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    An attractively absurd idea

    As much as I enjoy mocking unintelligent extermination companies, it's really just a defensive weapon for the poor misunderstood spiders/roaches and not much else. I was having trouble sleeping one night and started thinking about random stuff: How to wear a roach-hat I am often asked about how I managed to get a 6-inch Periplaneta to sit perpetually on my head. In all honesty, there isn't much to it. One of those film companies that churns out bad productions like ATTACK OF THE MEGAROACH! was shutting down, and they were getting rid of all the stuff. Somehow, their large snake got picked up by a prestigious institution as a specimen for "education and outreach" (read: was sent to a luxury snake hotel). Of course, those sorts of fancy institutions were still vertebrate supremacists, and the megaroach would've been dumped into the garbage can (not-alive) if I hadn't intervened. Sometimes I envy the reptile a lot. Anyways, the insect was a laboratory animal and thus unlikely to have been running around in the sewer, so I dragged it home in a puffy white bag. Now, I had been an insect enthusiast for years, and I was pretty sure what I was dealing with. Most of the typical Periplaneta spp. (americana, australasiae, etc.) can barely survive in clean houses due to their desiccation intolerance, and this one was no exception. I don't know how such a large specimen manages to exist, given that mega-insects are supposed to be biologically impossible, but it doesn't matter too much. The studio also had a rather sickly-looking 3-ft long ant alate, but the giant Periplaneta seems healthy enough. All I had to do was get a large escape-proofed aquarium, add some hides, and ensure that proper humidity/food was available, basically. Of course, things often don't turn out as planned, and I soon noticed my new captive's insistence on sitting on my head during the day. No sensible insect would do such a thing under normal circumstances, but they probably conditioned it a bit too much with food-signaling pheromones. It was probably easier to film the scene where the actor pretends to get his brain eaten, I guess. Still, being able to walk around all day with a roach-hat is quite pleasant. Surprisingly, I have been able to educate several roach haters with it.
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    An attractively absurd idea

    no pictures this is just a ridiculous idea I thought up; I doubt any real Periplaneta reaches half a foot long
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    Ant formicarium for isopods/millipedes?

    I am pretty sure that setup does NOT work for a number of ground invertebrates. Many of the more skittish species need objects to be under; otherwise they may show abnormal behaviors or stress. It may prove useful for some types though. I have noticed that garden Armadillidium are surface active during all hours, including noon.
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    Worms came out of dead roach?

    Microwaves can heat unevenly. I often find one side of my food sizzling and the other side still frozen Do note that not all dipteran larvae look like maggots. Some (especially those of nematocerans, like gnats) are long and wormy. I guess you either have long thin dipteran larvae or nematodes. Probably harmless either way
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    Mating initiation

    In many roaches, the male feeds the female with secretions. Detailed info is available in the mating chapter: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.researchgate.net/file.PostFileLoader.html%3Fid%3D57eb2559b0366d11f16bb2f6%26assetKey%3DAS%3A411112697810944%401475028313142&ved=2ahUKEwihqPHq0JDbAhWE5IMKHZ5XDyAQFjADegQIBBAB&usg=AOvVaw0kGami7UciLaFRTkdl2R8Z
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    Worms came out of dead roach?

    Another possibility: your decaying roach has become maggot food If I were you I would not worry. Scavenger invertebrates are more common than parasitic ones in many captive-bred insects of course, we need photos to confirm identity. Have any?
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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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    Pheromosa/UB02 Beauty

    That would be an excellent outreach strategy! It will catch many game enthusiasts by surprise
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    Sexing nymphs

    The roachcrossing.com caresheet has instructions
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    What DOES eat hissers? (Population control)

    When they are freshly molted, the animals are squishy, white, and thus more chewable. I imagine most predators would easily handle young nymphs, whether freshly molted or not
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    “Bonding?”

