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  1. 5 points
    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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    After collecting cockroach activity in my collection for more than a year now, I decided to make some graphs. Each graph is made up of 505056 datapoints (measurement every 10 seconds for 2 months). X-axis: hour of the day Y-Axis: Activity level and light level in the enclosure. Among the most interesting ones are the Therea bernhardti graphs. There you can see how the nymphs are active during the night, in contrast to the day-active adults.
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    It might not be hot news, but I thought I'd share a new cockroach that I started breeding. Even when it comes to mainstream species, I always prefer to work with wildtypes (meaning strains that originated from known, wild populations) because I feel there is often too much mixing and hybridizing in the arthropod hobby, leading to weaker captive populations. Nymphs of this roach were collected in a small Honduran cave as an unidentified "Blaberus sp.". It appears to be a variety of Blaberus giganteus, with wide black banding and a darker color tone. Adults begin as white individuals but very quickly turn orange. The funny thing is that I never planned to keep B. giganteus. I avoided them due to their bad reputation - low tolerance for crowding and cannibalism. But this strain seems to be ok with it, I still have all the original adults sharing the space with hundreds of nymphs, and while their wings are no longer intact (well, they use them for courtship after all), they are still kicking. They seem to be very hardy.
  4. 3 points
    Beautiful Blaberid from Panama. Males have glossy black wings while females lack wings.
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    Here's a beautiful species from central FL. Their babies hatched yesterday!
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    Hi there I've been a long time lurker of the forums but recently became more interested in actively participating in this hobby i currently own around 100+ species of roaches ranging from your run of the mill feeders to species rarely kept and even more rarely seen! my goal here is to get these rare species into peoples hands so we don't run the risk of losing any species from the us hobby as well as supplying my own base of knowledge collected over rearing so many of these neat little Arthropods ? soon I'll be posting a for sale list with a few neat species on there and I commonly have things posted on the us invert auction Facebook page so be sure to stay tuned for those!
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    Hey Man, it's not an issue - it's just Time I've lost and sold my collections repeatedly, 'cause of wives, children, army services, long-time errands etc., etc.. Then I've returned - and beasts have returned, too - some new, some old, but inevitably. Now I'm 47, my elder children're 23 and 22, my young daughter is 2, and 5 yrs ago I've brought a termites colony from a trip to Vietnam And now I've half of a room tightly packed with enclosures So - it's smth like Midi-chlorians in your blood - if you have it, you can't deal without all this bugmatters
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    Hello everybody ! I'm an illustrator and I'm currently working on a book about insects (kind of a pop-up book for children in which you can lift the wings of an insect to see underneath for example). I would like to feature in this book the beautiful Simandoa Conserfariam, but unfortunately, I cannot find a picture with a view under the elytras of the full abdomen and the wings (I read that the simandoa have fully developed wings). I contacted shops and even a Natural History Museum, but in vain ! (the museum didn't have a specimen) So I was wondering if one of you guys had some informations on that subject ! Hope I'm posting this in the right forum :) Thank you !!
  9. 2 points
    I cannot believe how huge these are! This guy is bigger than my Eublaberus “pantanal” and my Blaberus fusca.
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    Yep, I've observed this occurance in Parcoblatta pennsylvanica and I bet the same could be true for some other winged roaches as well. Hmm, just slightly on the cooler side then. Exactly how dark is your adult? I kept mine a bit colder than that (at the time the warmest things got were around 70 F I believe) and my adults were nearly solid black so I assume yours might be a bit lighter in color? Now that I'm keeping mine on the warmer side, I'm not seeing any black or even mostly black adults.
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    Thanks so much!! I'm really struggling with it lol
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    Any Pokemon fans here? Sun and Moon finally gave us a roach pokemon with Pheromosa and it instantly became one of my favorite Pokemon. I love how not only is it powerful, but is also portrayed as beautiful and clean! It reminds me of a Blaberus sp. in particular, especially the coloring on the shiny version. I want to cosplay a humanized/gijinka Pheromosa and do a photoshoot with some of my caves.
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    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!
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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.
  15. 2 points
    awww poor roachies, they just want their chicken like the rest of us. teehehehe
  16. 2 points
    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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    So far it looks like Corydidarum magnifica is mostly active during the day, and much less at night (diurnality). They often wander over objects, making them quite visible. I wonder if their shiny colors and looks are a kind of mimicry for some kind of foul tasting beetle in their natural habitat?
  19. 1 point
    Hyporhicnoda reflexa (Venezuela) female (wingless) and male:
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    ....And this is a partial tour of what's behind the scenes https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2018/05/i-nearly-shake-with-glee.html?m=0
  21. 1 point
    So my roaches are spoiled and they have these little feeding stations that I made. I realized that they're actually helpful! So I hot glued bottle caps (Gatorade ones because those are big) to tile samples from Home Depot. I put water gel in one cap and the dry food mixture in the other. It reduces mess, has easy access for the roaches, looks super cute, but most importantly NO MORE MOLD! I put their fresh fruits/veggies on the tile because it's easy to cleanand then the mold frm the fruit doesn't go on the eco earth but with the caps glued down the dry food no longer gets into the water gel so there's no mold from that! It also looks really cute.
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    After my cockroach eats a large amount of food, he’s not his hyper, spunky self. He’s just... there. Is he just digesting or something? My female never does this after she eats. Lately, I’ve been calling him “Marcus the python” because he just sorta lounges about after he eats. Anybody here whose roaches do this?
  23. 1 point
    I had a tarantula named General Bald Ass, so those names work. Bitchface was a name given to my pokie after he bit me, Karma got him though, when his mate ate him.
  24. 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.
  25. 1 point
    Cleaning is more necessary in some species or circumstances than others, if you aren't keeping them on a substrate and have no cleaner crews, and they are not a species that eats their own dead, then you are gonna want to clean out any dead bodies that build up like once a month. Now if you use a clean up crew, like springtails, isopods, or certain beetles, then they will usually do the work for you, but cleanup crew compatibility varies depending on what roaches you use them on, and what habitat you are planning on putting them in. Isopods and springtails for example only do well in enclosures that have a substrate and are kept moist, and large springtail species like Sinella curviseta can stress out and outcompete smaller roach species, like small Ectobiids for example. For dubias and red runners I'd use lesser mealworm beetles, Alphitobius diaperinus, as a clean up crew, they do well in drier enclosures and do a decent job of eating dead roaches. Before you ask BTW, no, regular mealworms, Tenebrio molitor, will not work at all, only A.diaperinus. You do need to keep an eye out though, you should keep the numbers of the beetles from getting to high, when it looks like there are a ton of beetles in the enclosure, place some small, smooth sided deli cups in the enclosure, the beetles will fall in and be unable to climb out, you can then cull them out.