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  1. So I've started keeping honey bees recently and the other day I had my first odd bug out roaming in the unbuilt outer frames of my lower brood box. It was a nice large female Parcoblatta pennsylvanica. My wife was with me at the time and knocked it into the grass and let it scurry off. I found it kinda interesting that they could potentially live inside a honey bee colony. After speaking to several other bee keepers it seems this is a rather common occurrence and most just view them as bothersome but harmless. I was pretty pleased to hear non-roach people being pretty okay with roaches!
  2. It's an addicting hobby, I've got far too many to name and I like it that way lol. Once yours start breeding you'll see what we mean! Tens of thousands are hard to keep track of. XD
  3. Yeah but they are out of stock literally everywhere, lol.
  4. Awesome! These are on my "want some day but can't stomach the price right now" list. Lol Get them breeding and sell me some. XD
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    Wiggling abdomen after molt

    He could have been expanding his new, soft exoskeleton by pulsing his abdomen like that. Kinda pressurizing the hemolymph in his body to stretch it out like a rubbery bug balloon. Lol
  6. I'm not sure if it would hurt the roaches at all but I don't know what they are going to be fed off to. That would be my only concern is giving some reptile copper poisoning (which would be relatively difficult to do mind you). Otherwise, if they eat it, and start producing normal nymphs at a normal or improved pace, keep using it. I currently feed ZuPreem FruitBlend bird food, cheap cat food, bee pollen at times, fish flakes at times and occasionally butternut squash and oranges. But honestly mine did fine on cheap dogfood and oranges in the past.
  7. I have the physical version and the free pdf lol. It's a fantastic book, I'll have to look through it and see what it says about them and their close relatives.
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    Termite Problem

    I was a exterminator for about 5 years. It depends on the type of termites (subterranean or dry wood) and the treatment method (trenching/rodding or tenting). With that info I can help you get an idea of what to expect.
  9. Holy moly! Congratulations! This is certainly an exciting turn of events in the hobby. Does anyone have experience with their growth cycle? As in from hatching to adulthood taking 1 or 2 years? I'd imagine they grow at a similar rate to Archimandrita or a similarly sized roach. I'm very interested in seeing updates on these as your adventure in their husbandry continues!
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    Red runners eating ootheca?

    Throw some hydrated sphagnum moss in there and you'll be set.
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    Odd Therea petiveriana

    I have about 15 medium nymphs so I'll give it a shot. Lol. What do you do for hydration?
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    Odd Therea petiveriana

    I need to know of this method. Lol
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    Odd Therea petiveriana

    If you have multiples like this separate them and start a breeding project, I've never seen color variance in them before so that's pretty neat.
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    Very cool, I'm glad the library was willing to pick up the title.
  15. Let's see some Periplaneta! I love roachy roaches. Post your pics along with these! Periplaneta fuligonosa, the only ones that don't have adults yet. Periplaneta americana (White eye morph) Periplaneta americana (regular morph CB) Periplaneta americana (regular morph WC) Periplaneta brunnea Periplaneta australasiae Apparently I have a mite issue. Bleh.
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    Periplaneta crazy

    Yeah I recall talking to him about it. I don't think anyone has them at this time. Hopefully some more can be collected again but I'm not holding my breath just yet.
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    Periplaneta crazy

    They don't take much room, they love crowding lol. At anyrate they really are a fun species.
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    Dorylaea orini

    How often do you water (or heavily mist) their enclosure?
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    Periplaneta crazy

    You act like this all can't be arranged! Lol. XD
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    Dorylaea orini

    Nice, I'm excited to see how they do and also I'm glad to let you work out the husbandry kinks for the rest of us. Lol! (I'm totally not a lazy keeper, shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhush!)
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    Dorylaea orini

    These are on my want list because of how similar they are to Periplaneta in appearance lol. They are such a pretty roach. How many nymphs do you have at this stage?
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    Periplaneta crazy

    We can revive it and I can delete this. Doesn't matter, just love this genus lol. Also editing in the titles made some images poof and I don't know why. Weird.