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  1. Beware the flightless mealworm darkling. https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2017/11/misinformation.html
  2. I imagine that fermentation bacteria won't harm roaches, as they eat overripe fruit and fermented leaves/wood. Still, not sure about how safe the new stuff is.
  3. Bump. If you haven't filled the tank... Darklings darklings darklings darklings darklings! Maybe put some Therea or other diurnal roaches with them, as desert darklings apparently do fine on wood and leaflitter and you can give the roaches a moist area. Or maybe put one of the less-secretive millipedes in there as tankmates too. Millipedes look like elongated darklings to me, though I haven't kept any. I've gotten a black cf. Calosoma (also day active) put in the Zophobas adult cage by accident before and they did not get eaten, but I would be very, very cautious with the carabid if I were you, since darklings are rather expensive on bugsincyberspace. Cheers AlexW (yes, desert darklings can be diurnal)
  4. Ah, you have read my mind! I've always dreamed of intercepting cool insects from distant worlds once they are blown to ports and make landfall. It has already been done with the newly arrived Luridiblatta, though that one probably wasn't blown. Too bad I am so busy I cannot afford to do much with invertebrates. Otherwise, I would be giddily shipping the local footspinners to roachcrossing and stuffing my jars with Gibbifer californicus (which seems to be mostly absent from California, and must be found in other states).
  5. Aw, you gave me the answer I was praying not to hear! I don't know if it will happen indoors, but during the last few winters the morning temps nearly approached freezing. It is better to err on the side of caution. Also, the room temps are always around the 70s in Fahrenheit, even at night, but I do start shivering when I get out of bed. Cotinis is normally a summer insect as an adult, which worries me. Also, since they only have paper towels as substrate, some self-regulation by burrowing into insulated and relatively warm soil is probably compromised. Perhaps the carabids only survive chilly days by remaining in protected microhabitats the same way humans survive in heated houses during snowstorms. I have already wasted at least a small tree's worth of paper on the darned scarab, and buying coco coir will be a long and arduous process (don't ask). Oh dear... (no, I do not wish to breed ground beetles and kill myself by worrying. too busy)
  6. Fall is approaching, and my green fruit scarab has enjoyed an abnormally long lifespan due to cushy captive conditions. It won't snow here, but the temps can get pretty close. Totally unprepared for winter, though I have given all my beetles fluffy paper as a blanket (do blankets even work for ectotherms?) Any ideas on how to heat my enclosures? A heat lamp/pad might be too much effort/expense for a senile scarab and a bunch of tiny black beetles. They are in plastic jars, though I do have a glass one.
  7. My Coniontis mini-darkling calmly walks around the edge of its enclosure as darkness approaches, antennating and exploring crevices. It is almost constantly moving, except when eating or vibrating (likely a courtship behavior). The three small ground beetles it lives with are much more secretive. Watching them when I can't sleep makes me tired. Whenever disturbed by my clumsy attempts at maintenance, they run for their lives and remain motionless for many, many minutes in the "safety" of their crevices. And I don't have a red flashlight (apparently invisible to insects), so using dim normal lights (also apparently ignored by insects) is quite a strain on the eyes. Yes, I know there's a beetle section, but I can't cut this topic into two.
  8. Wait, I suddenly thought of something... @MooreInverts, come over at once! Your dinner is waiting. I'm pretty sure she knows her reptile stuff. Cheers AlexW
  9. Maybe see what the herp experts suggest on their forums of residence? I know many "common plecos" (often Pterygoplichthys pardalis) are marketed and sold as algae eaters, but soon either die (lack of feeding) or end up outgrowing the tank and do not meet a good fate. Luckily, the roach hobby is still too small to attract much attention, so we don't have similar disasters occurring at a large scale.
  10. I would assume that your roaches had died first from improper conditions of some sort and then started rotting. Many insects rot almost instantly after death. Cheers
  11. Well, hissers seem to be sometimes used as substitutes for the "pest" species. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockroaches_in_popular_culture Unfortunately, Wikipedia seems notorious for excessively long-winded and irrelevant "popular culture" sections, but it might still help. Also, I know this is not fiction, but Guinness World Records does have a famous hisser-eating contest. I strongly disapprove of it, though; it seems more like a "daredevil stunt" than anything else, and seems to promote the idea that harmless insects are disgusting and nasty. AlexW
  12. Yes, @Matttoadman , I know. Same problem occurs with actual "pests" as well. I hate being chased by nonnative Aedes, but I respect them greatly (after all, they are not deliberately malicious) and enormously prefer removing stinky breeding puddles to actually attacking them. And don't worry about the scientific names; even though I prefer them, roachforum is a very non-hostile place. Fooling him with a Parcoblatta is not a big deal, considering the state of affairs. It did get me thinking, though. I am now executing my plan to punch holes in all the major "dumb extermination companies" and drink their liquefied innards. https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2017/11/exterminators-for-breakfast.html Unfortunately, it turns out that my joke was a prophecy. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
  13. Bump How pathetic, I tested him and he thinks Parcoblatta is a pest
  14. @Centipede Uncivil Orin (user Allpet Roaches) states he has tried (in one of his books), but he wasn't very successful. I don't wish to plagiarize him all day, so you can ask him via PM. AlexW, former "guest"
  15. I've been itching to answer this for a long time Generally, all arthropods (and too many humans) gravitate toward high-energy foods. Thus, isopods and darkling beetles will eagerly swarm fruits, "meaty" vegetables (corn, peas, grains), fish/dog food, and dead insects even if they have other things to chew on. Of course, eating too much of these is probably not good for them, so I suggest you grow a few of these as a treat along with much larger amounts of lettuce and other salad vegetables. AlexW, former "guest"