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  1. I've seen native Armadillidium vulgare up and running about during the day time. They are a little more resistant to dry conditions, so I think that might let them be a little more mobile during the day.
  2. I ordered mourning geckos from Josh's frogs. I really like them. Might get more animals from them one day. I haven't seen another place I really like that much. So many of them sell what are clearly wild-caught local animals. I just can't support that.
  3. In my experience Armadillidium are very drought resistant, but reproduce slowly and are good roach companions. Porcellio, however reproduce very quickly and are always hungry. I have seen them come out from underground and take pinky mice away from my snakes. Unless it is very dry, they quickly outcompete Armadillidium, and will reproduce fast enough that you will need to remove them before they overtake some of the smaller roaches. If its Armadillidium, I think your dominos will do well, and have a nice cleaning buddy species.
  4. Some of my research is actually "bugs and drugs!" (But I don't do the drugs!)
  5. Hi bug friends. I recently finished my phd in animal behavior, accepted an assistant professor position, and I'm starting up my new animal behavior lab. And guess what that means? More bugs! I will be looking into getting some bumblebees later, but for now I want a better setup for my cockroaches. I would like to set up a roach rack. I am considering something like this snake rack: The rack is a standard metal wire shelving unit with heat cable woven in between the wire shelf grid. Has anyone done anything like this? One concern I have is that the metal would simply act as a radiator and dissipate all the heat. I will use something like tubs with gasket vents as seen here: I'm not sure what size things I want yet. The rack will need to fit in a nook in my lab space (currently being renovated), and then I will get bins to fit the rack. I will have hissing cockroaches, orange head cockroaches, and I'm hoping to get some glowspot roaches breeding. The hissers and orange heads will be for behavioral research, so I will have a few bins for them. The glowspots will be my cute, beginner-friendly roaches, to help people become accustomed to insects. I am not intending to keep banana roaches anymore, but I also still have some of those, apparently. Does anyone have any other thoughts about setting up a nice semi-professional rack? I do have some money I can spend. Thanks for your thoughts!
  6. Just start selectively breeding orange heads for predatory behavior. We can get there in a few years.
  7. Very nice. I really like the ventilation holes. I'm going to be setting up something new for myself soon, this is very helpful.
  8. I like the size, but I still think L. subsincta is the prettiest of the glowspots.
  9. Great pics! I hope you end up with many more. I also got some a while back from roach crossing. I didn't do so well with their humidity and a few dried out, or did not molt well. Now I have only four roaches, one female, one male, and two almost adult nymphs. The male just hit his adult molt. They are so pretty! It is also interesting how they tend to play dead when you first dig them up. I like the little behavioral differences between roaches.
  10. I've got a video I'll post eventually of my orange head roaches chasing after isopods and banana roaches. It is bizarre to see, but they are pretty efficient at catching other bugs. The banana roaches that escaped for a while were not consumed, I think they start to smell like the orange head colony. Actually, I think this thread might have been the reason I got the orange heads. They are fun roaches.
  11. I had one that got out a few times. I would find it on the other edge of the room covered in hair. Never had one hop UP the stairs though!
  12. I think in addition to individuals cleverly figuring out how to reach a nice spot, I think they are attracted to each other. If I don't check on my hissers for a while, and the vasoline barrier at the lid is old, some nymphs will escape. They end up under random things in my animal room. The interesting thing is, they are always together. I've found several under one object, but never individuals scattered around different objects.
  13. Very cool. I am moving in a few months, and I have been thinking about implementing something like that with a Propeller microcontroller. I will be setting up a bug behavior lab with roaches and bees. Stanislas, have you considered publishing this set up? I know a few labs that are becoming more and more interested in roach behavior. I think there would be an interest in something like you described.
  14. In my experience, vinegar smell usually means rotting roaches. They have a little bit of a smell to them anyway, but it is very noticeable when some die.
  15. Try it with a few individuals, and tell us what happens. They may not be affected by it. Bees for example, I believe are not.