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    Perisphaerus pygmaeus

    Orange tictacs! Congrats, though. Looks like a great species. They're like roaches in the form of pill millipedes.
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    Deropeltis sp. "Jinka"

    Amazing how a piece of music can set the tone. I almost felt like I was watching a Ghibli film there! (Strange but wonderful creatures... maybe a bit less touchy than in NausicaƤ...)
  3. When I visited that page I got a popup - 'now shipping to the United Kingdom'. It's like a sign... Edit: 'Only in stores'. Aw... Merely adequate? Cheddar cheese that's both fluffy and crunchy?
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    Agar blocks with banana aroma as water source

    Good point about the pH. I guess I'll switch my ideas to something other than orange. I tried it with plain water first. The agar I have is long, uneven strands rather than powder, and the only measurement instruction is to throw the whole lot (40g) into 2240ml(?!) of water. So I played it by ear and threw a few fragments into a small amount of boiling water. Dificult to dissolve, and small pieces were still noticeable by the time I decided I was done. It might be because I used already-boiling water rather than bringing it to boil from cold. Anyway, the water seemed suitably cloudy, so when it cooled a little I added water conditioner (although I'm beginning to wonder if that's a good idea anymore), poured it into a spare ice-cube tray, and put it into the fridge. A few hours later, it looked fine - solid but wobbly. But when I stuck a finger in one cell, it was more like 'watery slop' than 'neat cube'. The roaches won't mind, I expect (I only have a few at the moment, so no big swarm rushing the capful of slop...) but I obviously used too little agar, or messed it up in some other way! Next time I'll properly measure the correct proportion, and perhaps grind it up too.
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    Female Ectobius sylvestris

    Nice markings and wings. I'm sure that few others in this part of the world would agree, but I'm a little disappointed that we don't have any native cockroaches like this in Ireland. Heck, we barely have any of the pest species, except in the bigger population centres, apparently...
  6. Fantastic! One of my favourite roaches, and you look like you've got good 'uns there. Nice catch on the fresh moult. It's spectacular.
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    Panchlora sp. "Speckled"

    Ah! Then I'll have to see if I have the funds and facilities. (I have to admit, the unknowns of importation unsettle me a little.) BugNation... yeah. One of the first ports of call when I got back into this occupation. There were a couple of unpleasant surprises waiting for me, and finding that forum a ghost town was one of them. From what I gather, has activity moved onto facebook?
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    Polyphaga saussurei

    Nice one! Quite a wait!
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    My Roach Enclosure!!!!

    Ah, okay. There are a couple of options you could try, singly or together. Firstly, edit the photos to reduce the file size. In my experience even phone cameras today take unnecessarily huge photos, which nobody seems to notice as they swipe them onto their instabooks and facegrams, dagnabbit. If you can upload the photos onto a PC or laptop, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a great, free program, kinda like photoshop lite. I've used it for years for tweaking photos. For your purposes, you can reduce the file size by using the crop, resize image, and 'export as --> jpg' functions. Otherwise, I quite like the Photo Editor app for my android devices. Same thing: crop, resize, sharpen if necessary, save as jpg. (Most photos should already be jpg format, but anyway) For Apple devices, I have no idea. I imagine they have versions of GIMP and Photo Editor too. Secondly, image hosting. I can empathise if you're not on facebook - I've avoided it so far, though resistance is crumbling. There are other sites to host photos - photobucket, imageshack, imgur, flickr, etc. I've only had experience with imageshack and flickr, and I use the latter at the mo. It's a bit hiccupy, trying to grab photo links with third-party android browsers, but otherwise works well for me. If you happen to have a yahoo account, you'll have a flickr account. I'd assume most hosts will give you a bbcode link to your uploaded photos; one with the image tags - {img} {/img} but with square brackets - already wrapped around it. Otherwise, copy and paste the address of the photo (should end with the file format, like .jpg or .png) and type in the tags yourself, or use the handy 'insert other media' button in the bottom right of Allpet Roach's message reply window. And that should do it.
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    Agar blocks with banana aroma as water source

    Yeah... I'll have to... replace mine... I have a big packet of agar in my cupboard that I bought who knows how long ago for who knows what purpose. Could do worse with it than feed it to my roaches. They might have to do without the isoamyl acetate, though! What about agar cubes with real fruit - chunks or liquidised - as a crude homemade version of those commercial beetle jellies? Would they mould too quickly to be a regular water source?
  11. Here's hoping they end up with momma's colours!
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    My Roach Enclosure!!!!

