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    Are these things suitable for an enclosure?

    Roachcrossing.com says: - pine and other conifers have insect-harming compounds - so do nuts (like your pecan; I know it's only a pod but still)
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    @emmett On Google Scholar, multiple Salvia species are shown to have insecticidal oils.
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    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    Clarification: feigners and other typical desert darklings enjoy drinking water, for obvious reasons however, putting them in a moisty steam chamber will eventually kill them. They need high ventilation (a screen lid is fine) and the substrate should be dry most or all of the time I don't know what 50% humidity is supposed to "feel" like, but if the air in the enclosure feels dry and fresh and non-damp then the beetles will probably be fine
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    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    I suspect even 50% is too much; even adults of the forest-dwelling Zophobas seem to do very fine with water restricted to the new fruits served every day (they lived more than 6 mths before dying)
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    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    Orin (our forum moderator) wrote in his book two things: 1. desert darklings may emerge en masse on overcast or rainy days 2. desert (and many forest) darklings will die from long-term inescapable low ventilation and dryness The crystals are probably not needed. I personally prefer frozen produce for darklings, as small portions can be dethawed very conveniently and easily every day
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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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    Peppered roach and giant cave roach deaths

    pesticide poisoning via fruits?
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    Anyone keep giant bananas?

    Not sure if the two species can make hybrids, but do err on the side of caution
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    Anyone keep giant bananas?

    Giant Panchlora males are indeed smaller than females, according to Orin (user Allpet Roaches). In Invertebrates for Exhibition, Orin writes that the giant species is twice as large as nivea; giant females = 27mm, giant males = 18mm
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    Anyone keep giant bananas?

    The normal banana is Panchlora nivea; the giant is a completely different species (currently unidentified; bug taxonomy is quite messy) All winged insects are adults and cannot grow (mayflies are a major exception; they have a strange winged subadult too) I suspect the seller was sloppy and mixed in some normal bananas with the giants
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    Panchlora sp. "White"!

    @Axolotl Hisserdude quit the hobby =(
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    Breeding Behavior in All Male Colony

    A few comments male-male mating is a normal behavior for many insects; see research on Google Scholar I had a pair of Cotinis mutabilis last summer and they would repeatedly take turns trying to inseminate each other male Cotinis are also obsessed with inseminating my fingers, and I have seen Dynastes doing this on a finger too
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    Making old leaves!

    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
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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.
  15. 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