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    Beautiful Blaberid from Panama. Males have glossy black wings while females lack wings.
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    Good luck to you!! My female and male mated last night, and now Layla is nymph bound. Marcus is being a typical dad. LAZY. I’m letting them crawl on me while I type. Layla is gonna be a great mom I would post a pic of Marcus on my head.... but I am not revealing my face, thank you.
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    I managed to make some photographs of my new roaches: Corydidarum magnifica. The nymphs are still quite small (8mm / 0.31inch) and I took the photographs through the glass of their tank, so the quality isn't optimal.
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    After my cockroach eats a large amount of food, he’s not his hyper, spunky self. He’s just... there. Is he just digesting or something? My female never does this after she eats. Lately, I’ve been calling him “Marcus the python” because he just sorta lounges about after he eats. Anybody here whose roaches do this?
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    Got it. They happen to be munching on strawberry Right Now. Ha
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    How cute!! My cockroaches are both grumps and don’t like me to hold anything THEY want to eat. Sometimes I just like to annoy them by dangling a tiny strip of cooked chicken above one of their heads. The roach tugs th food away from me and brings it to its shelter. #grumpy
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    I saw this on another site. I am pretty skeptical about what the AI actually does. For example, I wouldn't call turning the temperature down when it gets hot AI. I would call that a thermostat. I really can't think of what an AI would do in this context. It seems like very simple programs could handle everything.
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    It might not be hot news, but I thought I'd share a new cockroach that I started breeding. Even when it comes to mainstream species, I always prefer to work with wildtypes (meaning strains that originated from known, wild populations) because I feel there is often too much mixing and hybridizing in the arthropod hobby, leading to weaker captive populations. Nymphs of this roach were collected in a small Honduran cave as an unidentified "Blaberus sp.". It appears to be a variety of Blaberus giganteus, with wide black banding and a darker color tone. Adults begin as white individuals but very quickly turn orange. The funny thing is that I never planned to keep B. giganteus. I avoided them due to their bad reputation - low tolerance for crowding and cannibalism. But this strain seems to be ok with it, I still have all the original adults sharing the space with hundreds of nymphs, and while their wings are no longer intact (well, they use them for courtship after all), they are still kicking. They seem to be very hardy.
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    Isopods are very different from roaches because an adult continues to grow after sexual maturity; there is no ultimate molt.
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    @Roachinator @Marlon Not trying to be rude/annoying here, but as roach enthusiasts we must NEVER TRUST NEWSPAPERS https://askentomologists.com/2016/07/31/cockroach-milk-is-not-the-next-superfood/ Also, the picture in that newspaper website is incorrect. The idiot editors decided to use a pic of Periplaneta americana/brunnea. The "milkroach" in question is Diploptera punctata; Periplaneta are ordinary city roaches. PS: Diploptera punctata is common in the roach hobby
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    It's an all metal lid. I think I haven't looked very well when I put them in de cage. Probably in my excitement I overlooked one.... Well, it's back were it should be (and stay) Ah, so I can make a funky 70's glitter costume after a while
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    I've made a time lapse of their activity. It's rather low quality, but one can see how they move around (albeit at 125x their actual speed).
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    So far it looks like Corydidarum magnifica is mostly active during the day, and much less at night (diurnality). They often wander over objects, making them quite visible. I wonder if their shiny colors and looks are a kind of mimicry for some kind of foul tasting beetle in their natural habitat?
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    Interesting info! I bought myself 10 Corydidarum magnifica nymphs yesterday. I keep them in an enclosure with moist coco peat and sterilized forest soil. I have provided pieces of bark. For food I've put in some pieces of apple, some fish food and a mixture of fish food + oak leaves + grass hoppers (all powdered, whetted to a paste and smeared on a piece of bark). They prefer eating the latter stuff (paste on bark) and the apple pieces. Temperature is 72 to 77F (22-25C). Air is humid, but with adequate circulation. First observations: they mostly reside on the bark and are not inclined to walk over the soil. The first activity data that I have (motion detection) suggest that they are also active during the day? Any suggestions are welcome! And I'll share my experiences if anyone is interested!
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    Here's a beautiful beetle from west TX. Specimens in the pics have all deceased now, but I have ~30 L3 larvae in hand.
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    Well, isn't a portable oversized bug one of the most beloved fantasies of true insect enthusiasts?
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    I had a tarantula named General Bald Ass, so those names work. Bitchface was a name given to my pokie after he bit me, Karma got him though, when his mate ate him.
