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  2. I found a mole cricket in the parking lot of a hotel that's not even 2 city blocks from the beach. I've never seen one of these before, only heard them. Pretty sure it's Scapteriscus borellii? If I'm right, it's carnivorous, which is really cool. It was really active and a lot faster than I thought it would be, and kinda reminded me of a spider. Seemed to be very keenly investigating the container I trapped it in. I moved it into the dirt. Absolutely adorable to watch it look around! If they didn't need live prey, I'd keep it as a pet.
  3. Yeah most burrowers are unaffected by tropical pink springtails, it's the non-burrowers that can get stressed by the constant tactile contact. Smaller springtail species like the little silver ones are compatible with every roach species I know of.
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  5. PuppyMintMocha

    I Need Help/Advice, Dying Halloween Hissers

    No more deaths so far. I've still been noticing more mites, on some individuals more than others, but I guess overall they seem ok? Also saw a female airing out her ootheca yesterday so more babies are apparently on the way ^^
  6. Betta132

    Isopod Hobby

    But that's not a definition. That's "here's when I think it started", not "here's what it is". Unless I'm misreading?
  7. I've been redoing all of my colony bins... 1 at a time, lol taking forever. I have kept all cuc out just to be on the safe side. I think I have the springtails you speak of in with my surinam/green banana bin, but they don't seem bothered. They're thriving. The springtails are definitely abundant though, so I could see more sensitive species bothered by them for sure.
  8. Yeah, those will climb around on branches and stuff should you provide them with some. Pseudoglomeris magnifica are very expensive right now, and I only know of one vendor in the US who sells them, (@Bmaines96), but they are absolutely beautiful! And there are a few other Gyna species in captivity but they are very finicky, as well as a few other Panchlora species.
  9. I have gyna lurida, caffrorum, and centurio, along with panchlora(regular and apparently "giants" whatever species that is...). Pseudoglomeris magnifica look amazing! Are they hard to come by? Maybe one day try my hand at those. Or any other kinds of panchlora/gyna if there are any. As always, thank you hisserdude Sorry for hijacking OP!
  10. Springtails seem to be the best CUC for most roach species, however some of the larger varieties like the tropical pinks, (Sinella curviseta) have been known to stress out and overwhelm a lot of the more sensitive roach species.
  11. Gyna adults could be considered aboreal, as could Panchlora adults... Pseudoglomeris magnifica are rather easy to breed and aboreal, but very expensive and can be slow growing.
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  13. Allpet Roaches

    Isopod Hobby

    I believe the correct answer is located in posts 2 and 3.
  14. Was just wondering which CuC is recommended(if any). I made the wrong choice of using isopods with some of my species, stressing the roaches out. The cleaner beetles in large numbers seem to cause problems too. I use springtails with my stickbugs, not sure if they would bother the roaches? I also have several isopod colonies, wasn't sure if springtails should be with them or not? Any input is appreciated
  15. Betta132

    Isopod Hobby

    Which I guess brings us back to the question of what DO you consider the isopod hobby to be? I literally don't know how someone would define it.
  16. Acro

    Prescription Pill Bugs

    Found this photo and I wanted to share. 😋
  17. Allpet Roaches

    Isopod Hobby

    I think the oldest book with a few paragraphs I have is from 1989. I don't consider someone explaining how to keep isopods in a jar is even remotely evidence of an actual hobby, but I am interested in finding the oldest source I can.
  18. Betta132

    Isopod Hobby

    The book is called "Pets in a Jar" by Seymour Simon, and I gave it away last year to a little girl interested in bugs, so I unfortunately don't have a quote. It's out of date, and among other things claims that you should be able to keep a starfish alive in a gallon jar, but the care info for most of the land animals isn't bad. Online, I found mention of "Pet Bugs" (Sally Kneidel, 1994) and "The Pillbug Project" (Robin Burnett, 1992) to add to that.
  19. Hisserdude

