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  1. 3 points
    EDIT, Nov 2019: In light of new information, this species is NOT Hormetica apolinari, but Hormetica strumosa. A little less-showy than their relatives, Lucihormetica, these are a new addition to the hobby. What they lack in glowspots they make up for in size, robustness, the presence of prominent horns in males, and behavior. They are also quite prolific. Hands down one of the most rewarding species to keep.
  2. 2 points
    Finally got some of these beauties, one of the first to keep them in the US, fingers crossed they'll breed for me! Here are some pictures of a couple nymphs!
  3. 2 points
    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.
  4. 2 points
    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.
  5. 2 points
    They are great. I'm happy with the morph, and I started the colony I intend to use for sale 2 weeks ago
  6. 2 points
    Found this photo and I wanted to share. 😋
  7. 2 points
    Dr. Darby Proctor, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology has recently started using cockroaches to teach principles of psychology and neuroscience. Article and video below: https://adastra.fit.edu/blog/research/florida-tech-discovery-magazine-spring-2019-buggin-out/ I met Darby at a conference last week, were we were both presenting some of our cockroach research. The conference was near her school, so she actually was able to bring some of her discoid cockroaches! It was my first time seeing discoids in person. I now have "other roach envy." I know a number of labs that are investigating using hissing cockroaches for similar work, but generally I find them too lethargic. I have made some good progress with my research as well, and just received a grant to continue the work, though I do not yet have any fun videos to show yet.
  8. 2 points
    I have a particular fondness for roaches that a layperson might look at and ask "what is that?" instead of going "ew, a cockroach". Variety is the spice of life, and the variety of living things is a particularly good spice. I also like the round shapes. I know these aren't common species, but can anyone point me towards some care info on them? I'm trying to figure out something to keep in an Exo Terra 8x8x8 or 8x8x12. These three are looking like they might be possible candidates. I figure I need something fairly small, that doesn't need deep substrate (the most I can get in this is 2" without some juryrigging), that won't scatter everywhere or fly into my face when I open the tank. There's about a 1mm gap along the side edges of the door due to how it's constructed. If I really wanted to, I could silicone the door shut and just open it from the top, but I'd prefer something that can't squeeze out there. I could probably also rig something to make the substrate deeper if it was needed. I also want something that can be reliably left alone as long as it has food and moisture. For the bark roaches, it looks like they eat only apples and bark. I'd give them hardwood bark, we have pecan trees in the area. Would they eat dried apples, do you think? Not store-bought, just sliced thin and dried to jerky texture in the oven. Easier to just keep in a container next to the enclosure to feed them whenever they need it. How warm do they like to be? They look like they'd take decent advantage of climbing space, running up and down things, and might be especially visible from the sides through the glass. The pillbug roaches, I can't find much data on. Roachcrossing says they need good ventilation, moist air, and will eat apples, and I know @Hisserdude had some at one point. Does anyone have any advice on them?
  9. 2 points
    Hello! I want to show you some of my more uncommon [here in Europe] roach species. My foto size reduction is slightly better than in my last topic and I will further try to improve this. Melanozosteria nitida BRUNNER VON WATTENWYL 1865 (from Khai Sok in Thailand) Only under lights more redish than black, but look at the defensive secretion on their last abdominal segments. They are incredible fast runners. Thorax porcellana SAUSSURE 1862 (from India and Sri Lanka) Beautyful species from the Epilamprinae subfamily. Most fascinating are the baby cockroaches below their mothers wings for the first weeks. First rank breakout artists.
  10. 2 points
    Just FYI, I've created a new blog dedicated to caresheets, specifically for invertebrates that I've successfully bred myself. This includes a few of the more obscure invertebrates out there, and of course, plenty of cockroaches! Stay tuned for new caresheets posted periodically! Invertebrate Dude Caresheets
  11. 2 points
    Thank you! Yeah they do look a lot like oblongonota with these spots. I was looking at a picture with the different horns of males but I can't tell the differences between hybrids and species for the life of me. I'm certainly better at isopod identification :d At least they're just goth like me 💀 I hope their offspring will be as gorgeous as they are.
