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    I get on occasionally dang it๐Ÿ˜‚ but yep like @All About Arthropods mentioned i have one of the last rhabdoblatta colonies in the states and shockingly i actually don't charge that much as i just want them in people's collections so next time I almost lose mine its not a full on panic mode.. But atm the epilamprids I'm working with are Opistaplatia orientalis-red and black roach-beautiful adults and relatively active at all life stages but mostly stick around in leaf litter Decoralampra fulgencioi-nymphs are excellent bark mimics and adults are shiny beetle mimics with rove like characteristics semi arboreal at all life stages Rhabdoblatta formosana-one of the most arboreal ones but also the fastest breeding and most sensitive to waste build up. Epilamprinae sp "borneo"-basically chunky rhabdoblatta that are just as arboreal as actual rhabdo but more impressive looking and slower breeders Epilampra maya-breed at a relatively slow rate if kept more towards room temp stunning looking shiny nymphs and panchlora-esque adults moderately sensitive to waste buildup but not as bad as rhabdoblatta And finally my favourite(and slowest breeding/rarest/most expensive) epilamprid-thorax porcellana or what ive nicknamed Vampire roaches-these guys look cool at every life stage with adults having neat pyramid shaped wings and nymphs blending in seamlessly with most organic display items also the most arboreal(in my experience tbey only breed well if kept like arboreal tropical mantids) but tbe coolest part? The newborn nymphs hide under the moms pyramid wings until their first molt feeding on the moms blood with a specialized pair of jaws they molt off after leaving moms back!
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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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    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.
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