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  1. not necessarily just roach related but does anyone know anywhere to get cheap cork bark/log/wood hides? i keep meaning to get more but i cant justify spending ten bucks on amazon plus shipping for a stick. i would just go dig around locally and find something to boil or whatever but i dont trust anything i could get around here. im really just trying to find hides and logs or maybe big sticks for my roaches to play in as well as the new lizard friend who will be staying with me for awhile as a favor to a human friend. ive looked on a lot of pet websites but theyre either steep in price or just those logs that youd see at like...petco or something. im still slowing changing my set ups to be more naturalistic even though i am definitely not able to keep up with a bioactive tank. thanks!

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  2. hello! havent been as active on here due to my chronic illness taking a short turn for the worst. in a week or two will be the one year anniversary of getting my first hissers and im going to do a general update on all my roaches later on.

    anyways, the point of this post was to ask this question: what is the part called that goes over their heads? that part of the exoskeleton that sort of sits over their heads like the bill of a baseball cap. on hissers its the part where their  lil 'horns' are. i refer to it lovingly as the helmet but i was wondering if there was an actual term for it. please feel free to ask me to clarify if my explanation doesn't make sense LOL

  3. I just saw some pictures of the very stunning Aptera fusca. (Cape Mountain cockroach) and I was wondering if anyone on here has ever kept them before? Sadly right now I cant expand my collection even if I wanted to (I do, I really do) but I was just wondering if there was any more info on them? Ive already done your basic Google searches.

  4. so i have fibromyalgia. my current girlfriend is very into paganism and things like that, she wants to burn sage in my house to make herself feel more connected to me. i dont really understand but thats a different topic. anyway, i have cats and dogs which im not too worried about but since im bedridden most days she wants to do it in the master bedroom too. my hissers and dubias are in my room and i was just wondering if it would kill them. 

  5. Ive suspected that three of my dubia females were pregnant but I wasn't too sure....

    One day I found an aborted ootheca being eaten by the dubes. (Dubia + Dude.....lol) Last week (around a week after the first one) I found another ootheca being eaten. This morning at 2am my biggest female was acting weird and opening her vent super wide.  At 8am I found the proud mama eating on the banana I put in just in case she did have babies with like twenty little white tic tacs running all over her. Theyre adorable!

    Does anyone have advice on how to get them out?

    The dubias I currently have were given to me as pets and I would like to keep it that way but I want to start a breeder colony just for fun. I want to separate the nymphs into a separate container but I dont want to hurt them? Last time I checked most of them were still white and I dont want to squish them. I also dont want them running up and off of my arms/hands. Does anyone have any tips?



  6. On 2/16/2017 at 10:40 PM, pannaking22 said:

    Word of warning, resin is a pain to work with until you get a good amount of experience. It's fun to mess with and if you get it right, you'll have a really nice display piece. Problems you may run into though, are:

    Heat may cause discoloration (probably less of an issue with darker species). The resin shown in the link produces a fair amount of heat.

    Bubbles. Oh my god, the freaking bubbles. The only reason the best pieces I have look great is because my lab went through a full experimental regimen with resin (for embedding amber with insects in it) and found that after mixing (before adding the specimen), putting the resin in a vacuum chamber dramatically reduces the amount of bubbles. A second vacuum chamber session is necessary after adding the specimen to remove the air that gets trapped underneath it. Even with this, it still takes quite a bit of fine work with a pin to remove the remaining bubbles and there's still no guarantee you'll get them all.

    Rotting specimen(?). The only large inverts I've embedded have been tarantulas, and I removed the guts and stuffed them with cotton beforehand to make sure nothing rotted. I want to experiment with a lubber grasshopper at some point to see if meaty inverts will rot after embedding or if the heat and chemicals from the resin kill everything. Personally, I'd recommend removing the innards and stuffing it with cotton just to be safe. 

    Resin can get expensive fast. Even the cheaper stuff they sell at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. It's not super high grade stuff like what we embed amber in (you want to talk about expensive...), but for just a hobby, it works really well. 

    There are some resins that cure using UV light instead. I haven't really messed with those much, but the limited experimenting I did showed they could work well. 

