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Dspdrew's Desert Cockroaches (Arenivaga sp. or Eremoblatta sp.)

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#1 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 16 2018 - 6:59 AM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

I first found a male of one of these a while back while running a black light out in Glamis, California.
Here's the ID thread I made for them.
Apparently the females live underground and rarely come to the surface, so they are a lot harder to find, but last year while digging for Acromyrmex, I came across one of them, possibly two. I'm not exactly sure which genus the male in the ID thread is, or the female I have now is, but it's either Arenivaga or Eremoblatta.

This is the male I found three years ago.











Here is the female and subadult possible male or female.











I decided to keep them in one of my Dirt Box formicariums.







So far, I've had them for almost six months, and they have both grown quite a bit. I've been feeding them Formula Blue 100 ant food, pieces of fruit, feeder roach food, and crickets.

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#2 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted February 19 2018 - 7:41 AM


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Beautiful species! Maybe feed them stuff like carrots, lettuce, etc.

#3 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted February 19 2018 - 11:17 AM


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I've heard some roaches really like citrus fruits. Maybe give that try? Nice catch though!

Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera


Other:  Millipedes



Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)


Indian Mealmoth Culture


Some types of mites

#4 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 18 2018 - 5:14 PM


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#5 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 19 2018 - 5:50 AM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

Oh yeah these eventually died unfortunately.

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