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  2. BlattaAnglicana

    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    Test Account - I'm a bit confused, you seem to have said they like humidity in your first post but 50% is too much in the second??? For what it's worth I looked up the climate in the Sonoran desert (where I believe these come from in the wild) and humidity there seems to vary from about 15-20% in summer to about 45-50% in winter, and as they are at around 40% humidity most of the time in their enclosure now I am hoping this will be low enough for them to tolerate long term. Temps in the Sonoran desert seem to vary from about 4 Celsius min (very cold!) to 40+ Celsius max so I guess they are adapted to a wide variation in temperature too, so should be able to cope with most indoor temperatures OK. I have put a tiny water "dish" (actually the lid of a contact lens case!) in with them which I refill every few days (letting it dry out completely for a couple of days in between) so I guess if they need to drink they will do so and if they don't they won't! Given they are desert creatures I am assuming they are well adapted to conserve water and will only look for it if they need it.
  3. Test Account

    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    I suspect even 50% is too much; even adults of the forest-dwelling Zophobas seem to do very fine with water restricted to the new fruits served every day (they lived more than 6 mths before dying)
  4. Test Account

    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    Orin (our forum moderator) wrote in his book two things: 1. desert darklings may emerge en masse on overcast or rainy days 2. desert (and many forest) darklings will die from long-term inescapable low ventilation and dryness The crystals are probably not needed. I personally prefer frozen produce for darklings, as small portions can be dethawed very conveniently and easily every day
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  6. Today I saw a female Pseudoglomeris magnifica roach walking on the front glass. And upon close inspection I saw, much to my delight, three small nymphs clinging between their mother's legs. (picture is rather dull, due to the anti-reflection cross-polarization filters I had on my flash). I'm very happy with this!
  7. Bmaines96

    Cape Mountain Roach

    I know of 2 European who were able acquire them and both individuals lost their colonies almost immediately so not only are they a protected species they seem to also be quite difficult to keep😕
  8. All About Arthropods

    Cape Mountain Roach

    Exactly! In some pics they look like a more matte version of Elliptorhina javanica. No problem!
  9. emmett

    Cape Mountain Roach

    They look kind of matte and their coloring is stunning! Thanks for the info!
  10. All About Arthropods

    Cape Mountain Roach

    Yeah, I only learned through a discussion is a roach group on Facebook. Apparently it is a "natural heritage" species in Africa and only found within a national park, so there are many walls around it from entering captive culture. lol Even so, I believe a few people overseas were trying to culture it a year or so back, but I don't think they ever got far. If they ever were to become established in culture, they'd surely contend for prettiest roach in the worldwide hobby, I can tell you that much.
  11. emmett

    Cape Mountain Roach

    Interesting! I didn't see anything about that!
  12. All About Arthropods

    Cape Mountain Roach

    A.fusca is supposed to be a protected species in its native range and so unfortunately it doesn't look like it'll be in the hobby for a long while.
  13. I just saw some pictures of the very stunning Aptera fusca. (Cape Mountain cockroach) and I was wondering if anyone on here has ever kept them before? Sadly right now I cant expand my collection even if I wanted to (I do, I really do) but I was just wondering if there was any more info on them? Ive already done your basic Google searches.
  14. Arthroverts

    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    From my experience they like the high humidity, in fact, I have only found them once in the wild, and that was after it had just rained. I have not found them in any place where it is dry, and the larva appear to enjoy high humidity as well. Take that with a grain of salt however, for from what I have heard, they also require a mostly dry substrate (for the adults). I am not really sure, but as long as they have periods of dryness, I think they should be fine. Can some more experienced beetle keepers weigh in on this? Thanks, Arthroverts
  15. stanislas

    Dipteretrum hanstroemi pictures and video

    There is a roach with ooth in the video I posted above, around 1:00. They are not very tiny (compared to the adults that is).
  16. aoikirin

    Sage

    I don't understand that either:) but hey take it as a compliment that she wants to be closer to you. As to the sage and roaches I'm not sure at all. I use an electric air freshener in my room where I keep my roaches and they don't seem to have seen any I'll effects.
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  18. BlattaAnglicana

    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    OK - quick update, with a small heat pad on the bottom of part of the enclosure and a small PC fan to circulate air the humidity seems to be coming down to a steady 40-50%, so I hope this will be low enough for them. I've read they don't need misting and they are getting "wet" food (banana, carrot, apple etc.) but that dries out really quickly - within a day - in this sort of dry atmosphere, so should I be giving them water crystals or a small water dish as well in case they need to drink?
  19. emmett

    Sage

    so i have fibromyalgia. my current girlfriend is very into paganism and things like that, she wants to burn sage in my house to make herself feel more connected to me. i dont really understand but thats a different topic. anyway, i have cats and dogs which im not too worried about but since im bedridden most days she wants to do it in the master bedroom too. my hissers and dubias are in my room and i was just wondering if it would kill them.
  20. All About Arthropods

    THE TRADE: A Year in the Making

    Blog post #100!!! A star-studded post on a long, drawn-out trade in honor of arriving at our destination after setting out on the long, drawn-out road to this number!
  21. Well, it looks like springtime. As it is harmless to people and animals, but they can cause problems in large numbers of plants. If you want to eliminate them, then you can use a household aerosol spray. But, most of the Nassau County exterminator says that treatments by yourself, however, are a short term solution. So, it is best that you can hire a pest professional who will apply treatments and application whenever it is necessary.
  22. VincentRosas

    Intro

    Hello!! Welcome to this board!
  23. VincentRosas

    Hello

    Hello Welcome to this board!
  24. Whoosha

    New roach colonies wanted

    How long have you had the lobsters bugboy as I’m wondering as I ordered 200 myself a few days ago
  25. Any updates on this species were you ever able to get their ooths to hatch consistently?
  26. Bmaines96

    How often do you feed?

    I do all maintenance once a week, feed, water, give fruits and veggies, hasn't slowed down a single one of my colonies. Most food is gone in a day or two, as long as they have access to some sort of moisture they are fine and in the wild they are t gonna be eating a lot of protein or even a lot of fruit for that matter every single day.
  27. HI all, I just bought 4 blue death-feigning beetles (very rare to buy in the UK!) at an insect show last weekend, and was wondering what the maximum humidity is that these can tolerate. The UK is quite a damp country 😉 and my home is also quite humid in general (I have to run a dehumidifier to get it to "normal" values and even that can struggle to get the humidity below 60%) and I am a bit concerned that this might be too high for the beetles, seeing as they are desert creatures. Does anyone have any experience of these, and if that sort of humidity is too high do you have any tips on getting it down? I already have a small heat pad under part of their cage (a small faunarium with dry sand, dry moss and some dry shreds of cardboard which look quite "natural") but is there anything else I can do to get the humidity down if I need to? FWIW I am feeding them goldfish pellets (which are apparently mostly insect protein), oat flakes, and small pieces of carrot, apple and pear for moisture, and I have seen them all eating since I got them last Saturday. I have read that they don't need any other water at all than that. Any other tips would be welcome!
  28. BlattaAnglicana

    How often do you feed?

    I have 3 large roach colonies (one spread across 3 boxes), which I feed dry food (mostly porridge oats, sometimes dry cat food) every couple of days, and fruit/veg once a week. I used to feed them fruit and veg more often but with the number of insects I now have (stick insects as well as roaches) and working full time as well, I simply don't have the time to feed them all as often as I used to! 😁 I am actively trying to reduce the numbers of my roaches (giving them away/selling them in bulk to dealers) and when the numbers are a bit more reasonable I hope I won't feel so bad about only feeding them fruit and veg once a week!
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