    I'd listen to the directions on the can rather than what they're saying in that link...there are a few things that don't quite sound right in their instructions. 


    Honestly, I'd recommend just pinning your roach after it dies or maybe spreading it into a position you like and letting it dry before putting it in a Riker mount or shadow box for display. I certainly don't want to dissuade someone from trying out resin, but those are just some observations I've had having worked with it on and off over the past year and a half. 

    jeez, taxidermy on a roach...how does one go about that? 

  7. 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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  8. 1 hour ago, Vandal09 said:

    Mainstays 1 Gal. Food Storage Canister, WhiteWhen I buy nymphs that can climb, I use these containers since they have a screw on lid. These will be used until the roaches outgrow the space. Then I will transfer them into a Ziploc Weathertight bin. Always use a 2 inch line of vasoline or silicone grease to keep the climbers off the top. 

    genius idea! lol

  9. Anyone have tips on making roach bin cleaning easier? It is annoying to take them out and then put them back in. I have my dubias in a bin with no substrate because I think two are mommas to be. Right now these are pets but once there are a few babies I'm going to start my first colony. Worried about mold. With my hissers (who are on ecoearth) I put their fruit on tile samples I got at Home Depot and it's no longer an issue. 


    Thanks :)

  10. I just wanted to give a quick thank you to those in the roach hobby! I don't feel so alone in my interests and if I didn't know where to get such good advice then I wouldn't have ever gotten my roaches! Now I have 11!

    (Gromphadorhina portentosa males:





    (Blaptica dubia subadults:

    •Mercury [suspect female]

    •Venus [suspect female]

    •Mars [suspect female]

    •Jupiter [suspect male]

    •Saturn [suspect male]

    •Neptune [suspect male])

    { I know some of those names are after male gods for the suspect females but I like for the names to match :P}

    {p2: I didnt want to name a roach Uranus even though its not pronouned as Your-Anus but actually Yerr-En-Us but still}

    (Blaptica dubia nymph:


    {I know Pluto isnt a real planet but this little guy is so tiny and adorable!!!}

    I am pretty confident in my research and care taking methods but it's nice to know I can call in some back up if needed! Im not sure if this is the right part of the forum to say this in but still! Thanks a lot!! :wub:

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  11. my mother, trying to be polite, bought me six small dubia roaches and a dubia nymph at some fair she went to. the guy said they were all females. i sepwrated the nymph because its really teeny tiny and i dont want a male to sneak his way into my new girls BUT theres three that look different. 


    three that i am 100% sure are definitely girls but there are three that are almost pitch black with their little 'shoulder pads' more visible. i think theyre young males who didnt grow wings yet. like i said they are really small.

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  12. Hello! Ive had my four male gromphadorhina portentosa roaches for several months and I feel pretty confident in their care. Since I feel a lot more relaxed about my first roach children I was looking into getting another species for my birthday in the summer. Right now I have my eye on either Gyna centurio, Archimandrita tesselata, or Elliptorhina javanica. I want two of whatever I decide (not necessarily a breeding pair but just two to have housed seperately). Does anyone have any idea on which I should get? I figured Id pick what kind first and then find somewhere with a reasonable price (suggestions for those are welcome too LOL) 

    Id also like to thank the community for being here :) I know Im not very active but it's nice to know theres people willing to help if I would ever need any.

    (P.S. Gyna centurio can fly right? Yeah....is there any way to deal with that? Im not scared at all or anything like that but I woulsnt want to hurt the roach(es))

  13. URGENT!!!!

    My building is going to be treated for bed bugs (luckily I dont have any) I need to move my four adult male hissers for a very short period of time. I was warned ahead of time because everyone here is a big fan of my hissers. I have three days to get them out. I also have to tend to my other pets and make arrangements. I was wondering if I can just put them in blueberry containers for the short time that I'm moving them until I set their housing up again in our temporary spot. I washed them out really well with very hot water but I was wondering if there would be any pesticides on the plastic boxes? I dont know if the fruit itself had pesticides on it anyway. Theyll be in there for two hours at the absolute latest. Thank you for the help.

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