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  1. ...What would they say? Hello everyone! I got the idea to start this from a National Geographic Kids magazine, and on Arachnoboards there is already Fangbook for arachnids. So I thought, the roaches have got to have a social media platform too! We can all pretend to be a few roaches (or other insects) chatting on Insectgram. Example: MistaHissa said: Gettin' ready to molt out to adulthood, I'll let ya know when I finish, here I come world! How's it over there @HalliHallowHisser? #molt_to_adult And eventually I'll add a few more creatures. The rest of you can also add roaches and other Insects, and speak what you think they might say. Here are a few rules: Please, let us not have 50 people all doing the same kind of invertebrate, but do them as all different individuals of various species. Just two or three of the same kind for now. Please no profanity or adult talk, remember, your saying what you think the creature your representing would post on social media. Also, don't hijack someone else's critter, there are plenty to go around. Posting pictures is definitely recommended, such as a selfie (Of the critter your representing of course). Follow the temperament of your critters too, no super calm Pachlora sp. 😆. Thats all for now, hope you all like it. Thanks Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    We'e got a collecting trip together, more information in the Google Group. Thanks, Arthroverts
  3. Hello all, the new Invertebrate Club of Southern California (ICSC, this will be the name of the club unless otherwise noted) is forming now! All hobbyists who can attend are welcome! This club will seek to increase the understanding and knowledge of invertebrates of all kinds (roaches, tarantulas, true spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, ants, butterflies, insects of all other kinds, isopods, crabs and other crustaceans, slugs and snails, Echinoderms, Cnidarians, and pretty much all other kinds of invertebrates: Note, this list is not arranged according to how much preference will be placed on discussing the various invertebrate groups above) amongst invertebrate hobbyists as well as the general public. We will have monthly meetings on such subjects as: (1) The care of certain species propagated in the hobby, (2) Creating and maintaining habitats, plants, and materials for our creatures, (3) Discussions on new species entering the hobby, (4) Discussions on certain aspects of the hobby, (5) Promoting understanding of the various regulations regarding importing and propagating certain species, (6) Reviewing invertebrate vendors, And hopefully, we will be able to host guest speakers to talk on various issues and aspects of this amazing hobby. We would also like to be able to display our own creatures at these meetings, and provide a space to trade and sell our livestock amongst each other. Some benefits of this club, hopefully, would be: 1. An area where we can get information and help from each other for the creatures within our care. 2. A fun time to collaborate and talk with each other about the invertebrate hobby. 3. Club trips to collecting sites. 4. Importing our own creatures from abroad. 5. Hosting a table at reptile/invertebrate shows and expos where members can sell their livestock. 6. Regular raffles for equipment and animals. 7. Outreaches to the community to educate the public on this incredible area of creation, invertebrates. 8. Make visits to each others homes to view their collections (with consent of the owner of course). Hopefully this list will get larger in time. Requirements to join the club would be: 1. One must have an interest in invertebrates (obviously), whether just observing them in the wild or keeping them in captivity. 2. One must treat others in the club with respect and honor, even if you disagree with them on certain styles of care, collecting, or handling, and since this is an invertebrate club, religion, politics and other such subjects will not be discussed at all during club functions. 3. You must be in good standing with the invertebrate community, scammers or people who are found to cheat others will be stripped of their membership. Also, people who fight invertebrates against each other, dramatize invertebrates in a way that promotes fear and misunderstanding, or regularly mishandle their animals in a way that is dangerous to themselves or others, will not be allowed to join. Honesty and integrity are expected here. 4. A willingness to participate in club activities and to advance the invertebrate hobby with respect and kindness. (a note on communication: it would be helpful, if not necessary, to have an Arachnoboards and/or a Roach Forums account and an email address that we can reach you by). This club will be law-abiding in every way possible. We will not illegally import nor take endangered species from the wild without the proper permits. A yearly entry fee will be discussed at the first meeting, and, if it is decided to be used, it would be reasonable ($20-$30 a year), and the money would be used to purchase raffle prizes, import animals, and rent tables at reptile shows. All members will hold each other accountable when it comes to money and other such things. Our suggested first meeting time is February the 23rd, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, at IHOP, 7228 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701. This would be a sort of planning and get-to-know-each-other meeting, figuring out where we want to go as a club, discuss entry fee (if necessary), and invite local reptile and invertebrate shops to support us. Also, you are encouraged to bring along your livestock to trade, sell, or display (not too many creatures, unless you are making a large trade arranged beforehand, and no highly venomous species please)! Any suggestions, comments, or constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Arthroverts
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    If Roaches Used Social Media...

    SirUblaberus said: By golly, when are they going to patch that human in the software?!? Here they are commenting on our discussions, like they even know what were talking about!? Even Fangbook, home of the horrible arachnid conversations, has been able to boot off their hackers, and fix the bugs...I mean humans, in their software! *beep boop beep* ....Hello, is this Roach Security? #roachworldproblems
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    Feeding question

    I guess it really depends on the species. Some require veggies and fruits, and others, like Therea, can survive and thrive on chicken feed only. Hope this helps, Arthroverts
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    Arboreal Roaches?

    Hello all, I am looking for an active, easy-to-keep (and breed), terrestrial if not arboreal roach species to keep in a new multi species vivarium I am setting up. Any suggestions? I'd love to keep Eublaberus sp. or Panchlora sp. in the enclosure, but they burrow so much I think they might destroy the plant's roots. Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Arboreal Roaches?

    @Betta132, the only problem with the Banana roaches is that they burrow, at least the nymphs do, and thus would uproot my plants. @Shinylarvitar97, I am strongly considering Deropeltis based on what you said. They have strong chemical defenses from what I hear, so I don't think the assassins would prey too much on them. The gap alongside the door is about 1/16" (I will measure and get a conclusive answer), so are Little Kenyans/Bananas/Hissers that small as nymphs? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Arboreal Roaches?

