Ok - It's illegal to own non-native cockroaches here in Florida, and no local insect supplier can get them. Once in a while I see some Madagascar hissing roaches at pet shops, for $15 or more each, but they get away with it because they are selling all females (supposedly). So getting Blaptica dubia is out of the question.
So I'm wondering if I would be able to collect some local species of roaches (palmetto bugs) and start breeding them? Would their nutritional value be comparable?
Opinions and insight appreciated. I know I'll have a few hoops to jump through, as these guys can fly when mature (though they typically don't), so making an enclosure that's secure, but still has ventilation will be a challenge. Maybe a glass cage with a screen lid....
In the end, at least it won't matter if a few of these get out, as they are a native species.
I also know I can collect them relatively safely from work (the zoo) as pesticides, including bug spray are strictly forbidden on their 120+ acre property. I think any of those would have worn off, or been flushed from the system after I have them for a few months (or long enough to establish a colony...)