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    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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    Got a large group of these from Alan Jeon (AKA @Cariblatta lutea), really love how this species looks, the adults are beautiful! Nymph: Adult female:
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    Hey guys, it's been a little while since I posted here, I have some somber news to share. I have been dealing with some severe anxiety and depression issues for the past few months, and I kinda broke down a couple weeks ago. This hobby has unfortunately been causing me a lot more stress than happiness lately, possibly because I have too many species. It's also taken up almost all of my available time, and has prevented me from participating in any of my other hobbies or spending quality time with my family. So, after some soul-searching, I have decided to all but leave the hobby. I have gotten rid of almost all my invertebrates, and only plan to keep half a dozen species for now, (might even get rid of those though, time will tell). I will also be very minimally active here on the forums, so this is probably the last you will hear of me for a while. I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who's helped me along the way by supplying me with invertebrates, giving me husbandry info and advice, and those who just gave encouraging words. I will forever be grateful to all of you, and this forum in particular will always hold a very special place in my heart! Sincerely, -Tristan
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    I cannot believe how huge these are! This guy is bigger than my Eublaberus “pantanal” and my Blaberus fusca.
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    I found this randomly while browsing amazon.com http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B0038ZQYRC/
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    You are awesome, emmet! My female, Layla, is expecting nymphs. You interested in P.Americana?
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    Thanks so much!! I'm really struggling with it lol
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    Someone in the USA wrote a book about the isopod hobby 5 years ago. There is evidence the isopod hobby started in the late 1990's in the United States with a hobbyist who isolated orange Porcellio from Spain and offered them for terrarium keepers regularly in the US arthropod hobby circuit, but there really was no hobby before the 2013 Isopods in Captivity book.
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    I love that I'm not the only one naming my roaches. After awhile it's not feasible to name 1000s, but I still have my favorites — mostly aggressive male hissers I've had to pull from colonies, like Red the male A. insignis who just emerged and was about to receive the full wrath of Goldie, the reigning male. There's also Wickwicki the last surviving member of my P. vanwaerebecki hybrids and Fuzz, the last of my G. oblongonota hybrids who is currently battling a fungal infection. They all have such unique personalities... it's hard to not get attached.
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    Glad there are resources these days.
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    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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    Good luck to you!! My female and male mated last night, and now Layla is nymph bound. Marcus is being a typical dad. LAZY. I’m letting them crawl on me while I type. Layla is gonna be a great mom I would post a pic of Marcus on my head.... but I am not revealing my face, thank you.
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    I know this isn't super relevant as a subject to discuss, but I'm just so excited! My library decided to accept my purchase request for For the Love of Cockroaches by Orin McMonigle, and now they have it! I have never hit "Place Hold" so quickly in my life! I can't wait to learn all about roaches and finally decide on a species for my next colony!
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    Your welcome! Enjoy your new friends!
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    I saw this on another site. I am pretty skeptical about what the AI actually does. For example, I wouldn't call turning the temperature down when it gets hot AI. I would call that a thermostat. I really can't think of what an AI would do in this context. It seems like very simple programs could handle everything.
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    @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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    Here's a beautiful beetle from west TX. Specimens in the pics have all deceased now, but I have ~30 L3 larvae in hand.
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    Wow, that’s an interesting theory! There’s a thread on Luridiblatta trivittata, and it was discovered that the oothecae should be kept dry for a while and then moistened to cause hatching. When moistened, the ooths puffed up before hatching.
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    It's "being processed" currently. I'm planning on going to the library and hopefully picking it up today, as I'm leaving on vacation tomorrow and would love a good book to read on the plane I've heard lots of good stuff about it. I can't wait to read it! Me too, I was worried because of the price and the fact I'd never requested a purchase. Hopefully I won't be the only one excited to see such a unique book in the library system
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    Well, isn't a portable oversized bug one of the most beloved fantasies of true insect enthusiasts?
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    Oggy and the Cockroaches movie.
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    La Cucaracha song lyrics in the next link: https://www.musica.com/letras.asp?letra=951972
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    Well in the turtle hobby AST = Alligator Snapping Turtle, which is why I clicked the thread, was sorely disappointed with the contents...
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    116. Cariblatta lutea lutea = Small Yellow Roach 117. Cariblatta lutea minima = Least Yellow Roach 118. Euthlastoblatta abortiva = Fragile Cockroach 119. Euthlastoblatta gemma = Little Gem Cockroach 120. Parcoblatta bolliana = Boll's Wood Roach 121. Parcoblatta desertae = Desert Wood Roach 122. Parcoblatta divisa = Southern Wood Roach 123. Plectoptera picta = Painted Cockroach 124. Paranauphoeta formosana = Formosan Assassin Mimic 125. Paranauphoeta discoidalis = Indonesian Assassin Mimic 126. Luridiblatta trivittata = Three-lined Roach 127. Eucorydia aenea dastyoides = Taiwanese Flower Cockroach 128. Hemithyrsocera histrio = Asian Clown Cockroach 129. Rhabdoblatta formosana = Taiwanese Leaf Roach 130. Gyna centurio = Centurion Roach 131. Little Penguin (ex. Malaysia) 132. Epilampra maya = Maya Cockroach 132. Ischnoptera bilunata = Bilunate Roach 133. Byrsotria sp. “Cuba” = Brown Burrowing Cockroach 134. Blattella germanica var. Auburn black = Auburn Black German 135. Rhabdoblatta yayeyamana = Japanese River Roach 136. Paratropes lycoides = Lycid Mimic Cockroach 137. Pelmatosilpha larifuga = Vagabond Cockroach 138. Latiblattella lucifrons = Santa Rita Cockroach 139. Euthyrrhapha pacifica = Pacific Two-spot Cockroach 140. Brachynauphoeta brunneriana = Madagascan Halfblack 141. Polyphaga obscura = Obscure Desert Roach 142. Panesthia angustipennis cognota = Orangeback Cockroach 143. Panchlora sp. "White" = White Banana Cockroach The common name list will be open to additions and suggestions for updates. The number and common name generally will not change, but scientific name changes and new species or subspecies can be added as they become established in culture. Suggestions will be incorporated (or not), then deleted.