    @Shinylarvitar97 I figured with the assassins, which is why I want something that reproduces quickly, like the Little Kenyans or Eublaberus. The cage has very tiny ventilation holes (about the size of a metal pin head, not the plastic pin heads) on the front, but they are mostly obscured by the moss. It also has the standard Zoo Med screen ventilation for the top lid. The problem with Therea, besides what you already said, is that they are so active they would become instant targets for the assassins. Coupled with their short longevity/slow breeding process, I can see them dying out pretty quick. I want something that you can see pretty regularly but also reproduces at such a rate that if 5-6 become meals every two weeks the colony wouldn't die out. Maybe a Deropeltis sp.? Or a Gyna sp.? Do they burrow much? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Arboreal Roaches?

    Here is what I am thinking of doing for this tank (a 12" by 12" by 18" tall Zoo Med front opening glass cage). Currently has a Pachira, Lemon Plant, and a Spider Plant growing in 3-4 inches of Reptisoil, with a drainage layer of clay balls; a large piece of cork is angled at the back against the glass. A thick layer of sphagnum moss covers the substrate with some rotting oak and Pachira leaves topping it off. I want to do 4-6 Pystalla horrida and get a small colony established, along with some Blaberidae sp. "Little Kenyans", along with the arboreal roach species (maybe a hisser species?) and some sort of isopod species. Maybe even a beetle than can take a high moisture level. Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Porcellio expansus

    So, do they need a corner of the enclosure moist and the rest dry or do they like the entire enclosure moist with good ventilation? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    5 new roach species in the US hobby!

    @Redmont, any updates? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    If Roaches Used Social Media...

    Panch-Laura said: Hey! @RunsRed, is that why Bob and Bill and Joey and Pam and Rosy and Martha disappeared?!? #downwithlateralis!
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    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    That is awesome! I hope you can successfully raise and eventually breed this species! Thanks for sharing in your tired state! Arthroverts
  14. Hey all, I recently acquired (EDIT: 6) Blaberus giganteus, and I need some care advice. Can I keep them like Eublaberus sp., or do they have some special requirements? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Blaberus giganteus care?

    Thanks! Just to get this straight: A moderately deep substrate with rotting wood and leaves for the nymphs to burrow in with large pieces of angled bark for the nymphs to molt to adulthood; they will eat most vegetable and fruit matter, with some dog/cat/fish food thrown in for protein, correct? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Blaberus giganteus care?

    Thanks for the help @The Mantis Menagerie and @Shinylarvitar97! Does the bark have to be at an angle for when the nymphs molt to maturity, or can they molt successfully on a flat piece of cork? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Blaberus giganteus care?

    Did you give them bark or anything to molt from? More specifically, can you keep them with Eublaberus sp. "Ivory"? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    The meeting is over, and wow! Joe Rossi provided us with some awesome information and showed us some beautiful Ts, Chanda hosted and gave us a tour of her invertebrate room, and we got to meet 3 new members! All around an awesome meeting, thanks again to Chanda and Joe Rossi for helping to make it happen! I traded for a 5i Phidippus adumbratus with Sloth (one of the new members from Arachnoboards), and picked up some Blaberus giganteus from Chanda. Thank you both! We also discussed the new logo, which I will be sharing soon, and we handed out some calendars, which I will also share. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this meeting happen! Thanks, Arthroverts
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    If Roaches Used Social Media...

    SirUblaberus said: Well, if that works for you, go ahead, I guess. Just don't blame me if your the first one they pick to be traded... #roachworldproblems RunsRed said: I'm so quick, the keeper stopped coming to my cage to try and feed me to his horrible spiders, and he now goes to the Panchlora bin because he'd rather deal with them flying and burrowing then trying to catch me and my pals, and I'm so quick, the males can't catch me, and I'm so quick, I get the first spot at the food, and I'm so quick, I can get away from the rain quicker than anybody else, and I'm so quick...
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    If Roaches Used Social Media...

    SIrUblaberus said: @Arthur Aeluropoda, you guys go for the top spot in the tank? For us Eublaberus we go for the bottom, as far away from the cruel sun that comes on, off, on, off whenever a human comes in as possible. #lowlife
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    The meeting is upon us! Joe Rossi will be going over breeding tarantulas, making a cheap incubator, etc etc., and we will have an open Q and A afterwards. More information in the Google Group. Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Red Runner Feeders

    You might want to post this in the classifieds, you'll get more views there. Arthroverts
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    Carnivorous mole cricket!

    That is too cool! I'd love to keep some mole crickets one day. Thanks for sharing! Arthroverts
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    If Roaches Used Social Media...

    SirUblaberus said: Good day fellow roaches! First post on the brand new Insectgram! #firstpost #Eublaberusforever MasterTherea said: Whattup everyone? Just got some nice roach jelly, boy is it good, at least when I can get to it! #yummyjelly
  25. Hey all, I had bought some 12+ Therea petiveriana a while back (about a year or two ago). I raised two to maturity (unfortunately they didn't breed), but then the group just sort of died out it seemed. I was recently using the old substrate in their cage for some isopod enclosures, and I noticed something moving! I sifted through the substrate and found seven juveniles! All of them had been surviving in a low moisture, low food environment for at least six months, because I thought they had all died. I am still shocked. I guess roaches, even more sensitive ones like Therea petiveriana, still possess that incredible hardiness that has come to define the amazing insects known as "cockroaches". Anyway, just wanted to share that with all of you, and ask the question: When have your roaches defied the odds and survived? Thanks, Arthroverts