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Leaproach- new species of roach found in cape town, africa. DREAM FEEDER?!

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by codykrr, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. codykrr

    codykrr Arachnoking Old Timer

  2. lokalyokal

    lokalyokal Arachnopeon

    Wheres the beef!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Deroplatys

    Deroplatys Arachnodemon Old Timer

    Also known as cockhoppers :laugh:
  4. beetleman

    beetleman Arachnoking Old Timer

    hee hee.................true that!!!
  5. bugmankeith

    bugmankeith Arachnoking Old Timer

    Now I can see how cockroaches are related to grasshoppers!
  6. billopelma

    billopelma Arachnolord Old Timer

    I seem to recall reading that they're pretty small, like 1/4" or 3/8"...

  7. Malhavoc's

    Malhavoc's Arachnoking Old Timer

    1/3" according to the article, still pretty good for slings.
  8. crawltech

    crawltech Arachnoprince

  9. Scythemantis

    Scythemantis Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Feeders!? Hell no, dream PETS. A brand new species with a unique adaptation deserves better than for hobbyists to immediately think "ooh, food for my completely conventional inverts!"
  10. Dark

    Dark Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Indeed I second Scythemantis's comment, definitely absolutely evolutionarily amazing. The adaptation of roaches and their related cousins are absolutely amazing. Hell once we're all gone they'll be working their way up the ladder.

  11. A very inspiring response, but I think this species in particular has been overhyped. There are plenty of roach species in culture with much more interesting adaptations. Among these being brightly colored (in the case of Deropeltis paulinoi nymphs, almost glowing) and gregarious so as to make a gigantic, writhing blob, stridulation and complex courtship behaviors (Rhyparobia sp. court each other by squeaking and thumping their abdomens) and mimicry (Therea sp. mimic tiger beetles, Diploptera punctata mimics a small, brown beetle, Schultesia lampyridiformis mimics fireflies). Not to say that this new species isn't cool (I personally find all roaches beautiful and fascinating), but if I wanted to see a roach jump, I would handle an adult Periplaneta australasiae.
  12. Scythemantis

    Scythemantis Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Never seen the tiger beetle mimics! Any photos anywhere? Haven't seen roaches being that gregarious either!
  13. Here's a pic (not my pic) of the domino tiger beetle, which can squirt an irritating fluid at attackers:
    Here's Therea petiveriana, the domino roach, which mimics it:

    Here's a pic of two clusters of Deropeltis sp. "Jinka", which is a larger, darker Deropeltis species.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2011
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