All About Insects

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About All About Insects

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    Hissing Cockroach
  • Birthday 04/22/2002

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    Collecting and culturing a variety of arthropods, creating posts on my blog, photographing my arthropods, watching(basketball and baseball) and playing sports(baseball, basketball, and Frisbee).

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  1. Oh @Hisserdude, how you've changed. Pre-roachist Hisserdude - "I love most roaches, the only ones I am not interested in are some of the feeders, just because I need bigger cages for those, and a few species that I don't think are going to do well in my collection."
  2. Yeah, I paid about $25 for mine, but I've seen cheaper. Probably wouldn't have even bought one myself if I didn't have a huge 250 watt heat bulb warming everything, which could easily scorch the inverts if arranged slightly too close. lol
  3. Temp guns are pretty cheap if you ever want to get exact temps on any of your enclosures.
  4. This substance only appears on hissers after they molt to adulthood and is perfectly normal. Some think it has something to do with desiccation prevention.
  5. Moving while maintaining an invert collection suuuuuccckkks.
  6. @Test Account So if I'm getting this right, the challenge is to lick a cave-dwelling roach and see if you get sick?
  7. This is exactly what keeps me from getting P.australasiae!!! Not *as likely* to infest your house.
  8. Haha, I've watched this video at least 5 times already. Definitely some of the best footage of this species out there!
  9. Wow, so odd! The nymphs are like dalmation-colored Lanxoblatta rudis, but the adults (minus the pronotum) are very similar in appearance to Eublaberus!
  10. Right back at you! If last year was any sort of sign, I think you're right!
  11. Just in time for the New Year, a new post featuring a big change for the blog! Happy New Year's and I hope you guys enjoy!
  12. Yep and believe it or not, the majority of the Spanish species just made it into the U.S hobby late last year/early this year........very thankful that we now get to experience such awesome creatures in person! Haha, yeah, they are some pricey little (well, not for isopods, I guess ) inverts. In fact, I probably wouldn't even have the species that I do if I wasn't able to trade for them. lol No problem!
  13. Yea, people always recommend differentiating these two species by counting the pairs of pleopodal lungs, but I tell you, I've never seen P.scaber with the type of mottling, texture, or presence of the two vertical stripes as seen on T.rathkii.
  14. Nope, not a typo. lol I've currently got a few P.expansus "Orange" individuals that I'm trying to start a culture with and a couple are already about 1 inch (not including uropods) and they're only slightly over half way grown. The various Spanish Porcellio spp. are the largest you're going to find with Porcellio magnificus standing on top at 2 inches or slightly longer. Porcellio hoffmannseggi, Porcellio hassi "Super Giant", and Porcellio expansus "Orange" are some of the other notably impressive Spanish isopods as far as length goes (although nearly all of them are larger than the biggest species that can be found in the U.S lol) . Also, yes, all of the aforementioned species fetch $100+ per 10 individuals.
  15. Very nice calico P.scaber in the first pic! BTW you actually seem to have a Trachelipus rathkii there in the second pic.