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    Chicago,Illinois
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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. Looks like you've already found an airtight container. lol I use those Sterilite gasket box containers for all my climbing species, they're pretty much the most well-sealed containers you can come by and keep any species in. You pretty much only need to add a few ventilation holes(or a large one on the top/each side), hot glue or melt some metal mesh over them, and you're good to go! They likely did escape if the lid was anything less than airtight and you didn't apply an effective barrier around the inside of the container. The other possibility, cannibalism, would really only occur in the case that they were kept dry with no source of moisture. If they did manage to sneak out, I hope they turn up!
  2. No worries, welcome to the forum! Hissers were where I (in fact, most of us) started out as well, once you start researching them you pretty much end up unlocking the door to the whole previously unknown world of roaches! lol Well, hope we can answer any questions you may have as they arise. You should definitely expand your collection in the future, a great and simple genus is Blaberus, all members of the genus(except B.giganteus) are very hardy, low maintenance and often attain a good size.
  3. I haven't heard that sand roaches do better in smaller enclosures, I honestly don't really think the size matters much. I wouldn't recommend using sand as a substrate component, it is an abrasive material and might scratch up the roach's exoskeleton. Plain coconut fiber is fine for substrate along with a layer of dead leaves on top, but it shouldn't be a problem if you mix them into the substrate. You should always be sure to have some moisture available to roaches, even though this species comes from a drier climate, one corner of the container should always be kept moist(and the rest very dry). These guys along with the other Polyphaga don't really seem to eat much of anything other than leaves, although fruits and dog/fish food should still be offered occasionally. They aren't picky when it comes to temperatures; they can even be kept in the mid 60s. Hope your new girls do well for you, I adore this species!
  4. I believe that the largest length wise is Porcellio magnificus.
  5. Cool, love the globulars as well as any large, unusual, or colorful species. Those are amazing, I really hope to stumble upon a Pogonognathellus sp. one day, would love to try my hand at culturing them! Thanks, I'll be sure to!
  6. I can definitely see how these tiny and very odd creatures along with their comical antics could spark an interest in arthropods as a whole. I never really got into this these guys until around a month ago when I found some large and beautiful Tomocerus sp. and Orchesella villosa, since then I've developed a large appreciation for them and plan on culturing some of the more interesting species in my area. Awesome, would be cool to see what other species you have over there too, any other large species or globulars? I didn't know about him or his site, thanks for the info! Ah, thank again. Should have figured that out by seeing that nearly all the pics of black individuals on bugguide.net are labeled as males, but I guess I just overlooked that. lol I half about half and half so I should have a good breeding group.
  7. Just published a new springtail-focused post which also includes a neat announcement for the blog. http://allaboutinsectsblog.blogspot.com/2017/03/collembola-their-containers-and.html
  8. Oops! Guess I was wrong.lol
  9. Just a Eublaberus posticus nymph, I can definitely see the resemblance though! If they didn't have the wingbuds, two spots on the pronotum(which are barely visible in the pic), and had slightly shorter antennae, they would pretty much be identical to M.rhinoceros. lol
  10. From what I've observed, before an upcoming molt, roaches will appear plumper than they usually do, they will be slightly less agile, and their eyes will turn a hazy lavender color.
  11. Some great non-climbing, burrowers are Corydiids! These include Polyphaga aegyptiaca, Polyphaga saussurei, Arenivaga bolliana, Ergaula capucina, Ergaula pilosa, Eupolyphaga sinensis(probably my favorite). Some other great Corydiids are roaches of the genus Therea, but these can climb as adults. Besides them there's also Byrsotria, Eublaberus, and Hemiblabera tenebricosa. Archimandrita tesselata, and Blaberus also fit this description, but they rarely burrow as adults and the A.tesselata(and likely the larger Blaberus) need vertical surfaces to molt into adults from or else they'll end up with deformed wings.
  12. I'm just curious, do hissers still do well and reproduce steadily when kept moist as opposed to dry? I'm wondering because they seem to accept many conditions and that would keep the worry of cannibalism out of my head. lol
  13. They are just being referred to as a species of Paraplecta for now, but are very likely P.parvus.
  14. Thank you! I would love to get any info I can. Haha, what a coincidence! I agree, very nice area full of interesting inverts.
  15. I know right? When I initially saw the first black-winged adult in the enclosure, I was shocked and dead sure that a B.craniifer nymph had gotten mixed in with them! But after my senses came back to me, I noticed that it clearly wasn't B.craniifer. lol Thanks!