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About pannaking22

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    Arachnids, insects, roaches of course!, entomology, rearing and breeding a variety of invertebrates, birding, macrophotography, basketball

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  1. Congrats, awesome to see that species has made it stateside!
  2. A good mix! Enjoy them!
  3. I'd say the little Kenyans would be good for mourning geckos. Adults don't even reach 1/2" in length and they reproduce very readily. Nymphs would work pretty well for young geckos too (approximately fruit fly sized). Red runner newborns would be small enough, but I believe they would get too big quickly and not be all that usable. You also have to work with ooths if you have red runners, as opposed to the "live" birth from the little Kenyans. I like watching my little Kenyan colony as well, it's interesting watching the adults and nymphs moving about. I personally couldn't stand my red runner colony when I had it, but I know a lot of people would recommend them as the top feeder.
  4. Collembola can also make good feeders for tiny scorpions and amblypygids.
  5. Cool, I'll ask him today then if he's in
  6. Wow, just glancing at the pics before reading I almost thought those were a species of Blaberus! Very pretty roaches!
  7. Neat finds! If you're interested, I have a friend who's studying springtails, so he may have some good info on how to culture some of the trickier species. Also, Edgebrook Woods was one of my field sites while I was working on my Master's. Nice area!
  8. That molting scutigerid is incredible!
  9. Word of warning, resin is a pain to work with until you get a good amount of experience. It's fun to mess with and if you get it right, you'll have a really nice display piece. Problems you may run into though, are: Heat may cause discoloration (probably less of an issue with darker species). The resin shown in the link produces a fair amount of heat. Bubbles. Oh my god, the freaking bubbles. The only reason the best pieces I have look great is because my lab went through a full experimental regimen with resin (for embedding amber with insects in it) and found that after mixing (before adding the specimen), putting the resin in a vacuum chamber dramatically reduces the amount of bubbles. A second vacuum chamber session is necessary after adding the specimen to remove the air that gets trapped underneath it. Even with this, it still takes quite a bit of fine work with a pin to remove the remaining bubbles and there's still no guarantee you'll get them all. Rotting specimen(?). The only large inverts I've embedded have been tarantulas, and I removed the guts and stuffed them with cotton beforehand to make sure nothing rotted. I want to experiment with a lubber grasshopper at some point to see if meaty inverts will rot after embedding or if the heat and chemicals from the resin kill everything. Personally, I'd recommend removing the innards and stuffing it with cotton just to be safe. Resin can get expensive fast. Even the cheaper stuff they sell at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. It's not super high grade stuff like what we embed amber in (you want to talk about expensive...), but for just a hobby, it works really well. There are some resins that cure using UV light instead. I haven't really messed with those much, but the limited experimenting I did showed they could work well. I'd listen to the directions on the can rather than what they're saying in that link...there are a few things that don't quite sound right in their instructions. Honestly, I'd recommend just pinning your roach after it dies or maybe spreading it into a position you like and letting it dry before putting it in a Riker mount or shadow box for display. I certainly don't want to dissuade someone from trying out resin, but those are just some observations I've had having worked with it on and off over the past year and a half.
  10. Walmart has a variety of cheap boxes and will have the size you need. I only use USPS boxes if I have an old one someone sent me bugs in. 6x6x6 at Walmart costs around $0.70 and it's very cheap to ship it through USPS or FedEx.
  11. Welcome to the forum! I agree with keeping stocks as pure as possible due to their rarity. I actually shipped off my old hybrid hisser group because I managed to get a pure line group and wanted 0% chance of any accidental hybridization!
  12. You can also put a bunch of extras into enclosures of their own and sell them. People are always looking for good clean up crews.
  13. My P. nivea tend not to be too flighty, though they skitter all over the place when disturbed no matter what time of day it is.
  14. Awesome, glad to hear it!
  15. Welcome to the forum! Certainly is addicting isn't it?