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    Home Depot is probably easiest for most. They're with all of the other drills and parts. You could ask an employee for help, just need a hole saw and bit/mandrill for any regular power drill. Here's a link to a cheap one I found on Amazon with both components. Just be sure to get the right vent size. Video is in the making but has been put on hold. It will come around someday
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    La Cucaracha song lyrics in the next link: https://www.musica.com/letras.asp?letra=951972
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    Cleaning is more necessary in some species or circumstances than others, if you aren't keeping them on a substrate and have no cleaner crews, and they are not a species that eats their own dead, then you are gonna want to clean out any dead bodies that build up like once a month. Now if you use a clean up crew, like springtails, isopods, or certain beetles, then they will usually do the work for you, but cleanup crew compatibility varies depending on what roaches you use them on, and what habitat you are planning on putting them in. Isopods and springtails for example only do well in enclosures that have a substrate and are kept moist, and large springtail species like Sinella curviseta can stress out and outcompete smaller roach species, like small Ectobiids for example. For dubias and red runners I'd use lesser mealworm beetles, Alphitobius diaperinus, as a clean up crew, they do well in drier enclosures and do a decent job of eating dead roaches. Before you ask BTW, no, regular mealworms, Tenebrio molitor, will not work at all, only A.diaperinus. You do need to keep an eye out though, you should keep the numbers of the beetles from getting to high, when it looks like there are a ton of beetles in the enclosure, place some small, smooth sided deli cups in the enclosure, the beetles will fall in and be unable to climb out, you can then cull them out.
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    I thought I would start a topic for all of us to describe interesting behaviors we have observed in our roaches. I frequently handle my roaches and parts of their enclosure, jus to make sure everything is alright in terms of heat, humidity and that everyone is still alive.. The last couple of times I've checked on the cage, the same tiny nymph has crawled onto my hand. I can telll it is the same one because this one is bigger. The thing that made this behavior so interesting to me is that when I search for the nymphs, they ae difficult to find, well, until this one started climbing onto my hand without any searching on my part. I'm sure there is some scientific, perhaps smell-based reason for this behavior, but that doesn't lessen its adorableness for me.
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    Here's a new one: Therea still petiveriana
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    Hello I know this post is a year old, however I am quite interested as I raise and produce several species of Roach Bin Cleaner Crews that I sell on my site for Active Roach Breeders. A Cleaner crew is one that effectively eats dead insects and molted skins, excess grains before molding and decaying vegetation thus preventing mold. If need be several species also eat mold! For a most effective Roach Cleaner Crew One Should chose All or Some of the following Clean-Up Crews For Roach Bins. The Roach Bin Clean-Up Crews I raise and carry are a special mixture of 2 types of larvae & beetles that feed exclusively on protein or dead roaches. The other 2 types of beetles & Larvae feed solely on grain. Together they will consume any dead roach, excess grains and remove water from veggies or fruit before spoiling or molding. Our Isopods are also great decomposers so they work great as Roach Bin Cleaner Crews. A sizeable colony can eliminate a dead roach and skin in hours before smell sets in they are also Much better with the veggies as they readily eat that which is decaying. Springtails like Isopods are also great decomposers and are great for clearing vegetable matter and they also love to eat mold so no mold worries once the springtails set in. I would recommend Tropical Species of Springtails and Tropical Species of Isopods as an addition to Roach Bin Cleaner Crews. Temperate Species of Isopods and Springtails will be ok though you may find they do not reproduce so readily or thrive as long term with the temperatures dubia require, this may be fine depending on the quantities that you need. Overall you will notice tropical species will fair much better. Temperate species should be cultured outside the tank and added when appropriate whereas you can just add tropicals and they will continue to thrive and reproduce. If you Have Roach Bins & You Need Cleaner Crews they are available at ReadyReptileFeeders.com links available in my signature or you may p.m. me. Hot & Cold Packs are available and Shipping is Priority or Priority Express Large Roach Bin Cleaner Crews starting at only 14.95 Springtails Starting at only 6.95 Isopods starting at only 10.95 Happy Roach Keeping
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    Hi I'm not a cleaning crew fan, I've seen pillbugs eating a freshly molting roach... But there are pillbugs, springtails and psocid in some of my tanks. I'm not sure they are really useful, because I check the tanks every week so I can take the dead roaches away, and loads of colonies eat the dead so the tank isn't dirty
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