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  1. Auz

    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
  2. 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!
  3. Auz

    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
  4. Auz

    Hormetica strumosa

    hahah yeah! maybe one day FTLOC can get a second edition
  5. Auz

    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
  6. Auz

    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
  7. Auz

    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?
  8. 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?
  9. Wow, they are very pretty! yeah, that makes sense. I can relate to getting a little lazy once everything's going well
  10. 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
  11. Auz

    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?
  12. 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.
  13. Auz

    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
  14. Auz

    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.
  15. and here is what I'm currently seeing in the container:
  16. 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
  17. Hey everyone! I have two baby Simandoas and I just got them some magnolia leaves for their enclosure. Does anyone have any recommendations on if there are better leaves to use for them? They're still nymphs. one shed once but that's it. Any general advice on what to feed growing Simandoas?
  18. Auz

    Howdy there!

    Hi all! I realized that I haven't introduced myself yet. I've been into the roach hobby for a little over a month so far. I really love learning about them! Right now I have two adult hissers and two Simandoa Conserfariams nymphs. The adults I bought as is, because I didn't have that much patience to wait for a nymph to grow up lol. I thought hissers would be a good start. I got the Simandoas online after I realized how cool they were! They're my favorite roach as of right now. One of them already shed once, I'm pretty happy about that! I'd like to get a few more of each eventually. I have them both in spacious containers, it's hard to see much activity with only two roaches in each container, and they never eat all the food I give them (does this sound like a good selling pitch for my girlfriend? lol) I'm excited to meet you all and make some friends! Also feel free to give me any advice, whether it be in general or for the Simandoas. I'm kinda interested in breeding Simandoas eventually. They seem to grow pretty slowly but they seem like a very rewarding species to raise. Anyway, I look forward to talking to everyone here!