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  2. Don't worry, it's definitely the correct forum section I specialize in eating research papers for lunch; here's what I found "Abdominal tergites black with broad yellow anterior borders" http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1665/1082-6467(2004)013[0057:ANGASO]2.0.CO%3B2#/doi/abs/10.1665/1082-6467(2004)013[0057:ANGASO]2.0.CO%3B2 In other words, the entire dorsal surface of the roach's abdomen is striped w black and yellow, including the parts hidden by wings Good luck with your book! I'm glad that non-pest roach species are starting to appear in popular sci literature
  3. Yesterday
  4. Hello everybody ! I'm an illustrator and I'm currently working on a book about insects (kind of a pop-up book for children in which you can lift the wings of an insect to see underneath for example). I would like to feature in this book the beautiful Simandoa Conserfariam, but unfortunately, I cannot find a picture with a view under the elytras of the full abdomen and the wings (I read that the simandoa have fully developed wings). I contacted shops and even a Natural History Museum, but in vain ! (the museum didn't have a specimen) So I was wondering if one of you guys had some informations on that subject ! Hope I'm posting this in the right forum :) Thank you !!
  5. Test Account

    Cleaning?

    With dryness-proof beetles like darklings and some carabids, I serve their food on "dishes" to avoid dirtying the floor. The rest of the cage has no moisture, discouraging mold. Unlike many beetles, a number of roaches tend to be more dessication-prone (is this true for Dubias?). Maybe putting food dishes at a dry area and making a wet corner will prove useful. Beware, roaches can carry small food items w mouth, so make sure the food is heavy
  6. Test Account

    Rank?

    Before the recent forum update, the rank symbol and the Liked Post symbol were the same It appears that 1 like = 1 rank point, because members go up by one after I like their posts
  7. emmett

    Preserving dead specimens?

    jeez, taxidermy on a roach...how does one go about that?
  8. emmett

    Rank?

    What does "rank" mean on our profiles? Just curious
  9. So my roaches are spoiled and they have these little feeding stations that I made. I realized that they're actually helpful! So I hot glued bottle caps (Gatorade ones because those are big) to tile samples from Home Depot. I put water gel in one cap and the dry food mixture in the other. It reduces mess, has easy access for the roaches, looks super cute, but most importantly NO MORE MOLD! I put their fresh fruits/veggies on the tile because it's easy to cleanand then the mold frm the fruit doesn't go on the eco earth but with the caps glued down the dry food no longer gets into the water gel so there's no mold from that! It also looks really cute.
  10. emmett

    Baby hissers

    genius idea! lol
  11. emmett

    Cleaning?

    Anyone have tips on making roach bin cleaning easier? It is annoying to take them out and then put them back in. I have my dubias in a bin with no substrate because I think two are mommas to be. Right now these are pets but once there are a few babies I'm going to start my first colony. Worried about mold. With my hissers (who are on ecoearth) I put their fruit on tile samples I got at Home Depot and it's no longer an issue. Thanks
  12. Guest

    Selling hissers

    i was looking for it wheni posted it but i can find that section.
  13. Buggedout

    Baby hissers

    Thank you for the advice! @Vandal09
  14. Vandal09

    Baby hissers

    When I buy nymphs that can climb, I use these containers since they have a screw on lid. These will be used until the roaches outgrow the space. Then I will transfer them into a Ziploc Weathertight bin. Always use a 2 inch line of vasoline or silicone grease to keep the climbers off the top.
  15. All About Arthropods

    A. tesselata nymphs

    Yep, I've observed this occurance in Parcoblatta pennsylvanica and I bet the same could be true for some other winged roaches as well. Hmm, just slightly on the cooler side then. Exactly how dark is your adult? I kept mine a bit colder than that (at the time the warmest things got were around 70 F I believe) and my adults were nearly solid black so I assume yours might be a bit lighter in color? Now that I'm keeping mine on the warmer side, I'm not seeing any black or even mostly black adults.
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  17. Matttoadman

    A. tesselata nymphs

    Really!? Mine are kept at room temperature at this time. 76 during the day 72 at night.
  18. For the record, the powdered pig chow (plus water crystals) is working out great for the babies. The adults just nibble and prefer lower protein food from what I can tell. So for the colony I am doing that plus a wide variety of table scraps and fresh veggies and old mushrooms. I've been noticing species specific preferences, for instance, the flat horned hissers don't seem to like seaweed+sesame oil, while red runners fight over it. I set up a time lapse cam on the red runners to see what food they prefer and the results were interesting. I just want to come up with an appropriate arthropod / home mini-ranch hobby youtube name and I'll start uploading bug vids.
  19. All About Arthropods

    A. tesselata nymphs

    Congrats! They're so impressive, right? Darker wing coloration seems to be directly related to nymphs maturing in colder temps, if you were wondering. 😛
  20. Matttoadman

    A. tesselata nymphs

    I finally have my first adult. It’s really dark on the wings.
  21. Matttoadman

    Goodbye for now...

    Set up some lovely display tanks for your favorites and take it easy. It’s hard to enjoy something in cloudy Rubbermaid containers.
  22. Test Account

    An attractively absurd idea

    no pictures this is just a ridiculous idea I thought up; I doubt any real Periplaneta reaches half a foot long
  23. MarcusTheRoach

    cat food or dog food or chicken food or fish food?

    I’ll sometimes feed them Blue Buffalo cat food that I feed my cats. Never tried chick feed before...
  24. MarcusTheRoach

    An attractively absurd idea

    Aww... I own 8 P. Americana (story coming soon). My favorite genus of cockroaches. Picture?
  25. MarcusTheRoach

    Cockroach milk ?

    Cows, goats... COCKROACH MILK?!? Yeesh... the things people try to milk..
  26. MarcusTheRoach

    Hissers in film & tv?

    Pretty sure those were either Australian or American cockroaches
  27. MarcusTheRoach

    Hissers in film & tv?

    That’s my stuff just a silly French cartoon with my two favorite animals
  28. MarcusTheRoach

    “Bonding?”

    BTW I own P. Americana great to hear that was a myth. They’ve actually warmed up to my presence now and let me handle them without a treat.
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