I Know I just made a post earlier today, but you can never have too many new blog posts to read! :)
So I recently made a trade with Webuildart on the All Pet Roaches Forum and received my end of the trade yesterday. I sent him some Eurycotis decipiens nymphs for some large Archimandrita tesselata nymphs and some large Therea olegrandjeani nymphs. I received the agreed upon amount of roaches with extras, adults, and an extra species included!
I'll start off with the T.olegrandjeani. I received four nymphs( there was one more nymph sent, but it ended up dying from shipping)and four adults of this cool, little species. I already had five nymphs, so with the new additions I have a nice colony of thirteen.
Here's some pics of my nymphs and adults!
|9 T.olegrandjeani nymphs|
|4 adult T.olegranjeani|
|Adult female T.olegrandjeani|
Second, I received ten medium-large A.tesselata nymphs. I have to say these are probably one of my most beautiful roaches even as nymphs with their stunning patterns and colors! The nymphs are actually so massive that they contend with my adult male Gromphadorhina oblongonota for largest roaches in my collection! Their reputation as the easiest to handle roach in the hobby is absolutely correct, they are easier to handle then even my adult hissers, and are extremely docile. I'm keeping them in a large, fifty-six quart, plastic Sterilite container with two large ventilation holes in each end. I am using a mix of coconut fiber and coconut husk as the substrate with a good amount of dead hardwood leaves and rotten wood on top.
Here are some pictures of my gentle giants and their enclosure!
|10 A.tesselata nymphs|
|High-orange A.tesselata nymph|
|A.tesselata nymphs on log|
|Largest A.tesselata nymph|
|Handling largest A.tesselata nymph|
Now for the extra and last species that I received......Gyna caffrorum or the Chrome roach! Was really surprised when I was looking through the aspen that my T.olegranjeani were shipped in to find two nymphs of this awesome-looking species! Wasn't really planning on keeping this small and super-hyper roach, not sure if I will try to keep them or if I will list them for sale, but in any event, it's still cool to have them.
Here's a pic of the two!
|2 G.caffrorum nymphs|
Hope you guys enjoyed this long and photo laden post, and goodbye!