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About Ralph

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    Hissing Cockroach
  • Birthday 02/28/1995

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    Iowa State University
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    Loving Jesus, drawing and sculpting, staring at my roaches and playing with my crabs. I'm an Animal Ecology major and working in outreach and illustration with ISU's Entomology department.

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  1. Ralph

    Cyclocosmia truncata

    They're stunners! I also had no idea they lived in AL. How's the sac?
  2. Ralph

    Lateralis escape

    I don't even want to think about what I would need do in this situation. Are they a "wild" species in your area?
  3. Ralph

    Wide Horn Hissers?

    This female is now five days after her final molt. She came from the Insect Zoo's colony of around a thousand hissers, some of which have one Giant Morph male in their lineage. I've isolated her with a subadult male and subadult female who show similar coloration.
  4. Ralph

    Hisser loose droppings

    That'll be much better. If you really want to see them go crazy, just put in a fruit they haven't had in a while. Sometimes, though, I see individual roaches with stringy or extra-moist frass. Chronic issues with it are usually indicative of a husbandry problem, I've seen it when the habitat is kept too wet before. Isolated cases of it just seem to happen, though, and do not seem to pose a threat to their health. I bet it's uncomfortable, though!
  5. Ralph

    Hissers Know Keeper

    Mr. Crackerpants, that's an interesting read! A bit of corroboration for something I've been telling people I think is true.
  6. Ralph

    megaloblatta blaberoides

    Ha, how did I miss that Smaller Majority article? Thanks for sharing, Keith!
  7. Ralph

    List of Species in Hobby

    At the Insect Zoo we have: Lucihormetica subcincta Lucihormetica verrucosa Archimandrita tesselata Rhyparobia maderae Gyna lurida Therea petiveriana Therea olegrandjeani Byrsotria fumigata Periplaneta americana as-yet-unidentified Periplaneta Nauphoeta cinerea Pycnoscelus surinamensis Panchlora nivea Blaberus giganteus Blaberus craniifer Blaberus discoidalis Blaberus fusca Blaptica dubia Eublaberus posticus Princisia vanwaerebecki Gromphadorhina portentosa and have had Elliptorhina laevigata and E. javanica. I have to say I'm floored at the growth our hobby has seen over the last few years, in members and in species.
  8. Ralph

    Zelus sp. "So. TX"

    Love seeing all the off-the-wall stuff you end up raising! And yeah, Z. longipes are pretty, but these are insane. The fourth instar is like blown glass.
  9. Happy birthday!!!!!!! :-)

  10. Ralph

    P.aegyptiaca nymphs not burrowing?

    That's really interesting that they didn't burrow on that substrate. I would've thought they'd try and make do with it. Picky little guys. Might be worth putting them on a variety of subs to see what they'll burrow in and what they won't? Potting soil, plain coco fiber, sand mixed with something else, fine gravel... Just for knowledge's sake.
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    Ischnoptera bilunata

    Always fun to see what new tiny species you're working on! These sure look fast, and have really impressive leg spines... Do you know the purpose of the curved ooth?
  12. Ralph

    Jerusalem cricket lifespan?

    Many premature captive deaths are the result of horsehair worms. The Insect Zoo has yet to get a JC which hasn't had a worm... there's no way to tell until a day or two before the stupid thing emerges. Good story, Cariblatta! I'm sure he enjoyed living with so much potential food!
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    Ceuthophilus gracilipes apalachicolae

    Saw these on Kyle's site, very probably going to have to grab some sometime. I mean, I've had Ceuthophilus before and they were fun... but at around twice the size they should be much better! How many do you have?
  14. Ralph

    Yellow Dubia Breeding Program

    This is seriously interesting; and well-documented too! Just wanted to say that they look great (as if a roach could ever look bad)!
  15. Ralph

    "The Weird Kid In School"

    I recently got interviewed by one of the college magazines for their article on students' pets after one of my friends had informed a reporter that I, well, had really strange pets. they came over and photographed my crabs, roaches, scorpions, and shrimp, and ended up emailing even more questions after the head writer wanted more information. The whole thing had a really wonderful attitude about it... And they treated them just like anyone else's cat or fish or snake. That's the exception, I think. At the reptile club I go to, a few people still think it unbelievable that someone could want to keep roaches. I just laugh. They'll come around eventually! Oh my, and showing the animals on a first date... I do joke that they're the reason I'm single! I can see it now: my Christmas "family update" cards are just going to be all about who molted and what new babies have hatched...