Common Name: Ghost Porcelain Cockroach
Scientific Name: Gyna caffrorum
Size: Various - per tub
Status: Captive Bred
Food : Cockroaches will eat a range of fruit, veg, cereals and kitchen scraps. I feed all my cockroaches on my dried 'cockroach mix' (muesli, cat biscuits, fish pellets and bran - mixed together), plus a little fruit and veg. I generally feed the cockroaches once or twice a week.
These cockroaches are very similar to the common Porcelain cockroach. They were imported as adults from South Africa in late 2011 and have bred well. The adults are approx. 3cm, the nymphs are handsomely mottled in black and white.
Note : A tub of cockroaches will always contain enough individuals to start a breeding colony, the number in a tub varies depending on size of species and how many I have in stock. (when I am overrun with a certain species a tub will contain as many as I can fit in!)
How I keep mine
I keep my Porcelain cockroaches in plastic boxes (24 litre or 32 litre, opaque, purchased from Wilko or Tesco). I make air holes in the lid with my little soldering iron, great for burning the right size holes through plastic. I use peat, coir or vermiculite on the base and add leaf litter (Oak, Beech or other hardwoods) and pieces of bark or egg trays to hide under. I am discovering more and more that many cockroaches will eat some leaf litter and seem to enjoy it but it isn't strictly necessary as I kept cockroaches successfully for many years without giving them any leaves. I feed them once or twice a week on my dried cockroach mix and pieces of fruit and vegetables. I find banana and cucumber are favourites.
I place my boxes on a shelf with a heat mat on it, I use a strip heat mat (15cm wide) and this covers part of the base of the box (several boxes can fit on one long mat). Like most bugs it is a good idea to give them a dry and a damp area to choose from. I find the area above the heat mat is dry and the area not covered by the heat mat is a little more moist. I use plastic boxes for my cockroaches as I have lots of species and don't have the space to keep them all in individual tanks but of course they do equally well when housed in a plastic or glass tank and are much more visible.
I find both sexes of the Porcelain cockroach can run fast and climb well, the males also like to fly so take care when you open the lid! They are both pretty and make excellent food for other bugs, spiders and reptiles. They are very easy to keep and breed.
Ghost Porcelain Cockroach (Gyna caffrorum) Per Tub
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