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 Blaberus discoidalis - Freshly molted to winged adult - Blaberus

Blaberus discoidalis - Freshly molted to winged adult - Blaberus
May 16, 2005
Size: 2+"
Here is a Discoid roach that had just molted in my tarantula tank. It is almost ethereal, though probably not a word most would use to describe a roach! Get the feeling it is looking back at you?

Now that there's a genus page, this image seems to be best placed here. Moved from Blaberidae.

I'm not sure
what others might think. Normally exotic "placeholders" are frassed when images of natives are obtained.

I agree, but
Right now we have only 2 images, so there is no harm in keeping this a little longer. Eventually, it should go, I think.

As the contributor...
I will chime in here. I'm sorry to see that this should "eventually go" and not clear as to why? Eric stated (10/31/05) it as occurring in the FL keys, which I have also read.

As the keeper/breeder of this colony (and other species, all of which the parents came from an entomologist) at the time, I can attest to it being a Blaberus dicoidalis. I do understand how BG may not consider my roach knowledge precise enough -or the fact that I do not still have this roach, or colony to prove identification- to create a species page.

Just my 2 cents... ;)

Eric actually seems to say that it is an exotic, but the genus (not the species) occurs in FL (if I am reading it correctly). That is why it was used as a placeholder in the first place.
But regardless of any of that... We regularly frass images of captive raised specimens as wild images are added to the guide. We just went though a round of frassing many great butterfly images because they were from indoor butterfly exhibits, and we now have more wild images of those species.
So it has nothing to do with your ID, or with Eric's comment, the debate is simply "now or later". Sorry.

why did I get an email saying update?
but I don't see any change/move/update, etc...Just got it 6/27/09

just wondering?

Hi Bonnie,

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Yes, thanks...
I think this happened once before and I never knew why but since this is my photo I was a bit more curious ;) I will now know for future "ghost" emails as well!


Thanks for the explanation
It has happened to me too and I didn't figure it out.

It almost looks like theres a
It almost looks like theres a heavy browed face on it's thorax... It even has a nose. Beautiful... For a roach =P

Where from?
Did you collect it or buy it from a store? I understand that the original distribution of this species is from Mexico to South America. If it was introduced to the US, do you know its present distribution?

Beatriz - actually, I did not know it was in the states in the states and should have put it in Frass, but Eric said it is found in FL, too.

To answer your questions - I breed them as feeders for my tarantulas and lizards. This one molted right in a T's tank and I happened to look just at the right time!

Let's keep this image.
I understand what Beatriz is saying, and normally I, too, would suggest an exotic species be frassed. But, the genus occurs in Key West, Florida; and, this is a highly-educational image demonstrating how freshly-molted insects can be mistaken for "albinos."

Did not know this!

I was under the impression that they were MX & SA but the FL Keys are certainly suitable! Glad the image can stay - thanks!

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