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    Welcome! D. punctata are similar to hissers in care but it's hard to get much production. You'd probably never see 800 at once no matter how much work you put into it. It is a unique species. The D. punctata I have originally came from Roth, but maybe somebody else has something very similar.
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    Welcome! The "punctata" have actually been confirmed to indeed not be that species last year by taxonomist Dominic Evangelista, but rather Diploptera cf. minor. With that out of the way, they like good ventilation with a mostly dry enclosure and hot temps. 🙂
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    Please report vulgarity and trolling. Circumventing filters by posting links to overly vulgar language or pornographic sites will result in a permanent and immediate ban. Please don't let it go unnoticed and unreported.
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    @Auz Nah this is a Blattid nymph, pretty sure it's just a dark Periplaneta fuliginosa nymph, they are pretty common in Georgia.
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    I found two logs full (out of about six logs I chose to look under) near Asheville, NC. I collected two adults and a number of nymphs. One of the adults was alone. The other adult was with some nymphs, but I think the nymphs were old enough to not need parental care. One of the adults One of the nymphs
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    Hello everyone! My name is Shon and I'm relatively new to the roach world. I never intended on keeping roaches as pets, but my feeder colony has grown rather friendly, and the little friends they live with have become some of my favorite animals to keep. I have a few pets: Moby (my rescued leopard gecko whom I started growing roaches for), Bambi (terrier mix dog), and my 20g fish tank, which has had a number of rescued fish in it and currently has my last 3 African dwarf frogs -Pumpkin, Jr, and Quasimodo, as well as a ghost shrimp. My roach colony has 2 species, Madagascar hissers (2, both male), and dubias (2 males, 5 females, and about 30 offspring right now). I have no intention of growing thousands and thousands of roaches anytime soon, I'm currently homeless and have been keeping my pets at a friend's house while things get figured out, but I love the little guys very much and would do anything to keep them all happy and healthy. I am a full time student at the Otis College of Art and Design, and as of last year, I am officially a part of their toy making department. Before this, I was an entomology student, and was essentially forced out of a career when Trump defunded the EPA. I no longer had access to the opportunities I was presented with, and I had no way of paying for the classes I was set up to take, so here we are! I am happy with where I'm at now, but given the chance, I would drop all of it to go back to my truer passion, entomology. I used to volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and have nearly 1,000 hours of service under my belt. I've worked with sharks, rays, horseshoe crabs, octopuses, sea stars, and many other animals you probably dont see every day. It was an incredible experience to take part in, and I try to visit whenever I have free time. They also have several kinds of invertebrates used as program animals - roaches, tarantulas, centipedes, millipedes, and many others have been used as examples of how to go about maintaining a healthy ecosystem and responsible pet ownership to the crowds. I think you guys would appreciate all the love and support roaches get from that area specifically! We've changed quite a few people's minds about the kind of respect these animals truly deserve. I also have my art posted publicly if anyone is interested, I'll probably be replying with some photos once I get things resized correctly, as well as some photos of my pets if anyone is interested. I post art on DeviantArt (Shon2) and Twitter (SharkyShon2) if you wanna see! Some of it is intended for mature audiences, so if you're not keen on that, stick to Deviantart and keep the mature filters on. Anything else... I'm 20 years old, trans, a furry, weeaboo, vegan, and I love Taco Bell That's about it! I can't wait to meet everyone here and start interacting more with the community --------------------------------------------- EDIT: Found some photos to share! Current pets: Animals I used to keep: How my tank used to look (my last fish killed a lot of pants, he used to rip them out of the ground lol) Animals from the Aquarium:
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    Sorry if y'all are overwhelmed with all the photos, but I wanted to post some art too! I tried to avoid anything NSFW, but these are some of the more popular pieces from social media/ some of my personal favorites: Originals: Animal studies: School work: Fanart:
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    Looks like a Supella longipalpa nymph to me.
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    August meeting is tomorrow! More info in the Google Group. I have also attached our club calendar that goes out to 2020. We are doing a velvet worm import from Canada right now, and after this one we are looking at doing another that may include some rare roaches. Stay tuned! Thanks, Arthroverts ICSC Calendar, Logos, etc (3).pdf
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    hi! i'm grey, roach/general arthropod enthusiast for 3 years. currently have a large colony of G. portentosa with 800+ individuals. someday i'd like to keep A. tesselata, B. craniifer, L. verrucosa, D. punctata, and P. saussurei. in addition to the roaches, i also have a few brown recluses (two adult females and some newborn slings), and might be getting a scorpion to fill the hissers' old tank. one question: does anyone have care info on D. punctata? that's the species i'm most interested in atm and i can't find much about them online (besides the whole milk thing). thanks in advance!
