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  1. Can someone please ID these roaches for me? I found them in Santa Rosa, California. They're small, about .25" and appear to be adults. I originally thought they were nymphs because of their size and they resemble german roach nymphs. However, one of them is laying an ooth! Hope someone knows what they are!
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    Roach trap

    I have some strange roaches outside my work and I was hoping to collect a few live ones so I can figure out what they are. I found this homemade roach trap and it sounds like it may be worth a try. I haven't had time to set it up yet but I thought I would share the link with you all Live Roach Trap
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    Parthenogenesis

    Are Polyphaga aegyptiaca parthenogenic? What other species are able to reproduce through parthenogenesis?
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    Aquatic roaches

    I've read some mentions of aquatic and semi aquatic roaches on different websites, but I can't find the species name. I'm really curious to learn more about them. Does anyone know what species they are?
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    p. vanwaerebecki

    Check out this beauty!
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    California Mystery Cockroach

    I have them in a plastic cube right now with no air holes yet. If I find any nymphs or some hatch out I'll see if they can climb glass.
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    California Mystery Cockroach

    I don't know. They can climb glass very well. Bug barrier might work, I haven't tried that yet.
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    California Mystery Cockroach

    Maybe! I will see how many I can collect this week
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    California Mystery Cockroach

    They're pretty hard to catch and I'm starting to find less of them. I'm working on getting more though so I'll let you know The roaches that hatch out of those ooths must be TINY! The ooth is only as big as a grain of sand!
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    California Mystery Cockroach

    Someone at the British Museum has identified them as Phyllodromica (Luridiblatta) trivittata. I'm sending them some specimens for study
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    California Mystery Cockroach

    They don't seem to be. The majority of them prefer to be outside.
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    California Mystery Cockroach

    I have never found any males, but there seems to be lots of females under bushes. I'm wondering if maybe males hang out in the bush instead of under it. I'll have to take a better look next week. I did get a reply from someone at the California Academy of Sciences: "The cockroach that you are seeing was first noticed in Marin County a few years ago. Specimens were sent to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and they in turn sent the specimens to a specialist in Germany. So far, we have not heard back from them. There are no specimens of this species in the CAS collection. It appears to be from a species group found in SE Asia. By the way, only females are wingless – males have wings." Norman D. Penny, Ph.D. Sr. Collections Manager Entomology Department California Academy of Sci.
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    California Mystery Cockroach

    Interesting. I'm in Sonoma County which is pretty close to Marin. Do you have any suggestions of where I might send one (or a pic) for ID? I will try the SCABIES forum too. Thanks.
  14. How long do adult panchlora live? Mine only seem to live a few weeks, maybe a month after they've matured. Is that normal?
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    Rhyparobia maderae

    Adult and nymphs
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    panchlora lifespan

    Thanks. I'll try raising the humidity a bit and see if that helps.
  17. Congrats! One of mine just laid it's first ooth yesterday! I'm so excited. I hope it hatches. Would it be safe to separate it from the adults or should I just leave it in there? I kind of want to keep track of how long it takes and how many nymphs emerge.
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    Roach sweat?

    I've had hissers and lats spit on me. Dubias spit too. I'm pretty sure it came out of their mouth. Haven't seen it on their wings though. That's interesting.
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    Jerusalem crickets

    I love bugs, but these have always been kind of freaky to me. I guess it's all the times I've been suprised by them crawling on my leg or popping out from under pots and pans in my house. In fall the males wander around looking for mates and I always have to rescue them from my work. I can hear them tapping on the linoleum in the hallway as they walk across or scratching on the walls. They can hiss by rubbing their back legs against their abdomen and they have a pretty strong bite. They're probably the coolest bugs we have here in california though. I've tried keeping them but haven't been able to keep them alive for more than a few months. Not sure why. Probably wasn't replicating their natural habitat good enough. They are scavengers so they will eat anything but really love catfood. I caught one in the drawer once that tore open a package of Mentos and had already eaten half of one.
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    Orange head help!

    I'm new to orange heads and I have a few questions about them. I recieved some nymphs in the mail today. They didn't seem to be moving too much and I figured they were probably cold. I put them in their tank with a bit of peat moss substrate and they are all just sitting on top of the substrate not moving. They're not dead just not very active. Is that normal for these guys? I raised the temp in there to about 80 degrees and still not much movement. I have one sitting on my knee right now and he's just hanging out, not trying to run away. Are orange heads supposed to be that calm? I'm kind of worried about them.
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    R. maderae ooth!

    I caught one of my madierans laying an ooth today. You can see the eyes of the nymphs. It's been several hours and no babies have emerged yet. Is that normal?
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    Hisser Humidity..??

    Humidity seems to be more important for nymphs. I noticed nymphs will die if they humidity isn't high enough but adults seem to be just fine with a light spray every once in a while. If I have a tank with a mixture of adults and nymphs, I just try to keep one side moist and that's usually where the nymphs hang out.
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    Am I Giving Them Proper Nutrition..??

    I give mine fresh fruit and veggies every other week. Roaches LOVE apples. My hissers fight over them. lol.
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    Roaches for 2008

    A few on my wish list are G. oblongata, beetle mimics, and more therea. I hope to see my colonies take off too. Winter has been pretty rough on them. Despite my efforts to keep them warm and happy I still lost a few. But with some luck, they will start breeding again soon. Also looking for regular madeirans. The gold ones are everywhere but I can't find the regular ones for some reason. I have a few but no nymphs yet.
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    (Might) be headin to Florida...

    Sounds fun! I'm looking for some skunk roaches. If you happen to pick some up let me know
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