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    Hey! I'm in ATL.
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    Unbeknownst to me, just prior to selling off my large G. oblongonota colony a lone male escaped. Four months later, who comes walking out from behind my desk? 🤔 I was honestly dumbfounded. That's a long time to rogue! It's been about 2 years and I still have that little guy. He has his very own hisser palace and a prominent place in my heart. Similarly, I had an A. insignis go missing... again, unbeknownst to me. I kept hearing strange scratching that sounded like it was coming from inside the walls. I live in an old home that's partly underground; we get mice on occasion so I thought nothing of it, but 2 weeks later I'm still hearing the same sound. Tracked it down to an adult female living in my subwoofer. It seems like the vibrations would make that an unappealing place to hide out, but she seemed quite comfortable. Had to take apart the whole speaker to get her out, though. Final story: While checking my banana roaches one day, I see a small tan similar but not similar roach. Caught it. Not one of mine! Turns out it was a wild Parcoblatta enjoying the highlife of steady food and moisture. They are resourceful little buggers.
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    They are great. I'm happy with the morph, and I started the colony I intend to use for sale 2 weeks ago
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    Hello ya'll, I'm Darrell outside the big ATL. 😁
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    Hey all, I had bought some 12+ Therea petiveriana a while back (about a year or two ago). I raised two to maturity (unfortunately they didn't breed), but then the group just sort of died out it seemed. I was recently using the old substrate in their cage for some isopod enclosures, and I noticed something moving! I sifted through the substrate and found seven juveniles! All of them had been surviving in a low moisture, low food environment for at least six months, because I thought they had all died. I am still shocked. I guess roaches, even more sensitive ones like Therea petiveriana, still possess that incredible hardiness that has come to define the amazing insects known as "cockroaches". Anyway, just wanted to share that with all of you, and ask the question: When have your roaches defied the odds and survived? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Howdy y'all. I currently have a large colony (3-4000) of B. dubia as feeders for my various other pets. I am moving towards keeping some other species of roaches as pets and figured I would come on by and gather some info and such.
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    Regular males are only about 1/2" long. Large males are about the same size as normal females. I had thought of getting you a picture, but no way are they gonna hold still for that! If you got them from a reputable source, they're likely all the same species/size. When I started up my colonies, there were periods of few adults. They don't live that long as adults. As long as you have nymphs, you should see a bloom of adults in the near future.
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    Very nice, glad your Therea didn't die out completely! BTW, try feeding them a protein rich diet, with leaves as the supplemental food, and they should grow pretty fast! Also, keeping half the enclosure dry and the other half moist appears to be the best for Therea. I received a group of Simandoa conserfariam nymphs from BIC, however there was a cold snap and they all appeared lifeless on arrival. However I kept them anyway, figuring some might thaw out and actually be alive, and to make a long story short, that's exactly what happened. It actually took several days, but three of the nymphs came back to life and regained full bodily function, and went on to eat and molt just fine, even got one to mature before leaving the hobby. So yeah, roaches can really defy expectations and live through some pretty tough scenarios for sure!
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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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    This is a pricier textbook, so I'm looking for any input on the quality/depth of info in this book. Amazon link
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    You bet, I know some techniques.
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    Female giant greenies measure 1" or more. If your females are smaller, you likely have the standard size. Not sure if they hybridize....
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    Maybe I am in error, but I suspect to have a little part (circa 5%) yellow adults under my Panchlora nivea. Could that be or did I everytime see a freshly molten one? Greetings, M
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    I wish you good luck with them. Have you got helpful hints how to breed them? Greetings, Marco
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    Been there, done that. Little things would seem so overwhelming. I know all about it. A therapist can give some real good techniques. But you have to find one you like. If you want to talk more about it, send me a PM.
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    I used to suffer from anxiety, was terrible, had it for several years. I say I "used to suffer from" it, but you actually never get rid of it, you just learn to manage it. I've done amazing and I continue to do better. You will too! Just keep getting up if you fall and stay positive!
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    I use all of those seeds as well lol, thanks for responsing
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    I just throw some hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and shredded coconut in a coffee grinder. Granted that I always have those seeds on hand for my consumption (except coconut but it's pretty cheap). The roaches seem to like it and I haven't had any problem with roaches or mites infesting the colonies.
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    Thanks for the clarification. I'll keep it simple and go by the names you suggested.
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    Well yeah, but if the species is voracious enough to need cuttlebone to chew on when using them as cleaner crews, I'd avoid using them altogether... 😛 Most of my isopod species showed next to no cannibalism even without cuttlebones, but then again I made sure they had plenty of protein rich feed and veggies in addition to their leaf litter, whereas I know of some people who only use the latter in their colonies and expect them to do well...
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    Managed to take some better pictures, couldn't withhold these...
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    Hope he is okay and not focused on bugs because he is focused on other fun things.
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    Hisserdude has had some improvements in his "white" colony but they still aren't a huge bustling colony and are still at a very precarious position in the us hobby, hopefully if the colony continues to do well and the new dietary changes he has made work out I'll be trading him one of my very rare species for some so we can start spreading this difficult but beautiful species within the hobby?
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    Today I found a Corydidarum roach walking on my son! I must admit that I was a bit flabbergasted... I still do not understand how it came to walk there. How did it escape? I can only reason that it must have escaped before I put them in their enclosure. I checked for holes larger than 1 mm, but found none. And the silicon grease barrier it intact. So far I haven't any seen walking over that grease layer. None the less I dismantled their habitat so check and count them all. I could find 9 out of 10, but it could very well be that one escaped my sight and remained hidden (I did not toss up the substrate). Next I thought I saw a deceased one... My heart missed a beat, but it turned out to be a shed skin. Breathing calmly again! Even their skins are beautiful, so I wanted to share a picture:
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    hi Rhyparobia maderae young: female: male: bye!