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    thanks for the info everyone! wasn't aware they were renamed. yeah, i wasn't expecting to get a huge colony out of them, i know they have small litter sizes. i've got too many roach nymphs as it is
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    Welcome to the forum! And yeah the D.punctata are now D. cf. minor, and like Joshua said they like things on the drier side, (but do like somewhat high air humidity I think).
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    Yeah sadly it just looks like a fuliginosa nymph with atypical coloration, doesn't make it any less pretty though!
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    Thanks @Auz and @Hisserdude! I was secretly hoping I had stumbled across something unique. The picture doesn't really do it justice as far as the colors. It's got some really pretty red tones in it as well.
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    Is is possible it's a Hemiblabera tenebricosa? They're native to Florida so that isn't terribly far away. Although my knowledge on them and what their nymphs look like is virtually nonexistent lol
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    Thank you for the information! I've always wondered about these cool accidental hitchhikers and if they are legal to keep... like folks who get spiders in their produce lol Realistically, I know it is highly unlikely anyone is going to come for a hobbyist in this type of situation, but I like to explore all the aspects of it.
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    My hybrid hissers are being little jerks and chewing on the plastic lid of my enclosure (plotting a long term escape plan?) and I'd enjoy if they stopped doing that. How can I discourage them from doing it? I was thinking about maybe rubbing something on the lid or having something right outside which they don't like to taste or smell, but not bad enough that it stresses them out constantly or may even harm them. What can I do? I don't really want to do the whole Vaseline barrier thing as I really don't mind them up there otherwise either.
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    One of the nymphs matured, it's a female! A true beauty! Turns out the nymphs produce a waxy substance all over their exoskeletons, similar to Porcellionides isopods and several desert Tenebrionids, which aids in preventing dehydration! These are the only roaches I know of that produce this substance, even the adults have a thin layer of it! There really isn't anything like these in Blatticulture, they are so unique, really glad to be working with them!
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    For dryer species like hissers, dubia and B. giganteus I use a combo of Alphitobius diaperinus beetles and Paraplecta parva (Little Kenyans). For more humid species I use temperate springtails almost exclusively. For my dirty boys (Rhabdoblatta formosana I'm looking at you) I use a combo of springtails, dwarf white isopods and powder orange isopods. Slightly off topic, but I just added dwarf purples to my Helix aspersa/Haplotrema vancouverense enclosure so I'll see how that turns out.
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    @Marco Sonnenscheisse got a notification of this comment on email and when I saw the username in the preview it was so unexpected that it had me rolling so thanks for that :d @Hisserdude I get your point but it's a safety measure for the people that already put in the wrong species of isopods, which is probably a whole lot of people, so might as well try to improve their roaches situation. Plus, roaches sometimes nibble on it too.
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    Many millipedes do this when handled, it may be because many species seem to enjoy eating keratin, which is what our skin, hair, and nails are made of. Chitin, which makes up a millipedes exoskeleton, is also similar to keratin from what I hear (I am not 100% sure however), so it may be that they mistake our skin for chitin, which they eat on occasion in preparation for their next molt, causing this behavior. People with a low pain tolerance (like myself) may feel the chewing as painful pinches or uncomfortable rasping, and I believe larger species may chew enough to cause a large pinching feeling even for those with a high pain tolerance. What kind(s) of millipede do you have? Hope this helps, Arthroverts
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    True Story: Two Fridays ago, a miracle occured in my life. My keys ended up in a friend's pocket at work. Neither of us recalled exchanging them. I'm open minded to the possibliy that we DID exchange them but neither of us remembered doing so. And I'm open to the possibility that something more mysterious occurred. I wondered out loud if maybe something important would or wouldn't have happened if my keys hadn't ended up in his pocket. Who knows? It was an entertaining mystery for a minute and then it was over and I had to decide exactly where to place my next foot as I walked out of the building (a little more carefully than usual). I couldn't always walk, you know. At one time I didn't know how. My body had a rather miraculous plan though. Shortly before all this, I existed partly in my mother's body and partly in my father's. It was a miracle I was ever born, but here I am. Here we are! In numerous countries from around the world people have gathered together to have a conversation that has been had since the beginning of consciousness. It is miraculous that nature evolved a brain that could ask this question. Someday it will answer it too, but what's the hurry? Oh, you want to know before you die? Well, buddy, that ain't happening! Accept the mystery! Enjoy it! You don't have to have the answers to be happy right now. You don't have to label yourself or anybody else. We're all the same. We all have doubts and anybody that thinks they've put the puzzle together really hasn't even opened the box yet. (sure you can look at picture on the box, but it's not the same.) The great majority of organisms on this planet don't even have labels/names yet. Next to nothing is known about most of the species that do have names. Before we figure out where they came from, let's figure out what we have. In the meantime, we'll all get where we're going.
