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    Collecting(from the wild) and culturing a variety of arthropods, creating posts on my blog, taking macro photos of my arthropods, watching(basketball and baseball) and playing sports(baseball, basketball, and Frisbee).

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  1. Ah.......I need to brush up on my arthropod anatomy, I usually just refer to those as "wing buds". lol
  2. So you can also get the gender by looking at the top of the segments?
  3. Yep, veggies and fruits along with a decent portion of dry dog/fish/cat food.
  4. No problem. Nope, for Blaberids the last segment method is sufficient, but for the others sexual dimorphism or wing length is generally used in determining sex (although these are not as accurate as the aforementioned technique).
  5. It's a nymph of the largest wood roach species, Parcoblatta pennsylvanica.
  6. Sounds like it was just an American; intensity of the red coloration can vary between individuals. Since it sounds like they make their way into your house quite a bit, it must have snuck in through an opening in the container(If there are any) or while you were feeding.
  7. I currently have a group of the white eye strain. They are not really all that active, the females and nymphs stay under the substrate while the adult males reside along the top layer. You are going to want to keep these similar to Therea with the top half of substrate being dry and the bottom half moist. They are going to feed mainly on dead leaves like the other Corydiids and really seem to like supplemental foods (perhaps the most of any Corydiid that I've observed seeming to require regularly offerings in order to keep from cannibalizing the oothecae).
  8. Hi hissterical (I see what you did there) and welcome to the forum! You can house them together, but that would run a high risk in terms of creating hybrids in an already tainted genus. I would not really recommend it unless they are all the same sex. There are signs of aging. In hissers you can ususally tell when in individual is getting up there in age if it begins to act lethargic, parts of it's antennae and/or tibia fall off, and acts more thirsty than it used to. Yep, many species carry their food away as a way to sort of "eat in peace" without having to compete with the others. lol
  9. What does the substrate consist of? I believe a substrate of rotten wood and dead leaves is supposed to be vital to the health of these guys.
  10. Those would be Philoscia muscorum.
  11. Yea, if you want to keep this species contained, I'd recommend the Sterilite Gasket Box containers, nothing gets in or out of those babies. lol
  12. I'm just the opposite, I find it very hard to talk to people my own age, and famous people. In fact, I nearly passed out giving a speech on why arthropods should be kept as pets to my class a few days ago. lol Well, I still like the idea of a phone since you get to physically speak with people that you might not normally be able to (for me, it's my mom's side of the family that lives in Canada), but I see your point.
  13. Same here, that's why I wanted you to call in. lol When I saw Kyle at the expo, I told him that I was "All About Insects from the forums" forgetting that he hadn't been on the forums in years, he thought to himself "Who the heck is this kid?" and then responded, "Well, it's nice that you could make it down here". It seems that everybody has a phone nowadays (even toddlers), I actually just got mine this year, but only use to communicate with my invert enthusiasts are weird people.
  14. Right on time for my birthday! LOL @Hisserdude I dare you to call in.
  15. Looks as good as any isopod enclosure I've seen.