  12. 2 points
    They are absolutely capable of noticing differences, changing their behavior, learning, and maybe even having basic moods or emotions, but I do think what is going on with them is not quite as complicated as what causes behavior for you or I. We are sort of designed to explain things in terms that we understand, so its very normal to assume another animal (or even another person) thinks the way we do, but it is rarely the case. I imagine he simply has less reason to do things now that there are no mature females around. He will likely perk up if other adult females are around, or when the nymphs get bigger. He might even be more active if there was another male for him to have territorial disputes with, although they may also fight too much. Right now he is likely just chilling, waiting for something that actually requires behavior. I don't think he is depressed, but they are somewhat social species, so I think they probably do the best when they live in groups.
  13. 2 points
    I wanted to try the differential grasshopper, but in my area the two striped is much more common. Its nearly nationwide and seems to prefer areas with tall wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa) and sunflowers. They are supposed to be in PA. Once together they bred readily in captivity, in a butterfly tent, with regular fresh foods including wild lettuce flowers. A study back in the 50's or 60's found the nymphs could be taught to eat a commercial style feed to avoid the hassles of fresh greens. I have some references somewhere if anyones needs them. egg cases in peat
  14. 2 points
    I dug out my Polyphaga saussurei collection, to see how many I have at the moment. 3 Adults and many nymphs. And while they were together, I noticed them moving almost synchronous:
  15. 2 points
    Sorry for the extra late reply lol. They are definitely hissers, but you can't really ID them from nymphs, and if they are unlabeled you might not even be able to tell what they are once mature...
  16. 2 points
    Managed to take some better pictures, couldn't withhold these...
  17. 1 point
    The Lanxoblatta will get out through that gap as babies, Perisphaerus won't though... And I doubt either will eat freeze dried apples, (or maybe they would, but would still need fresh fruits in addition). Both breed best at temps above 75F°, and if your Lanxoblatta are often on the sides of the enclosure, that is generally a sign that they need new hides and are highly stressed out... Whereas in Perisphaerus it's either because of overcrowding, or too much/too little humidity. I wrote a caresheet on Perisphaerus pygmaeus here, they can be very prolific if kept correctly!
  18. 1 point
    Well, they're easy to bait out of the substrate with food. You could probably just put food on top of a plate in their enclosure, turn out the lights, and wait for them to swarm it. I'd sugest a pitfall trap, but on second thought they climb a bit too well for that, don't they?
  19. 1 point
    Archimandrita sp. "Cerro Chucanti / Panama" Real giants with 8cm lenghts from head to wing ends, the female is nearly 5cm broad. Bigger than A.tesselata and looking a bit different. Adult female:
  20. 1 point
    Well good luck man, hopefully those giant Panchlora will start exploding for you soon! Perhaps just try offering less leaf litter, I don't think Panchlora nymphs absolutely need it, but most isopods breed much less without them.
  21. 1 point
    @MarlonDark mealworm coloration, uncanny resemblance to molitor adults (striated elytra, somewhat elongated shape, ridged round pronotum with pointy edges), and ability to survive in dry grains are all traits consistent with Tenebrio obscurus. I do not know any other darkling with this exact trait combination so obscurus seems very probable. @Hisserdude, can you confirm or deny my ID?
  22. 1 point
    Hisser nymphs can be almost impossible to tell apart, and adults of some "Princisia" and Gromphadorhina strains are difficult to tell apart as well, seeing as many commonly sold strains of both are actually hybrids between the two... Additionally, "Princisia" may not be a valid genus in the first place, so even under a microscope you probably couldn't tell their nymphs apart from Gromphadorhina.
  23. 1 point
    Unfortunately she is a Gromphadorhina hybrid; they can vary much in color from individual to individual. The male features much more of the classic MHC coloration, but he is still almost surely a hybrid as well since he wasn't gotten from one of the couple select sources for pure G.portentosa such as Kyle Kandilian of Roachcrossing.
  24. 1 point
    Wow that’s a unsolicited commercial. We get the link and all.
  25. 1 point
    Another point of view on a male:
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