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    Off topic but I had a few comments after reading the other posts. Ralph -"Playing with fire is fun though" Ya it can be unless it's with your wife. She's a devout creationist with no room for any interpretation or alteration. Our evolutionary debates always turn into bitter wars. Then she'll wait a while and start baiting me with questions when we see some show that mentions it. grrrrr!! Matt K- outstanding post. I like how you mentioned relativism and how we study the dinosaurs and use the data to make assumptions about their lives. We have limited data and run the risk of interpreting that data through schemes that we understand because they apply to our times. In history theres a theory called postmodernism that says that history can not be accurately studied from the perspective of the present because we lend our own influence to it. People often take historical situations and apply emotions and feelings to the characters in play when it is impossible to determine what emotions they would have had given that their society was different. Totally agree with the dinosaurs. I understand interpreting movement from skeletal remains, but I always get a kick out of it when they have shows that describe the skin coloration of dinosaurs. We can assume that they tried to blend in with their surroundings, but who is to say that dinosaur eye rods and cones saw the same way that we do. What if Hunter Orange was completely invisible to them. Global warming. I love it. I always like to point out that there was already one ice age a long time before we had cars. Could the methane gas from dinosaur flatulence? Hilarious.
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    Well here's my two cents. I have almost always believed in pure evolution. It makes a lot of sense to me and I've never been a strict religious conformist. Big fan of science and nature. That was the first penny. Here's penny number two. I don't know a whole lot about the big bang or anything like that but I know that I was a sailor for quite some time, a submariner to be exact, and there where times when we surfaced and...seeing a sunset in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight made me feel that there had to be something else. I guess it's silly to fall back on emotion but there were just too many coincidences out there for me to say that luck or even skill kept us alive. Also I'm a historian and I've seen when looking at historical events there is rarely one single cause. Often the different views of different historians make more sense when they are combined and you can't apply one truth to all events. That's universalism. I guess what I'm saying is that I feel confident that evolution occured, and have a feeling that there is some sort of supreme being, who may have set things in motion, although might or might not have directly influenced every step. I guess that ended up being 4 cents instead of two
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    Oh Fun !!!! Evolutionary creationist. Or creationary evolutionist. Or evolving creationist. Or creative revolvingist. While I may believe in God I have faith that humans are far too arrogant and narrow minded to really understand how life evolved... Now I have to rant and try not to go too many incoherant directions at once: The fact of the matter is we have no idea how life began on Earth. We barely undertand how life exists today. We just suppose different things. People for the most part are relatively simple so anything that is easy for them to digest is what they want to believe. I believe that we have no idea and its all guess work. Example: We like to believe that we (we = human race) collectively have made many discoveries about dinosaurs and believe we know a few things. However, we really have no idea how they behaved or what they really looked like, what they ate, how fast they grew, etc., but we like to believe it was something relative to what we know about life today even though I suspect it was nothing like we think it might have been. For years we thought T-Rex stood upright and lumbered along dragging its butt, but then we bgan to consider that it might have slightly crouched forward in a more lateral position balancing head and tail. We then also like to believe that maybe it was fast and ran around alot. In the movies T-Rex even growls and hollers all the time. I like to think that if they were reptiles, they all laid around most of the time quietly, until it was time to eat a local cohabitant or go off and mate... anyone who has cared for crocs or large monitors might better understand this.... My point is that while we have some evidence that dinosaurs existed anything beyond that is a fairy tale. If scientists cannot accurately and consistantly identify modern species of primates, roaches, fish, etc., how dare they think they can assign a subspecies to fossil bones of an incomplete skeleton! I mean come on, really. Thats like predicting the weather in 1000 or 100 years when we can't get it very accurate over the next 10 days. We go from global ice age to global warming, then global warming in the middle of a much larger over all ice age and then waiver inbetween warming and cooling. Come on, really. Stick to the facts that we know, and avoid the ideas that seem like they might be factual. I suggest to others from time to time that we not confuse the idea that there is science in one hand and faith in the other..... the two are as entwined as DNA.