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  1. Also, @vfox and @Hisserdude: the thread that Tleilaxu mentioned has pics of japonica in it by CodeWilster. I checked his shop (theroachlab.com), but japonica is currently not for sale.
  2. @Tleilaxu! By the way, there was another Periplaneta photo thread around here. Shall we revive that one instead?
  3. My loquat leaves appear to be rather fresh off the tree. https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2018/02/rotten-leaves-update.html
  4. Mmm, buttery (as insect hobbyists, our purpose in life is to drool incoherently at pretty species)
  5. Ignore the Coniontis; its dry lettuce is just for fun Since leaf fermenting hasn't been tried before, we cannot know for sure until the results show themselves. I will think about adding a third container with both dirt and leaves, just to experiment.
  6. Thanks, all.
  7. I leave dried lettuce in the Coniontis jar Interesting, I may have to dig a lump out of the garden. My 2015 leaf-rot attempt did produce isopod-edible stuff; have you personally tried making rotten leaves yourself?
  8. a particularly rank and soggy forest The dry leaf thing is good to know, but many beetle groups do prefer their leaves well-rotted.
  9. Hey

    Welcome! Bugsincyberspace enjoys using Therea domino roaches and other colorful species to remove fear.
  10. Agreed. I have had some Zophobas adults slow down and mysteriously die after molting, though, so I was speaking from experience. The plumpness is a good sign, if the roach refuses food for a few days it may still have energy to recover.
  11. I'm in CA, so...
  12. It seems that wrinkly wings should have no statistically significant bad effects on roaches. Tenebrionid beetles with really messed-up wings can live normal lives easily, so When insects become lethargic and slow-moving, often they are near death. If they eat, they often recover from their weakness. If they refuse food, they are usually doomed to roach heaven, no matter how hard the keeper tries to save their lives. If I were you, I would isolate that female in a comfortable small box, try stimulating the palps with fruit/water (more digestible than normal roachfood?), and hope for the best. There might be a small chance your peppered roach makes it, so good luck!
  13. I've searched here and beetleforum extensively, and I have not found any guides to making rotted leaves (though wood fermentation instructions are rather common). Here is my attempt, which some of you roachkeepers may find useful. Currently they have been freshly put into containers, so I will update as time progresses. https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2018/02/i-attempt-to-synthesize-rotted-leaves.html
  14. I particularly like this specific image. The contrast between the enormous adult, new young, and springtails makes it such a balanced and elegant photograph.
  15. Many arthropods are known to produce powdery coats, including the isopod Porcellionides pruinosus. Thus, its occurrence on hissers isn't too surprising.