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  2. Axolotl

    cheap wood/cork?

    I buy small "leftover" chunks of cork bark at our local reptile show. You might check out something like that. Otherwise try eBay. A lot of people sell smaller driftwood, cork bark and cholla chunks by the box. It's still not cheap, but it's the most reasonable I've found. I have access to a range of bark, rotting wood chunks and sticks on my property. If you can't find anything else you like, send me a pm. I could probably put together a nice assortment for you for a reasonable price.
  3. Axolotl

    Mushrooms for Hissers?

    I feed my hissers and Lucihormetica a range of grocery store mushrooms, but not as standard fare. Just be sure it's organic so they're pesticide free. I don't remove the excess as my hissers have a pretty reliable clean-up crew (Little Kenyans with A. diaperinus or T. tomentosa). I did once leave mushroom leftovers in with my glow spots for a bit too long and unexpectedly developed a thriving silver springtail culture, which was a very nice bonus.
  4. Lats are my go-to feeder for all my slings, plings and assassins. I'm currently feeding about 30 slings, 10 plings and 30 adult assassins. I would estimate that I have at least 100 producing female B. lateralis, and the colony holds steady in numbers. Hopefully that helps. I would err on the side of too many as you can always feed off the excess. Most of my 2" slings will take adults.
  5. These are some of my favorites as well. I've only had my colony about a year and have dealt with some trial and error, so I'm definitely no expert. The adults do live much longer than Therea sp. I've had my adults close to a year now - or rather my initial nymphs became adults about a year ago. Since then they've produced 2 new generations. In my experience, they are incredibly sensitive to crowding, which has been my main issue. Their first batch of nymphs didn't fare well due to space issues. They also seem to eat quite a bit more than I had expected. Their appetites rival my hissers. As far as anecdotes, I will say they bite! I don't hold mine anymore as once they're done squeaking they start nipping, and man does it hurt. They're the only species I have that's bitten me. They are gorgeous, though, and so special because of their history so I don't mind too much.
  6. Last week
  7. kawaiiroaches

    Mushrooms for Hissers?

    Howdy, roach forum! As my nymphs from my thread in “breeding and nymph issues” grow, I’ve been experimenting with their foods to see what they favor! The other night I made a pasta with some sliced baby bella mushrooms, so before bed, I dumped a leftover handful or so of raw mushroom bits in my feeding dish. I woke up this morning and they were all gone! I only found one small piece that has shriveled up slightly as mushrooms do. I know they’re roaches and can eat about anything but I got to wondering.... So are these mushrooms safe for my bugs? They seem to really enjoy it, more than their normal carrots, apples, celery, etc. but I don’t want them to get some type of disease or fungus from the mushrooms. Not entirely sure that could even happen, but well, that’s why I’m here! Can I continue letting them munch on mush? Or should I limit/not allow them to have it at all?
  8. Jimbobtom

    Hisser death, turned white almost like mold?

    That would make sense, but I double checked and it is definitiely dead. I got a picture, but it won't let me upload? It almost looks like mycelium. I noticed today there was some green mold on it too, but there was also mold on some fruit I left in the bin, Not sure if the body is just molding at that point from being dead. The bin is very humid and moist with tons of springtails, green banana roaches, isopods, and surinams along with the hissers. I use this bin to feed out of for my chams. My main hisser colony is kept in much more dry conditions, though these ones seem to be thriving In the humid bin, they've been there for awhile, molting and growing. Have only seen this twice, but I wonder if it is humidity related? A bit off topic here, but does anyone here have thoughts on feeding out of a colony that may have consumed moldy food? Often stuff grows mold pretty fast, and I remove it, or let the clean up crew take care of it. I usually still use them as feeders figuring in the wild they would probably be eating things that eat mold/decaying matter pretty regularly. Never noticed any issues, but would like to hear anyone's thoughts.
  9. Can adult female hissers and adult female blaberus giganteus live in the same enclosure? If yes, how can I introduce them? Thank you
  10. BlattaAnglicana

    Hisser death, turned white almost like mold?

    Do you have a photo? I have seen live (and very healthy) hisser nymphs with the colouration you describe, which was because they were very close to moulting and had stretched their old skin as far as it would go and the white parts between the body plates were showing, so it would really take a photo to show whether yours had any more untoward symptoms.
  11. Arthroverts

    Southern California Invertebrate Club Launching!

    15 people interested in the club! Any other roach enthusiasts from SoCal on these here boards? Thanks, Arthroverts
  12. Arthroverts

    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    New email out regarding communication! Please respond when you can. In other news, we have got 15 people interested in the club, and its not even February! Let's keep it up! Thank you to everyone for supporting the club and spreading the word!I am also searching for a guest speaker to come and speak for a portion of our meeting, possibly an entomology professor. If anybody knows a professor or author or renowned keeper/breeder who could come and speak at our meeting, please let me know.Thanks,Arthroverts
  13. I've seen this twice over the past several months, a mid sized hisser nymph dead. In between the stripes and on the bottom they turned white so it looked like a zebra.
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  15. All About Arthropods

    All About Arthropods 250 Likes Giveaway!

