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  1. This may be a silly question but are those roaches actually a metallic blue color or black? I'm not sure if the picture's colors are showing properly on my PC.
  2. Those are B. discoidalis without a doubt.
  3. Those essentially look like 75% of the adult female "B craniifers" i'm selling off now. Orrin said they are hybrid craniifers so i'm assuming they're just a mixed variety. How do the males look in comparison?
  4. Roachman had a species like this one of the last time i saw him, albeit slightly less odd. It was dark like that and resembled a large wasp. Its surprising alot of these weirder species aren't more common on the market considering their exotic appearance.
  5. Welcome! Being in Singapore means you probably have an easier time getting ahold of Australian varieties like Rhino roaches and the like, along with all sorts of exotic goodness.
  6. Indeed, Merry Christmas to the lot of you! Hope you all had a good one.
  7. Well i've spoken to you already but i'd be glad to answer any questions etc. welcome to the place! The more the merrier.
  8. Fascinating. It reminds me of the way driver ants make living bridges across things, or those chains of migrating lobsters marching across the ocean floor. Its a shame maggots are so repulsive to look at.
  9. One thing i do notice about my B craniifer hybrids is that in all of the the males tend to be either pitch black or much lighter than the females, there is no real variation, just one extreme or another. Another thing i notice is that when they first molt, their distinctive "skull" marking is very visible (on nearly all of them) but once they start hardening up the markings become less visible on a lot of them. The first pair of adults i got from R. Willis looked like absolutely none of the ones i've ever seen or had since. The female was a dark brown color (i still have her in a jar in the freezer) and the male was dark but nothing like any of my other adults. Strange how it worked, i must post a picture once i dig one up.
  10. Hitting the weights or a punching bag or running works, if bad comes to worse and I can't find anything to do, there's always Jim Beam or Chivas Regal. I figure everyone's got tough times, its best not to let things get to you, the world is going to keep turning and everything is going to keep moving whether you want to move with it or not.
  11. I use romaine lettuce, bread, any fruit i may have on hand (apples, oranges, whatever), and as for protein, i just toss in Kibbles and Bits dogfood. I sold off my colony but it lasted me 2 or 3 years and was at least double or triple its original size, despite constantly giving them away (a friend at the Bronx Zoo wanted some). It may be dry, but if you spray it they take to it just fine. To my knowledge the same works for the orange heads and e. distantis. I didn't have any cannibalism or chewed wings problems in any of my tanks, even when they were crowded.
  12. I tossed in a tamale and found a week later that the only thing that had taken to it was maggots. I guess no more of that. It really depends on the species and how hungry they are.
  13. My mother's biggest fear is cockroaches, its what piqued my interest in them, her constantly reminding me of how afraid she was. Never understood it myself, but escapees i was generally able to keep under wraps until they brought a cat into the house last year. Part of my reasons for offloading my colonies is the constant pressure they've been giving me since several incidents where they'd be upstairs eating dinner and the cat would come upstairs with a live B. craniifer in its mouth in order to show them. I don't know where the cat keeps finding them, but its better at it than I am, and the first thing it does is go and drop it near my mother. I'm sure it would be funny if not for the aftermath!
  14. whoops, sorry. the initial photos in the first post of this thread. They are so clear and crisp, my camera can't get anything remotely near that.
  15. I saved two periplaneta americana from a glue trap at work about 3 years ago, within 6 months i had a horde of nymphs (and both adults were still alive!). I had them from another full year before releasing them in the woods (i only wanted to save the original two, not keep them). I kept them in a completely empty tupperware with only two toilet paper rolls. I fed them romaine lettuce and dogfood like my other colonies and did not have any deaths despite those conditions, so i think you'd have a hard time NOT having a successful colony here.