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  1. 3 points
    Today I saw a female Pseudoglomeris magnifica roach walking on the front glass. And upon close inspection I saw, much to my delight, three small nymphs clinging between their mother's legs. (picture is rather dull, due to the anti-reflection cross-polarization filters I had on my flash). I'm very happy with this!
  2. 3 points
    Managed to take some better pictures, couldn't withhold these...
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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:
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    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...
  7. 2 points
    Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement, I really appreciate it! I regret to inform you all though that I have gotten rid of my collection and am leaving the hobby completely now. I tried just cutting my collection size down, but it appears I burnt myself out, I've lost my passion for keeping live invertebrates completely. I still love invertebrates, but I'd rather just look at pictures or observe them in their natural habitat than raise them myself. Maybe I'll get back into the hobby a few years down the line, who knows, but for now I think it's best if I take some time away from the hobby completely. Thank you everyone for all the help, kind words, and of course roaches you've provided me with over the years, this forum and everyone on it will always hold a special place in my heart! Goodbye, and keep on roaching! -Tristan
  8. 2 points
    Hi! I’m new to this forum and excited to be here! There are a lot of gorgeous and fascinating roaches out there and I’m looking forward to learning about them and their care from all who participate in this forum. My own experience in roach keeping is limited, but growing. I have in the past and am currently raising a dubia roach colony that is used as feeders. I also recently purchased nymphs of Peppered, Orange Spot and Question Mark roaches through “Bugs in Cyberspace” and these animals are being enjoyed as pets and - where appropriate and the animals tolerate the handling, will be used (when grown), as ambassadors for educational programs. In the future, I hope to expand my roach collection as my knowledge expands. Eventually, I’d love to have complimentary mixed colonies co-habitating in single tanks with other insects. I believe this will make a dynamic presentation for others and me.
  9. 2 points
    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?
  10. 2 points
    I remember when I took a break between marriages. I still had a couple bugs and I still worked on my insect photography and website, but it really took things down a few notches. I had my bugs in a storage unit for a long time. Lost a lot of things due to lack of time to get over there. Phyllium hausleithneri and P. siccifolium, to name just a few. I remember Orin saying I was the only person that ever came back. I didn't really realize I was ever gone, but I did what I had to do and I got back to what I loved when it was time. Do the same and you can count on the forum to be here when you return. I assume those Simandoa I sent you earlier this year made the cut. Too bad you don't live one state to the left. I'm hiring in September. Take care, man!
  11. 1 point
    I have never had Dubai Roches, but I know that they tend to want to avoid high protein and instead go for high sugar food elements. Apple, orange, watermelon lettuce and strawberry should be ideal food items for them. I don’t know if you are using organic foods, but if not, that may be a solution. Cockroaches are quite picky and if they can detect high amounts of pesticides on their food they will not be as egger to eat it. No idea how to stop cannibalization sadly.
  12. 1 point
    Petco has their $1 per gallon aquarium sale going on now through February 2. I have no affiliation with Petco; I just look forward to this sale as it's a great time to stock up on 10 gallon tanks for my colonies.
  13. 1 point
    Do you have a photo? I have seen live (and very healthy) hisser nymphs with the colouration you describe, which was because they were very close to moulting and had stretched their old skin as far as it would go and the white parts between the body plates were showing, so it would really take a photo to show whether yours had any more untoward symptoms.
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    I second grasshoppers or katydids. I think they are cool looking and can be used as feeders, and as you know chams love them. Mantids would be another cool option but do seem to require more work and space.
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    Out of my six hisser species, my room stays at 25-29 C (82-87ish F), 29 being the hottest. The room is always at 50% humidity or higher, 70% is average. I've never had much of a problem with molts. Every now and then I might get one that had trouble. If I see them struggle I will set them next to or onto a water source to help loosen the shed. I suggest buying a humidity gauge so you can physically see the levels. Mine all stay on a coconut fiber bedding, but I do not mist anyone. I would also looking into some water crystals or water bytes. They hold humidity well and is what we use at work for probably a million roaches total. Like the last comment, sometimes you just can't fix the situation. (Lost a whole colony of Dusky Caves for no reason what so ever once...)Make sure if you're feeding greens and fruit you are giving them a good wash before feeding to avoid any possibly pesticide poisoning. Roach Crossing the website has a helpful and free guide you can download that has lot of nice info and certain issues with possible cures. Keep us updated and good luck!
  16. 1 point
    Dang, sorry to hear about your health. Anyway, the part of the anatomy you're talking about is the pronotum.
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  18. 1 point
    @emmett On Google Scholar, multiple Salvia species are shown to have insecticidal oils.
  19. 1 point
    A.fusca is supposed to be a protected species in its native range and so unfortunately it doesn't look like it'll be in the hobby for a long while.
  20. 1 point
    Have you tried freezing these for longer shelf life? I usually spend a month or two traveling each year, during which time my SO has to care for all my bugs. I've been looking for an inexpensive yet healthy food that will save for a month or longer.
  21. 1 point
    My lats actually ate tomatoes before a little surprised your roaches didn't take the tomato. For the acorn did you break it open?
  22. 1 point
    Sorry to hear this, HIsserdude - you've been one of the most helpful and knowledgeable members of this forum and certainly helped me with a few problems I had with my colonies when I started keeping roaches. I hope all goes well and that with a new balance to your life, as Krissim Klaw said, you don't completely lose your obvious love for these little creatures. I can certainly sympathise with the time commitment - having started off with just three hissers about 18 months ago I now have thriving colonies of 6 stick insect species and 3 hisser species, all of which are reproducing like mad and eating me out of house and home as well as taking a lot of my time! All the best and hope to see you here back again some day with a new enthusiasm!
  23. 1 point
    stimp checking in. We have a young bearded and got frustrated with crickets. We have a dubia colony we are trying to get going and are feeding the beardy on small dubias ordered and kept separate for now. 1. Do you currently raise any roaches? Yes 2. If so, how many? Errr...it was a starter kit from Josh's Frogs, 315 total per the ad. 3. Do you culture roaches as pets or feeders? Feeders 4. If feeders, what kinds? Dubia only 5. Are there any specific roach questions that you would like to ask the community? Yes, how do I know I am getting nymphs? I think I found some nymph bodies in the bottom of the container last night when replenishing food and water crystals. 6. How did you find our community? Google I am using a heat pad and a temp controller and use a USB temp tracker in the container to check temp trends, getting 80 at night and 93 or so during the day. They are eating well, and the dross is starting to pile up, but have not seen any obviously gravid females. Kit came with 10 females and 5 males, I lost one female the first week. They are molting in each group as I would expect. I sporadically feed them fruit, but that attracts small gnat/fruit flies. The bearded loves them, and prefers them in side-by-side steps vs crickets. He will not eat green leafy things, we even tried hiding the dubias in his greens. Loves freeze-dried peas though. Any and all advice appreciated.
  24. 1 point
    I'm curious if you were able to raise the specimen from the last pic to adult. I have a hunch that it's a nymph of Plectoptera poeyi but I'm not 100% sure about this.
  25. 1 point
    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