i am wondering if anyone keeps Neostylopyga Rhombifolia roaches aka halequin roaches. tot i post a thread to share on this as i still haven seen it posted
anyway , somehow or another, a good friend of mine managed to pass me some egg sac of this patterned roaches back year 2009 and i manged to start a small coloney of this specimen and recently they have matured and started laying egg sacs ..
currently have 05nos of egg sacs..[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
pic taken from the internet - currently i do not have a nice picture of my own.
some basic history of specimen..
The Harlequin Roach (Neostylopyga Rhombifolia) originated in Indo-Malaysia, found is the northern part of Australia is now well established in various parts of the Western Hemisphere, including Mexico where it also migrated northward, near the Arizona border, few adults were also found in South California.
The length varies from 20 to 27 mm. The tegmina (forewings) of both sexes are small lobes, only about 4 mm long, and hind wings are entirely lacking. Its distinctive colors and patterns make this roach one of the most beautiful species kept as pet by many enthusiast around the world. Very fast in its movements this species is a egg layer and can climb smooth surfaces. In optimal conditions females can lay a large quantity of oothecas (egg case) containing about 15-30 eggs each. Juveniles have a tan uniform color, molt after molt they acquire the characteristic design that distinguish adults.
The Harlequin Cockroach has the ability to produce a chemical (amyl acetate) that smells like pear drops which it uses to defend itself against predators..
Basic care .
i keep them like how i keep my laterias roaches but do take note that this specimen climbs and do ensure u got a sercured lid / cover