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    Darkling Beetle Photo Thread

  2. hey everyone! a couple of my L verrucosa matured to adulthood One is a female i'm pretty sure (smooth 'head' no bumps) but the second has bumps but no coloration on the warty glowspots. is that common in males? or is it a female with a bumpy 'head' (sorry i'm horrible at remembering the proper name of their body lol) thanks! female: https://imgur.com/tcb9Tkg male (i think): https://imgur.com/qm88aCL
  3. Thank you both for taking the time to look! I'll get a ventral pic when I can, just to seal the deal. I figured it was extremely unlikely. Since I'm a novice hobbyist, I wanted to get some more opinions haha
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    Polyphaga saussurei

    Exciting! A favorite species of mine. I'd love to see males of this species too. Good luck!
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    Gyna capucina (Pink Roach)

  6. Hi, this morning i noticed one of my L. verrucosa trying to shed. Three hours later, it hasn't made any progress... I misted the container again in hopes of that helping, it is usually pretty humid in there though. Picture is attached below. Any advice is welcome 😕 image- https://imgur.com/j2Dyrbk
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    L. verrucosa stuck in shed

    update: I put him out of his suffering after trying to see if I could help. I know this is part of the hobby, but this is my first experience dealing with this. I was not looking forward to it. On the bright side, the rest of my small colony looks to be healthy.
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    L. verrucosa stuck in shed

    I was afraid of that.
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    Arizona Inverts

    I just watched this! Super cool stuff. I'd love to do that sometime, but only in a big group of people so I didn't look crazy
  10. Hey all! I've been raising these two Simandoa nymphs for a couple months now and I've noticed some weird behavior. They tend to hide up on the sides of the lid (don't worry, I only unlocked the lid in the picture to get a good picture of what it was doing) instead of in the substrate/leaves. I catch one of them doing this at least 2-3 times a week. I currently don't have bark in the container, but I've heard they do enjoy that. Is this just simply a preference or is this a behavior that is concerning? They've been doing this for a long while, before I added the leaves. I was hoping that the leaves would get their attention but it hasn't worked thaaat well yet. If they're not hiding up by the lid, they're hiding behind/under their food bowl. I took out their bowl for a couple days to see if they were venture into the leaves more and they both decided to hang up near the lid. So, I put their bowl back and I can currently see one hiding behind it while I'm typing. I know this could just be a preference for them but I am just paranoid that they don't enjoy their environment. Thanks for any advice!
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    Nymph ID

    Is is possible it's a Hemiblabera tenebricosa? They're native to Florida so that isn't terribly far away. Although my knowledge on them and what their nymphs look like is virtually nonexistent lol
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    Hormetica strumosa

    hahah yeah! maybe one day FTLOC can get a second edition
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    Hormetica strumosa

    You and me both! Their coloring and horns are just so unique. I hope more general info/pics of them come out. I'm bummed they're not in For The Love of Cockroaches 😢 haha
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    Hormetica strumosa

    Ah, okay. I couldn't find much info on them so I wasn't sure about how long they'd take to reach maturity, breed, etc. Looking forward to them being available again
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    Hormetica strumosa

    These are gorgeous! Just curious how they're doing in the hobby now that this thread is a year and a half old?
  16. I was looking through the For the Love of Cockroaches book and ran across Hemithyrsocera Histrio. Doing some searching on this forum, it seems like they were considered very rare in the hobby just a few years ago. The book suggested that eventually the roach would breed well enough that it wouldn't be all that rare. I wasn't sure where they stand in the hobby? Are they still one of the most rare roaches? How easily could I get my hands on some if I so choose?
  17. Wow, they are very pretty! yeah, that makes sense. I can relate to getting a little lazy once everything's going well
  18. ahh, so what Orin references in his books is Vittata? aka, Clown Roaches? Interesting. I was curious if things had changed much since the book's release. Are there more info on Histrio so that I can understand the differences? If there's a resource explaining which roaches are the most sought after/rare, that'd be a really interesting topic! I have learned about so many new and rare roaches these past few days, it really interests me. Also, yeah the points about forgetfulness killing a lot of cultures makes sense. I know I'm forgetful for the couple of small species I have. I'd hope that people who knowly have a rare species would take extra care with them, but I suppose we all have our days? lol
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    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    neat! I never heard of these, it's very interesting that they produce a waxy substance to keep them from dehydrating much like a blue death feigning beetle I assume?
  20. I have been thinking about getting a Vinegaroon for some time now but I have no experience with raising feeders. I could just buy some from a pet store every so often, but I thought this could be a good opportunity for me to get to raise some more interesting breeds of roaches while using some as food for a vinegaroon (i also have a crested gecko and some death feigning beetles that could probably eat some roaches as well). are there any interesting breeds of roaches that are suitable for being feeders? Something more unique than a standard dubia? also, are there any roaches that are really bad for feeders? Obviously something like a hisser aren't usually suitable because of their shell.
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    Most Interesting Feeders?

    thanks for the suggestions! I don't think I could do a flying species, they'd be too much to deal with in an apartment haha. but I didn't think about how invertebrates and reptiles eat insects differently, that's a good point. I may do hissers. I actually do have hissers and simandoas but only a pair of each because they were meant as pets lol. The Simandoas are still nymphs too, they have definitely taken their time to mature lol. Pest roaches would make sense too, but I'd definitely prefer no legitimate pest roach. But breeding fast is a plus. Vinegaroons only eat roughly once a week from what I read (of course it varies, some say twice a week, others say once every two weeks) so I don't think I'd need too many roaches at any given time. I may just try to create a simandoa colony if I can find some adults haha
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    Which species?

    I enjoy Simandoa Conserfariam primarily for their backstory, but also the adults are really pretty! I'd also suggest maybe glowspot roaches, they're on my list to get because they look really cool and are easy to handle.
  23. and here is what I'm currently seeing in the container:
  24. oh wow this is good to know. I thought I had read a while back that Simandoas give relatively smaller littlers. but 30+ is a lot! Now I'm nervous about breeding mine once they mature haha