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WC roaches from isopod source

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by Dr Acula, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Dr Acula

    Dr Acula Arachnobaron

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    I have an old tile sample wrapped in a pillowcase, that I leave outside to let isopods gather underneath. It proves quite effectively in gathering at least a few colonies worth and also pulls in roaches and millipedes. I collected some of the roaches and wanted to know what specific species they are. Was also going to try offering them to some of my Ts since the area I collect them from isn't affected by pesticides.

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  2. Curious jay

    Curious jay Arachnodemon

    I'm no expert but the black ones look similar to Princisia vanraewebeki, the others look a little like Eublaberus distani but can't see there heads so I'm not to sure, BUT these guesses are just from a quick scan of a few websites with feeder roaches so I doubt my guess is very accurate as a lot look very similar but maybe you could try the names I gave and try to cross reference them?
     
  3. ZephAmp

    ZephAmp Arachnobaron

    Pycnoscelus surinamensis.
     
  4. Dr Acula

    Dr Acula Arachnobaron

    Yes, that looks exactly like them. Thank you!

    Would these serve as a healthier alternative to crickets? I would breed dubias but they're illegal in FL, so I'm thinking of settling with these guys.
     
  5. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    i would definitely research before feeding. some roaches have decent repugnatorial secretions. a good trick, which i believe should apply to all roaches, is that when they molt the actually shed out their reserve of repug, and should be much safer to feed for a day or two
     
  6. They make excellent feeders for all types of predators. I have a colony that I use for my reptiles but I don't sell them because they are too pesty. They are transported all over the country by the agricultural and floral industries. Two good points: they don't climb glass and breed quickly. You're doing your local ecosystem a favor each time you collect them (and non-native isopods, in my opinion).