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    Pesticide removal

    I have finally (sigh) captured a roll of window screen! Bad news: it was contaminated with plant-derived "eco-friendly" insecticide (the "ecofriendly" ones are arguably worse than the others)! After several rounds of frantic soaping, the nauseating smell of aromatic plant oils is still there. Any ideas, roachworld? Thanks in advance
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    Capturing/collecting roaches

    According to Bugguide, P. nivea is the only wild US species. The giant Panchlora is not nivea, but an unknown species.
  3. Wizentrop sells Lanxoblatta rudis, a close relative. I doubt Phortioeca is entering the US anytime soon; I have not heard any reports of it in Europe either (Europeans have at least one other close relative of it in captivity though)
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    Help me identify these nymphs please !

    @Xenoblatta: Hisserdude has left bug-world for now http://www.roachforum.com/topic/7714-goodbye-for-now/
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    Revenge is ours

    Many thanks to @Hisserdude, @All About Arthropods, @stanislas, and countless others for making this possible
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    Revenge is ours

    I have been fiddling behind the scenes for months Death to Terminix! https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2018/05/campaigning-while-headless.html?m=0
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    Revenge is ours

    We are now open
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    Help! Mysterious hisser deaths

    Are they overheating? Roachcrossing.com care guides say that heaters which stick to the underside of the cage may be harmful There are also anecdotes of reptiles and fish being scorched by such heaters Good luck saving the survivors! I detect no other suspicious culprits
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    Dubia roach blisters?

    In beetles, deformity during molts can be caused by improper living conditions. I have seen an adult Zophobas emerge with a "water-balloon" wing very similar to the blisters Are there vegetables and fruits? You may also wish to consult roachcrossing.com Care Guides to diagnose the issue; the fellow is a seasoned expert Good luck
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    DIY Modified Sterilite Gasket Tubs from Target

    @All About Arthropodssaid to me that the guy left roachworld and no longer sells things in the shop
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    Identifying wood?

    Ultimate Guide to Breeding Beetles: hardwood logs have branches that are sporadic and often at 45 degree angles; pine branches grow in concentric perpendicular rings Good luck!
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    Porcellio Scaber Breeding Program.

    1. Isopods are known to eat molting insects, so take the burrowing roaches out 2. Orange scaber will appear in the wild on rare occasions, and appear to be quite common in US bug shops. Hopefully others will chime in Good luck
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    Native Isopods?

    I think nasatum is European though
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    Do roaches know when it's feeding time?

    I think there was a research paper somewhere online that trained roaches to associate peppermint odor with sugar, so it certainly might be possible that your roaches are learning light = food. Many other insects display some ability to learn and remember as well
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    Post-mating duration

    It’s actually not really much of a dumb question I never kept roaches, but post-mating connections for insects in general are highly variable and influenced by species and circumstances. With many heteropteran bugs, you can walk into their habitat and see roughly 40 to 70 percent of the adults connected at any given moment. On the other hand, a number of carabid beetles seem to have brief copulations and very little mate-guarding For roaches specifically, I suggest you visit the link I sent you in the “Mating initiation” forum post. The book says that long periods of connection is not unusual in roaches Cheers
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    Aquarium gravel?

    Just curious whether anyone has had any experience with using it in terrestrial bug tanks
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    Should we be panicking right now?

    Several artificial color morphs of Drosophila have severe abnormalities, including faulty vision and brain problems https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://jeb.biologists.org/content/jexbio/211/21/3454.full.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwijmrrtp67bAhUKrlQKHZcBCSw4ChAWMAR6BAgCEAE&usg=AOvVaw3eym-wKqE2IpKmDtQQefvq From what I understand, the new colors cannot be separated from the abnormalities. Apparently, the same factors that cause color change cause the abnormalities Isopod color breeding has become popular recently. They aren't fruitflies, but since melanin serves several important purposes besides color in insects (including wound healing) and I think I read that several other pigments fulfill important brain roles, we could be headed for disaster
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    Revenge is ours

    more behind-the-scenes https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2018/06/last-minute-frantic-planning.html?m=1
  19. Also, Hisserdude said " Because people often mislabel their hybrids, and then sell them off as pure stock, people buy them and then sell them as pure stock as well, and before you know it the hybrid stock becomes common and purebred stock becomes rare, which is what happened to G.portentosa stocks and I think the same has happened to many Blaberus dicoidalis stocks. Plus, hybrid hissers aren't even as colorful as their pure-stock ancestors, so it's not like the hybrid stocks look cooler or anything. Overall creating hybrids is a bad thing for the hobby, and selling them off as purebreds is even worse.Nowadays it's pretty hard to find real G.portentosa, thanks to hybrids being created and mislabeled."
  20. Reputable expert Kyle @ RoachCrossing: "I have observed that hybrid roaches tend to be less vigorous than parent species".
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    Revenge is ours

    ....And this is a partial tour of what's behind the scenes https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2018/05/i-nearly-shake-with-glee.html?m=0
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    Parcoblatta americana care?

    Winged roaches only get wings at adulthood Since the adult female has small useless wings and the adult male can fly, identifying whether you have any adult males is easy. Females do look like juveniles though. If you post a pic, someone here may be able to help.