9/5/2022: A beginning roach keeper’s dream come true
I’ve been in overdrive catching up on all the things that need to be done, but I’m particular invigorated to get ahead on things before a busy fall sets in. Most of my colonies are thriving and that momentum goes a very long way, and to keep that momentum sometimes chunks of work need to be done besides the monthly heavy spray and feed.
Cracking open my Panesthia angustipennis cognata “Laos”, I was floored to see the substrate had turned from wood to mostly roaches. Years ago when I started roachkeeping, Panesthia were incredibly rare and coveted; a handful of upper echelon keepers kept small groups but the several species that popped up never got a foothold. With my hat in the ring and a lot more experience, they have done very well for me. Younger Kyle would be elated to know he eventually propagated a hefty harvest of these eclectically-marked roaches. It must also be mentioned this colony started as a group of 8 tiny nymphs a little under 2 years ago. With patience, many things are possible!