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  2. Boomie

    Keeping Dubia Roaches with red-Runners

    They can live perfectly fine together, but Turkish are pest in the end. I raise my roaches in a facility so I can't avoid 'free roaches'. Turkish and Dubia have been mixed often here and never have any problem except when you go to sift your dubias you gotta sift out the red runners as well.
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  4. Boomie

    ID help needed

    Looks like a Dusky Cave too me!
  5. EricSJCA

    Outdoor Composting Pets?

    What happens to all the waste?
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  7. Test Account

    elongated treeroaches

    enjoy https://spkns.blogspot.com/2018/11/i-stare-vacuously-at-katydids.html?m=0
  8. Did you see the "spider herbivory is widespread" research papers?
  9. Test Account

    Outdoor Composting Pets?

    I've seen hundreds of "wild" Porcellionides swarming CA compost bins
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  11. Arthroverts

    Outdoor Composting Pets?

    It sounds like a great idea in theory. However, while most of the isopod species you suggest are already established within the U.S, many other kinds of isopods and most roach species are not (not counting Blatta sp.). If some were to get out of the composting enclosure (you probably won't be able to find a mesh that let droppings pass through without taking babies with it), it could wreak havoc on your local species and food chain. That is worst case scenario of course, but it COULD happen. Also, if the substrate is not deep enough, a freeze or heatwave could wipe out the whole project. I would rather suggest you do an indoor bin of some sort. I have a bin with 30+ Limax flavus and 10 Eublaberus posticus that I put my food waste into (fruits and vegetables only), and usually a whole apple/pear core can be gone in a couple of days. Plus, it does not smell or grow mold. I hardly do any maintenance on it, and the roaches burrow into the substrate (preventing anaerobic conditions from developing) while the slugs hide in a little pot I put in for them. I would like to add some Porcellio scaber to eat whatever is left over, but that is pretty much it. Completely self-cleaning and self-harvesting like you said. And thats my two cents! Hope it helps! Thanks, Arthroverts
  12. Hisser nymphs can be almost impossible to tell apart, and adults of some "Princisia" and Gromphadorhina strains are difficult to tell apart as well, seeing as many commonly sold strains of both are actually hybrids between the two... Additionally, "Princisia" may not be a valid genus in the first place, so even under a microscope you probably couldn't tell their nymphs apart from Gromphadorhina.
  13. Hisserdude

    Help me identify these nymphs please !

    Sorry for the extra late reply lol. They are definitely hissers, but you can't really ID them from nymphs, and if they are unlabeled you might not even be able to tell what they are once mature...
  14. Ah, now I understand! Well, I myself do at times worry that I might not be able to distinguish my Polyphaga species if I ever had to. So in that sense I understand your hypothetical challenge
  15. stanislas

    Hey From NY!

    Welcome Cole! I'm pretty sure that your experience with all kind of invertebrates can help the roach community as well.
  16. All About Arthropods

    Hisser Help? (Possibly Elliptorhina davidi)

    Surely no one will ever known every miniscule shard of information about any roach (or organism in general), but as far as things that the hobby concerns, you'll definitely get there. If there's one neat thing about hybrids, it is the color variation; I bet you'll see some beautiful looks thrown around.
  17. Which isopods and roaches would fare okay outdoors in shady, slightly sheltered area in San Jose, CA, where it only barely freezes at night or reaches 100° a few days of the year. I'm guessing at least A. vulgare, and P. dilatatus, and oriental roaches (Blatta orientalis) since they can be collected outdoors here almost year round, but what about the rest? Porcellio ornatus? Porcellionides pruinosus? Porcellio dilatatus? Porcellio laevis? Roaches? Etc. I was thinking of starting some compost pet colonies outside. If only I could find a sturdy mesh floor that would let isopod droppings pass through, but keep most of the isopods in, that won't rot or rust. A mesh floor could drip out excess water, keep it from growing nasty anaerobics at the bottom, and I was hoping to come up with a more trouble-free enclosure that could almost self-clean detritivore waste and self-harvest compost. What do you think?
  18. kawaiiroaches

    Using food to change the color of my hissers?

    The fish food could be darkening their color, but full black hissers are pretty rare as some gene mutations make them ebony. Hissers seem to have somewhat of a random genetic lineup from what I understand, especially if they’re mixed. Experiment with different fruits and veggies and dry puppy food, see what you get. My roaches love oranges, carrots, pineapple, and strawberries.
  19. Honestly, what a huge help. I’ve tried to educate myself as much as I can on hissers, but I suppose I’ll always have something to learn. I have to say, she’s one of the most beautiful roaches I’ve ever owned, that picture really doesn’t do her justice. She also has very prominent horns for a female. Now I’m very curious to see what types of colors their nymphs will develop, as I’m now trying to nurture a larger colony. If some will favor her more than him. This brood was about 40, so we’ll see what color variations happens.
  20. All About Arthropods

    Hisser Help? (Possibly Elliptorhina davidi)

    No prob! I would say she's pretty much certainly mixed with G.oblongonota as they're the second most common hisser species in the hobby and she does show similar dark red coloration.
  21. Interesting, thank you! I don’t mind at all that she’s a hybrid, as I won’t be selling her offspring, but I suspected she wasn’t a bumpy hisser because she’s been breeding. As I said, still pretty new to roaches and bugs... 😅 Just begs the question for me of what she’s mixed with.
  22. All About Arthropods

    Hisser Help? (Possibly Elliptorhina davidi)

    Unfortunately she is a Gromphadorhina hybrid; they can vary much in color from individual to individual. The male features much more of the classic MHC coloration, but he is still almost surely a hybrid as well since he wasn't gotten from one of the couple select sources for pure G.portentosa such as Kyle Kandilian of Roachcrossing.
  23. Help with ID? I’m still fairly new to this hobby, and the other day, I was reading up on hisser breeds. I found that my female looks almost nothing like my male, except for the fact that she is definitely a hisser. Could she be the coveted bumpy hisser or am I just getting my hopes up? She is textured as I hope you can see. I bought her at a pet shop as a MHC. My male is definitely a MHC, he fits the bill. He is pretty docile and likes being handled, while she can be somewhat fussy and picky about food but I believe this may just be personality type A Picture of the roaches So, thoughts? Could she be a bumpy hisser? I don’t care either way, I love her no matter what, I’m just really, really curious.
  24. Matttoadman

    ID these bugs found in Dubia bin

    Wow that’s a unsolicited commercial. We get the link and all.
  25. PeterMurphy

    ID these bugs found in Dubia bin

    My friend was very curious to start a colony of Blaptica dubia. He did and is crazy about them. He has 1 male and 3 female. But now he is also noticing some bugs in his dubia cage. It was hurting them. When consulted with the professionals Rocklin pest control they suggested to spray the entire room and home foundation. It seems that the infestation was quite big. During the process, the cage was shifted in my home. After the treatment, it is all fine now!
  26. PeterMurphy

    DIY Modified Sterilite Gasket Tubs from Target

    How are the colonies now?
  27. PeterMurphy

    Millipedes and fungus gnats

    Yeah, very well said. I agree.
  28. Cole

    Hey From NY!

    Yes I have! I kept Ponera Pennsylvanica for some time, but it didn't last in the end.
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