    Nah, sorry, that leads me to the same page. What's the problem with posting photos here? Finding an image host? File size too big?
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    Panchlora sp. "Speckled"

    Ah, I meant the speckled roaches. Sorry! I saw the P in P. saussurei, put two and two together, and came up with five. It's hot here today. My brain's cooked...
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    Panchlora sp. "Speckled"

    Flippin' Atlantic. These look great in the photos - I wouldn't mind seeing some in the flesh to get the full impression! Wonder if they'll make it to the UK somewhere down the road.
  15. Aye, I've been following your topics here and on AB (I'm using my old account under the name of 'Vermis' over there) including your roaches sliding down the cheeseball jar. It's only just clicked that they 'should' be scooting to the top. Aha! The first spanner in the works. I wonder if the cheese left an oily residue on the plastic - though I'm not implying you didn't wash the jar well enough. Anyways, thanks for the info. I'll stop hijacking the thread and go experiment with a water bottle and a few lobsters or something.
  16. Thanks. Might cost a bit to bring them across the Atlantic, though. Ah, much thanks! That last bit tells me it's polyethylene terephthalate, aka polyester. Normally used in drinks bottles. Containers that invert keepers use, made for food and storage, are usually polypropylene. I wonder if polyester in general has some application for housing (or at least slowing down) climbing feeders, though the biggest containers I've seen are 5 litre (1.3 gallon) water bottles. Hmm.
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    A cool article I found

    First dibs.
  18. Nice. Any idea what the cheeseballs jar is made from? Any letters or recycling codes on the bottom?
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    These are amazing

    D'oh, sorry! Been so long since I had call for a flash on a camera, I almost forgot they existed...
  20. Blimey. I have a lot to catch up on. I don't know if it's because I'm starting small with about 60 varied nymphs, but I can't seem to get my dubs much interested in (well washed) fruit, citrus or otherwise. It's a contrast to the roaches - and crickets and worms - I used to keep.
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    Switching food

    Cat food also includes added taurine, an (almost) amino acid they can't synthesise as well as dogs, so they need a more direct source in their diet. For the purposes of Jesus' original question, I guess that if some roaches can synthesise all they need from oat protein, a switch from cat to dog food isn't going to phase yours much. Ironically, feeding my new batch of roaches made me look up dog kibble ingredients and additives on packets and online. The stuff I've got here seems okay, but the research got me to experiment with raw feeding for my dogs and cats. (Partly because I realised it was ironic to worry about feeding my roaches what I was happily setting in front of my dogs every day!) Seems to be going well so far, so the upshot is I might have a good amount of leftover dog and cat kibble for roaches to munch on.
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    These are amazing

    Nice one. I especially like the way the product title singles out turtle watching! I assume you put the full lights up before snapping the pic?
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    What is my roach doing?

    One of the first things that springs to mind is parasitic infection inducing insects to climb to high, predator-exposed places. Although I have absolutely no idea if that's the case here, or if it's something that affects this species! (Which is that, the american roach you caught?) I don't want to cause any frets. Though out of curiosity, is it generally in high places - on top of cork etc. - when it behaves like that? 'Course, another reason for that (and why I'm jumping to daft... not so much conclusions as theories) is that it could be 'scenting the air'. But then I don't know if roaches even do that. TL;DR: I know nuthin'.
  24. Great sequence of pics. Do they actually construct burrows, then? As opposed to just pushing their way through litter and topsoil?
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    Red Runner sorting

    Those vids were probably more entertaining than they should have been. Did you see the bit where he drilled the holes? I'm not sure why the method wouldn't work. Even red runners can fall through holes, or crawl through them away from exposed areas, surely?