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  1. Polyzosteria mitchelli Canopy Cockroach Genus Xestoblatta (From Costa Rica) Pill Roach (Perisphaerus) female Catara rugosicollis found in Gunung Gading National Park, Sarawak. Aptera fusca Euzosteria sordida Gyna lurida "Yellow" (Yellow Porcelain Roach)
  2. I am searching for alternatives to egg crates. -------- The alternatives must: 1 - Be impermeable 2 - Increase the surface area (like the egg crate advantage compared to the wood log) -------- There are 3 options: 1 - PVC tubes (scratched with iron sponge to make it climbable) 2 - Lego structures (for 38 euros you get 100 pieces) 3 - Bricks (...at least they have several holes)
  3. I want to make hybrids (because they will have more colors, more shapes, etc...). Can Princisia vanwaerebeki, G. Portentosa, Aeluropoda insignis hybridize between them ? Or is this a "hybrid nigthmare" ? Princisia vanwaerebeki
  4. Gambia Roach - Gyna sp. 'GAMBIA'
  5. Sundablatta sexpunctata
  6. female Catara rugosicollis Catara minor Mature male Catara rugosicollis
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    Hybrid Hissers

    These are avaiable from: http://www.schaben-spinnen.de/Content/shop.php?cat=11&start=45
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    Millipedes Gigas

    I recently bought 2 couples of millipedes Gigas and I would like to know if there is a nice forum about them. Can anyone say anything about them ? Food, enviromment, humidity, heat, reproduction...
  9. Hemithyrsocera histrio
  10. Princisia vanwaerebecki
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    Hybrid Hissers

    I am going to buy some Elliptorhina laevigata, when I will have a colony of them I will try to mate them with an Elliptorhina javanica. The project will start in January. This is a Elliptorhina laevigata:
  12. I would like to do hybrids (...ok I always had that mad scientist spirit...) so I was thinking if artificial insemination would be possible... I would have to extract the male roach sperm with a syringe and inject it on the female. (...I can´t belive I have written this...) Sorry for posting the most stupid post ever but I really like this concept for hybridization. Is this possible ? This is an article about artificial insemination on bees: http://eprints2008.l...2)_p135-150.pdf
  13. Since "artificial insemination" is hard to do in insects (technical tools, knowledge, etc...) I wonder if assisted forced mating could be possible. --------- Let me describe this crazy idea: The problem with artificial insemination is to get the semen...so is better to let the male insert in the female. The female would be attached, her genitalia would be exposed by means of tools (check the bee insemination picture) and the male would be free to do whatever he wanted. .....I know what it sounds...poor female roach... I think this could speed up selective breeding. ---------- Please see this site: http://www.glenn-apiaries.com/bee_photos_3.html ---------- Video about the procedure: --------- Site that sells products for insect insemination: http://www.besamungsgeraet.de/__en/ I wonder the price........
  14. Since I am searching for a plastic substitute for egg crates (that isn´t plastic egg crates) so I can wash it and re-use it I was thinking on making shelves made of LEGO. With LEGO you can do any type of shelve (or structure...a castle whatever...). There are even LEGO parts with side holes to facilitate a easy climb. Even if the plastic is too smooth there is a radical option of sanding off a little with a steel sponge. LEGO are less expensive than making a plastic shelve and I think you can order the exact parts you need by internet. (in the Pick-a-brick section at shop.lego.com)
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    Elliptorhina javanica

    It´s possible that temperature has an influence over humidity. Maybe it was that the case. They gave birth like 3 weeks after buying it. The seeler was ZOO CENTRE at ebay.co.uk. He is an english seller so you can asking him in english. It´s possible that the mother roach was almost giving birth and when I putted in my vivarium it gave birth because it was time for it. So maybe the best conditions were from the buyer and not mine...it´s just a teory. http://www.zoocentre.co.uk/ https://www.facebook...302318939867173 http://stores.ebay.c...fsub=2415574013 Either you contact him by ebay or by e-mail info@zoocentre.co.uk
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    Elliptorhina javanica

    Right now I have 4 species of nymph hissers separeted from adults and I have no deaths...when they were with adults there were always some dead nymphs. I think that "gut bacteria theory" is just a theory. Maybe in some species is true...but not for all of them.
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    Elliptorhina javanica

    I had a transparent 80 L plastic tank full of egg crates, the humidity was between 50 % to 60 %, it seems that above 60% there were more deaths. Temperature is 20 ºC. The food was apple, carrots and cat biscuits. I only had like 10 nymphs with 18 adults, there were like 6 females and the rest males. I say "...I had..." because I stopped to use egg crates because I prefered to see them when I wanted and they were always hidden. Without egg crates they stopped reproducing.
  18. I have seen a female Javanica always in the food zone...sometime ago I have seen a hisser female doing the same. The female Javanica has found dead over the food...I guess that each time a roach passes all the day on the food zone without eating it might be a sign that it´s sick. The female Javanica seemed pregnant.
  19. Yesterday I have re-organized the vivarium and I putted a central "food zone". A male didn´t stop hissing around...he was pushing all the other males from his territory...the "food zone". Today I have lost my mind (I had a hard day) and I picked him up and I trowed him to a garden...it was the best male (big and with nice colours...alpha males are territorial). Now the others can eat...(until one day another will do the same...) Conclusion: 1- if you want to trow a hisser away (because you are tired) just put it in a small box... So when you will be more calm you re-think better in what to do. 2- Don´t put food on only one zone.
  20. I have put nymphs on a separated box (a small tight one, I can´t find tight big ones). Every time I find a nymph that escapes from the adult box I put it in the small tigh one. Until now no one has died ! Normally with adults there would always be like 2 deaths in a group of 10. I think this doesn´t support the idea that nymphs to survive need to eat the adult´s poop to get gut bacteria to survive (as said by a member). It is possible that maybe in the future one or other will die due to trauma while picking them up to clean the small box. They are doing great.
  21. I have started the known post "Internet pics of beautiful Roaches". This post has grown with the contributions of members (members indicating new flickR photos). I would like it to be pinned since it would be a shame to see it lost between all other topics. I think it is one of the few topics about gathering several images from a lot of beautiful and exotic roaches. I have seen more exotic images and I would like to put it on the topic, this means that is a topic that will always have a future in the forum. It will be the best "welcome card" to any new member.
  22. I was cleaning the hissers vivarium and I think I have lost some little roaches by changing the substrate. I wonder if they can be breed without substrate. What is the importance of the substrate to them ? Is it necessary for breeding or simply to make the enviroment more natural to them ? (PS: don´t post methods to capture little roaches during the cleaning just focus on the importance of the substrate)
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    Barrier for baby hissers

    You can use a tupperware as a temporary tank, you just need to make micro perfurations on the tupperware cover. The cover is air tight so no problem. It works for me.
  24. Bear Grylls eating an Weta: Put in youtube " Man vs. Wild - Bear Eats an Exotic Bug " I can´t post the link...this site doesn´t allow it. Bear says that eating it tastes realy bad....and everyone knows what this guy has eaten in allow of his shows !
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    Roches that don't hide

    I would have to send it from France. They cost 25 euros each. I would need to put it inside a carton box (otherwise the transport mail would not transport it...). The cartoon boxes would need to be made of 3 glued cartoon boxes because there isn´t one with that size. (it´s 21 gallons of size)........This is the "impossible part" for me! Plus there is the shipping cost. I think that if you search on internet for 20 gallons palstic boxes you might find them in USA. Check this site: http://schweppeinc.com/products/129095?link=/products/suppliers/&id=2722