be able to smell them before you enter the room :p

Just their frass. I used to clean roach colonies religiously (now only every 6 months or so) but I noticed the males of certain species were prone to eating the newborn nymphs.

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Re: Blaptica dubia

Post by dermy on Thu May 28, 2015 11:25 am

Ah okay, is this your first Roach Colony?
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