    Thanks to all who played!
  16. All About Arthropods

    All About Arthropods 250 Likes Giveaway!

    Hey everyone! My blog's Facebook page just reached 250 likes and to celebrate, I am holding a giveaway for a prize of two sexed pairs of Eurycotis lixa nymphs. If anyone's interested, you can head on down here and enter. Good luck!
  17. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Roachy Horde

    Eurycotis lixa Adult Adult male Adult female Adult pair Mixed-sized nymphs Freshly-molted nymph Ootheca
  18. Hisserdude

    Malaysian roach ID

    I realize this is an incredibly old thread, but for the record this looks like true Hemithyrsocera histrio, or something close, definitely that genus though.
  19. Jimbobtom

    Millipedes and fungus gnats

    Old post, but I thought I'd share... I had a terrible problem with funghs gnats at one point. I keep chameleons that live in large bioactive enclosures and some were/are on permanent free ranges with large live plants. Obviously all the organic soil and such is a gnat magnet. One batch of soil was particularly bad, it erupted into a swarm of gnats, they were all through the house, I couldnt even breath without fear of them going in my mouth. Wifey was not happy, so I closed off the cham room and quickly tried everything possible. Sticky traps, apple cider vinegar, etc. didn't make a dent. Figured I was going to have to throw everything out and start fresh with sterile soil and more preventative measures. I figured I'd try one last thing. I had been wanting to get a little bit into the carnivorous plant hobby anyway, so I got a few for the heck of it. Two mexican butterworts, two sundews, and a nepenthes. I never thought these things would do much of anything in terms of controlling gnats, but man was I wrong. They absolutely decimated the gnats, within a week. There were barely any left even in the cham room, and the house had long been cleared. They all did a great job, but the sundews really went above and beyond with the gnat murder. To this day, I keep a few carnivorous plants in my reptile room. Haven't seen a gnat around the house since and that was a couple years ago. Now I get happy when I see one in an enclosure because I know it'll end up as free plant food in no time. Really one of the best investments I've made. By far the easiest and most fun(imo) gnat solution. And the simple beginner plants are extremely easy to care for if you give them what they need. Sorry for the long text. I just remember freaking out about these guys and reading all of the different methods, but no one ever seems to bring up how effective these plants are.
  20. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Roachy Horde

    Archimandrita tesselata Adult female Adult male (a little pronotum coloration still to come) Freshly-molted adult female Abnormally-black adult male (a little pronotum coloration still to come) Medium-large nymphs Small nymphs
  21. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Roachy Horde

    Pycnoscelus striatus Adult female Mixed-size nymphs
  22. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Swarm

    Asbolus verrucosus Adult female Adult female playing dead Two adult pairs
  23. All About Arthropods

    Suggestions for odd/unique inverts to breed?

    The larvae of most easily bred darkling beetles are about the same size as mealworms, so right around the smallest of the stuff you're offering. The spider beetles would definitely be too small for large chameleons though; they're only about 3 mm in length.
  24. Jimbobtom

    Suggestions for odd/unique inverts to breed?

    Very cool! I will definitely give it a try if I can get my hands on some. Maybe when it warms up in a few months ill scout some areas out.
  25. Jimbobtom

    Suggestions for odd/unique inverts to breed?

    Thank you for the suggestion, but I'm thinking the darkling/spider beetles would be too small? I'm feeding large chameleons atm, not sure what I'll end up getting in the future though. Usually the smallest I go for feeders now are large isopods and banana roaches.
  26. I wanted to try the differential grasshopper, but in my area the two striped is much more common. Its nearly nationwide and seems to prefer areas with tall wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa) and sunflowers. They are supposed to be in PA. Once together they bred readily in captivity, in a butterfly tent, with regular fresh foods including wild lettuce flowers. A study back in the 50's or 60's found the nymphs could be taught to eat a commercial style feed to avoid the hassles of fresh greens. I have some references somewhere if anyones needs them. egg cases in peat
  27. All About Arthropods

    Suggestions for odd/unique inverts to breed?

    Darkling beetles and spider beetles might be good options. There are a bunch of neat darkling beetle species that are easy to keep and breed (mostly the smaller ones). Although the adults can't really be used as feeders due to the very hard exoskeletons and defensive chemicals they have a lot of the time, the larvae certainly can. Spider beetles such as Mezium affine are very odd, quirky, little guys and both the adults and larvae should be able to be used as feeders. The larvae are very small and you'd probably need sort of a sifting contraption to collect them out of the enclosure, but the adults are easily collected. I will mention that only about 1/4 of the adults' abdomens are filled with meat though, so I don't how nutritious they would be and they also like to play dead, which might take some getting used to for whatever insectivore they're getting fed to.
  28. Longhorn1234

    Suggestions for odd/unique inverts to breed?

    I second grasshoppers or katydids. I think they are cool looking and can be used as feeders, and as you know chams love them. Mantids would be another cool option but do seem to require more work and space.
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