    Salutations from the 51st US State: Confusion

    Where exactly do you live? Technically most roaches in the continental US shouldn't be legal to keep, but since they are kept by so many people, with many species having been bred for years and years, the USDA doesn't bother enforcing said laws anywhere except FL. You generally won't encounter trouble with keeping roaches in the US unless you go looking for it, and I don't know of anyone who's had the USDA knock on their door to confiscate their roaches, (whereas phasmids, exotic Orthopterans and exotic beetles are MUCH more strictly regulated).
  20. I have yet to post introduction posts on a couple of forums. I have this bad habit of just jumping right into discussions, so before I go too far in this form, greetings! I chose my title because I thought it was funny; I do not think of myself as confused (most of the time), and one of my favorite childhood movies was Charlotte's Web. I keep a number of roaches right now. I started several years ago with the classic hissers, and I managed to kill my small starter colony. I tried again, and now I have hundreds. After several failed attempts, a few of which were impressive, of breeding crickets, I started culturing feeder roaches. Due to the size of my pets, I did not want the standard Blaptica dubia, so I pursued Panchlora nivea and Nauphoeta cinerea. Well -- Panchlora nivea fly, a lot! Therefore, I never used them much as feeders because I never wanted to have the tank opened for more than a few seconds. They were pretty though, and some roach-haters actually liked my "leaf roaches." I tried the N. cinerea, and they worked well. I also acquired adults of Blaberus giganteus, and I soon had dozens of nymphs. Then, in my quest to understand the regulations on exotic mantids and beetles, I learned about the USDA regulations on roaches, and all my roaches, except G. portentosa, were illegal. Therefore, I gave them to a museum and pursued the proper permits. I acquired more lobster roaches from Josh's Frogs as they have the proper commercial biological supply permits. I submitted permit applications for many species of cockroaches. Permits for some of those species were recently granted! I now have the USDA permits for Therea petiveriana, Blatta lateralis, Rhyparobia maderae, and a number of others. Unfortunately, Blaberus giganteus was not one of the approved species, and I was told that they require a containment facility. I currently have Gromphadorhina portentosa (200+), Nauphoeta cinerea (a lot), and Rhyparobia maderae (2).
  21. Yeah, none of the Pseudoglomeris (formerly Corydidarum) can curl up into balls, Perisphaerus is now the only roach genus that can.
  22. Allpet Roaches

    Approved Common Names - American Cockroach Society

    That is disappointing, they look like they have the body structure for it.
  23. Actually looking back, we weren't quite able to reach a verdict on Gil's thread as to the preffered name for Lanxoblatta rudis, but later when I created a photo thread for the species the conversation was reignited, which is when we reached the conclusion to call them the "rough bark roach".
  24. Well we all generally agreed on Gil's thread on this species that rough bark roach should be the name, as "rudis" translates to rough or coarse in Latin. Well they don't curl up at all, so I'd save the "Pillbug" moniker for Perisphaerus species, not Pseudoglomeris. Emerald or Magnificent Emerald roach would work better. Thorax is being bred by several people in Europe, and at least one of my US buddies has them, (but he'll likely need a new group later this year). They are kinda finicky like Rhabdoblatta formosana, but they are about as established in the hobby as they are, if not more so... Perhaps that should be the name for improcera then, it hardly does the appearance justice, and there are several little Eurycotis, but if that's literally what improcera means, that's what we should go with! Well the only person I've seen give grossei a common name was Kyle, and he used Mega glowspot. Not as cheesy as his other common names, so I'd just use that since more people are familiar with that name ATM... Yup, the little Kenyans have been tentatively I'd as P.minutissima, that's apparently the Paraplecta species they match the best according to Dominic Evangelista.
  25. Allpet Roaches

    Approved Common Names - American Cockroach Society

    Thanks Hisserdude. Wouldn't Lanxoblatta be better off as bark mimic, rough bark doesn't do any justice to it's properties. Pseudoglomeris magnifica = Wouldn't Emerald pillbug roach be more descriptive? Is Thorax in the hobby? improcera means little I thing mega sounds like Megablocks or Megatron and giant is simpler. Comments ? Do you mean 115 for Paraplecta? I identified them to Paraplecta some years back but I forget which species.
  26. Arthroverts

    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    The meeting is upon us! Who is coming? I have got a few creatures I might be bringing depending on the demand, and I am curious to hear how everyone's collections are doing! Thanks, Arthroverts
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