    Disclaimer: Not trying to argue; comments below are for the sake of myth-prevention Periplaneta americana, the American roach, has been proven to have an excellent memory. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.2108/zsj.18.21&ved=2ahUKEwi-v8y4uuraAhXPtVkKHaZJAt0QFjAAegQICRAB&usg=AOvVaw2R56gPNwnVV_UMJIwIsV_h Research has also shown that Blattella germanica (German) has long-term memory and the ability to remember cage landmarks for visual navigation. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/255641206_HOW_DO_BLATTELLA_GERMANICA_L_AGGREGATE I don't know what species you keep, but: These two houseroaches belong to different superfamilies and are built similarly to most roaches; it is thus rather safe to assume that other roaches with "typical" habits have similarly good memory capacity as well (of course, some roaches with extremely unusual biology might have reduced memory capacity to improve biological fitness). Conclusion: Your roaches' apparent poor memory is probably not a poor memory at all. One likely possibility is that they are simply just being instinctively paranoid (better to err on the side of caution) and are thus too timid to habituate to your handling when you lack food.
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    Thanks to the community :)

    You're welcome
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    Lazy cockroaches (zzz)

    That's good. I'm not sure what is happening, but your python idea seems plausible. Another possibility is that the roach is instinctively unwilling to leave its shelter after eating its fill, because this would cause increased predation risk outdoors.
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    “Bonding?”

    Where did you hear the "awful memory" thing? It smells like a myth. It seems likely that your roach detects edible residue on your finger. The same thing has happened to me with wild pillbugs after I handled old dog food, after all.
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    Lazy cockroaches (zzz)

    Is the animal sitting around in broad daylight during such events?
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    Protein for American Cockroaches

    I'm not sure how much is needed, but there's probably info in the Feeding chapter here https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.researchgate.net/file.PostFileLoader.html%3Fid%3D57eb2559b0366d11f16bb2f6%26assetKey%3DAS%3A411112697810944%401475028313142&ved=2ahUKEwjntu-S-eLaAhUnq1kKHZypDwAQFjADegQIBhAB&usg=AOvVaw0kGami7UciLaFRTkdl2R8Z Do give your roaches more vegetables and fruits, though. Periplaneta aren't mantises
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    Hyporhicnoda sp. "Panama"

    Do both sexes live equal lengths when adult?
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    Female Ectobius sylvestris

    This is true of wild Ectobius, since it is highly seasonal. https://books.google.com/books?id=R7eVRP08kasC&pg=PA44&lpg=PA44&dq=ectobius+"short-lived"&source=bl&ots=8-bxflLVsD&sig=vi2-xTptF0tptn86iI2E9LWTsTQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjDhpuY99PaAhWL0FMKHTwVAUsQ6AEILzAB#v=onepage&q=ectobius "short-lived"&f=false It is possible that artificially-simulated seasons may be important for the health of E in captivity as well.
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    Cockroach milk ?

    @Roachinator @Marlon Not trying to be rude/annoying here, but as roach enthusiasts we must NEVER TRUST NEWSPAPERS https://askentomologists.com/2016/07/31/cockroach-milk-is-not-the-next-superfood/ Also, the picture in that newspaper website is incorrect. The idiot editors decided to use a pic of Periplaneta americana/brunnea. The "milkroach" in question is Diploptera punctata; Periplaneta are ordinary city roaches. PS: Diploptera punctata is common in the roach hobby
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    Rearing info for corydidarum magnifica/pygmea

    Hisserdude: “Just read in Orin's book that the females can give birth two to three times a year, and that they often will not give birth until six months to a year after all the males have died off. Looks like I got a long wait ahead of me lol, at least I know they aren't giving birth because of bad husbandry on my part.”
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    First Time Roach Owner!

    Welcome! Don’t forget the local wild bugs too! On my wishlist: carabid ground-beetles: long-lived predators, usually. Some are breathtakingly iridescent, but many are brown. Even 1-cm species can last half a year or more; have entertaining food fights. Brown ones can be fun to watch too. A few cool brown ones are probably in your garden right now Herbivorous true bugs: Many are filled with nasty plant chemicals and warn predators with beautiful colors. Harmless unless eaten though. Darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae): Usually black or brown, but can have fancy shapes. Like carabids, adults normally long-lived. Do beware that many online websites think that the mealworm darkling (used as lizard food) is the only darkling. There are many species. See my article here https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2017/11/misinformation.html Since many of these are almost unknown to science it is wise to be cautious; however, the above all have many easy species to keep.
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    Roach Etymology - Help Please!

    Thread bump! If you train yourself to speak taxo-gibberish some of the names can be understood quite easily giganteus: giant rufipes: red foot a number of bugs are also named after Greek/Roman mythological characters
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    Roach Etymology - Help Please!

    From McMonigle (Allpet Roaches admin)’s Invertebrates for Exhibition: Gromphadorhina = sow’s snout portentosa = portent; the hiss can be used as a warning signal
  24. I do know ladybeetle larvae are more needy than the adults, probably because the adults do not need to grow. Haven’t raised larvae, but research papers have plenty of documentation on this.
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