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  1. WarrenB

    Perisphaerus pygmaeus

    Orange tictacs! Congrats, though. Looks like a great species. They're like roaches in the form of pill millipedes.
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    Deropeltis sp. "Jinka"

    Amazing how a piece of music can set the tone. I almost felt like I was watching a Ghibli film there! (Strange but wonderful creatures... maybe a bit less touchy than in NausicaƤ...)
  3. When I visited that page I got a popup - 'now shipping to the United Kingdom'. It's like a sign... Edit: 'Only in stores'. Aw... Merely adequate? Cheddar cheese that's both fluffy and crunchy?
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    Agar blocks with banana aroma as water source

    Good point about the pH. I guess I'll switch my ideas to something other than orange. I tried it with plain water first. The agar I have is long, uneven strands rather than powder, and the only measurement instruction is to throw the whole lot (40g) into 2240ml(?!) of water. So I played it by ear and threw a few fragments into a small amount of boiling water. Dificult to dissolve, and small pieces were still noticeable by the time I decided I was done. It might be because I used already-boiling water rather than bringing it to boil from cold. Anyway, the water seemed suitably cloudy, so when it cooled a little I added water conditioner (although I'm beginning to wonder if that's a good idea anymore), poured it into a spare ice-cube tray, and put it into the fridge. A few hours later, it looked fine - solid but wobbly. But when I stuck a finger in one cell, it was more like 'watery slop' than 'neat cube'. The roaches won't mind, I expect (I only have a few at the moment, so no big swarm rushing the capful of slop...) but I obviously used too little agar, or messed it up in some other way! Next time I'll properly measure the correct proportion, and perhaps grind it up too.
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    Female Ectobius sylvestris

    Nice markings and wings. I'm sure that few others in this part of the world would agree, but I'm a little disappointed that we don't have any native cockroaches like this in Ireland. Heck, we barely have any of the pest species, except in the bigger population centres, apparently...
  6. Fantastic! One of my favourite roaches, and you look like you've got good 'uns there. Nice catch on the fresh moult. It's spectacular.
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    Panchlora sp. "Speckled"

    Ah! Then I'll have to see if I have the funds and facilities. (I have to admit, the unknowns of importation unsettle me a little.) BugNation... yeah. One of the first ports of call when I got back into this occupation. There were a couple of unpleasant surprises waiting for me, and finding that forum a ghost town was one of them. From what I gather, has activity moved onto facebook?
  8. WarrenB

    Polyphaga saussurei

    Nice one! Quite a wait!
  9. WarrenB

    My Roach Enclosure!!!!

    Ah, okay. There are a couple of options you could try, singly or together. Firstly, edit the photos to reduce the file size. In my experience even phone cameras today take unnecessarily huge photos, which nobody seems to notice as they swipe them onto their instabooks and facegrams, dagnabbit. If you can upload the photos onto a PC or laptop, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a great, free program, kinda like photoshop lite. I've used it for years for tweaking photos. For your purposes, you can reduce the file size by using the crop, resize image, and 'export as --> jpg' functions. Otherwise, I quite like the Photo Editor app for my android devices. Same thing: crop, resize, sharpen if necessary, save as jpg. (Most photos should already be jpg format, but anyway) For Apple devices, I have no idea. I imagine they have versions of GIMP and Photo Editor too. Secondly, image hosting. I can empathise if you're not on facebook - I've avoided it so far, though resistance is crumbling. There are other sites to host photos - photobucket, imageshack, imgur, flickr, etc. I've only had experience with imageshack and flickr, and I use the latter at the mo. It's a bit hiccupy, trying to grab photo links with third-party android browsers, but otherwise works well for me. If you happen to have a yahoo account, you'll have a flickr account. I'd assume most hosts will give you a bbcode link to your uploaded photos; one with the image tags - {img} {/img} but with square brackets - already wrapped around it. Otherwise, copy and paste the address of the photo (should end with the file format, like .jpg or .png) and type in the tags yourself, or use the handy 'insert other media' button in the bottom right of Allpet Roach's message reply window. And that should do it.
  10. WarrenB

    Agar blocks with banana aroma as water source

    Yeah... I'll have to... replace mine... I have a big packet of agar in my cupboard that I bought who knows how long ago for who knows what purpose. Could do worse with it than feed it to my roaches. They might have to do without the isoamyl acetate, though! What about agar cubes with real fruit - chunks or liquidised - as a crude homemade version of those commercial beetle jellies? Would they mould too quickly to be a regular water source?
  11. Here's hoping they end up with momma's colours!
  12. WarrenB

    My Roach Enclosure!!!!

    Nah, sorry, that leads me to the same page. What's the problem with posting photos here? Finding an image host? File size too big?
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    Panchlora sp. "Speckled"

    Ah, I meant the speckled roaches. Sorry! I saw the P in P. saussurei, put two and two together, and came up with five. It's hot here today. My brain's cooked...
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    Panchlora sp. "Speckled"

    Flippin' Atlantic. These look great in the photos - I wouldn't mind seeing some in the flesh to get the full impression! Wonder if they'll make it to the UK somewhere down the road.
  15. Aye, I've been following your topics here and on AB (I'm using my old account under the name of 'Vermis' over there) including your roaches sliding down the cheeseball jar. It's only just clicked that they 'should' be scooting to the top. Aha! The first spanner in the works. I wonder if the cheese left an oily residue on the plastic - though I'm not implying you didn't wash the jar well enough. Anyways, thanks for the info. I'll stop hijacking the thread and go experiment with a water bottle and a few lobsters or something.