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  1. There's not a single observation that prove Lucihormetica actually glow. http://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/33860605/Greven_Zwanzig_Courtship_Mating_and_Organisation_of_the_Pronotum_in_the_Glowspot_Cockroach_Lucihormetica_verrucosa_Entomo_2.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ56TQJRTWSMTNPEA&Expires=1466796404&Signature=CPCL4X7xoWujWRGUosBi3DliU5k%3D&response-content-disposition=inline%3B%20filename%3DCourtship_Mating_and_Organisation_of_the.pdf Above is a thorough study of the mating behavior and morphology of L. verrucosa. Based on dissections of live specimens, no evidence shows the spots are bioluminescent organs. The spots are basically a cushion of fat body cells underlying a thin layer of transparent cuticle. I understand how appealing a "glowing roach" sounds to a blattodea lover like you and me, but from the materials I've read so far, there's just no strong evidence showing that Lucihormetica ever glows at all. All the papers announced the existence of bioluminescence in those roaches were based on dead specimens; but that was never observed in any alive wild or captive bred individuals; and they live, feed, and mate readily without any need of bioluminescence. It's pretty sure they don't use their glow spots in hunting and mating like fireflies. And if their glow spots are used for defense as most people believe, why those spots only exist on males? We know how "cheap" males are for insects.
  2. Forcep

    Anyone Allergic to Their Roaches?

    I've developed allergic reaction to roaches (I think the main reason is I have to work in a German cockroach rearing lab facility weekly). Now I've stopped handling any large sized cockroach like hissers or Blaberus due to the same symptom you've got, otherwise it doesn't affect my hobby.
  3. Forcep

    Eucorydia aenea

    Yep they're short lived, and have a long nymphal stage like Therea
  4. Forcep

    Eucorydia aenea

    Adults are gone, and I see small nymphs digging around. Will wait till they're bigger to make a better count. Apparently they are periodical, just like Therea.
  5. Forcep

    A modest enclosure...

    nice design, you'll need a much larger container for adults though
  6. Forcep

    My roach collection!

    I have some G. capucina, it's easy to keep them alive but I haven't got them breeding yet. At least there's two people here have pretty healthy producing colonies so I don't worry about it disappearing from the hobby
  7. 60F is not cold enough to knock them down. They are not going to do well in low temperature but you need it to be pretty cold to actually kill them directly. There should be something else wrong, post some pics will do more help
  8. In lab we fed peanut butter to German and American cockroach, definitely not gonna kill them at all.
  9. Forcep

    How often to feed hissing roaches ?

    Just make dry food pellet (dog food for example) and drinking water always available, you don't need to do extra work until the food/water's running out. For soil/leaf litter set up mold can be a problem, but hissers can be kept bone dry without substrate. In that case there'll be hardly any mold occur on food.
  10. At least AU insect farm have them labeled as $85 for 3 nymphs here. http://www.insectfarm.com.au/pets.php Well, I understand if people think that's very expensive for cockroaches
  11. It also depends on local availability. In Australia those are sold in much lower price; the price in Europe is higher, but still not as expensive as they're in the US.
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    Online Roach Problems

    Also check with the seller's minimal order policy. The price of hissers are just slightly higher than feeder roaches so online sellers may not gonna do a 3 bucks deal.
  13. Agree with Salmonsaladsandwich that drooling cockroaches are stressed or defensive. I feel the same way with mine. Grasshoppers/katydids/crickets/caterpillars etc. do the same thing when stressed.
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    Eupolyphaga sinensis

    Eupolyphaga sinensis for medical use are mostly captive-bred. Mass breeding of this species is easy and cheap so there's no reason for wild collecting. Personally I'm not a follower of traditional Asian med; but just like other markets what they're looking for is profit. If captive breeding makes profits people will do it.
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    Eucorydia aenea

    So they have a Korean name? Wow that's wonderful, considering 1. they don't distribute in Korea and 2. they are not common in international pet or specimen market. Do you know where their Korean name comes from? well the color varies on different light condition... some times they looks almost black lol but yes they're mostly blue with some green and purple, depends on how you look at it. They are not called "Taiwanese flower roach" in Taiwan though, it's always hard when comes to translation but the name's like "banded red&dark blue cockroach". This species is also endemic to China along with other Eucorydia, where it is called "bronze true turtle roach"; apparently the bronze here refers to the color of oxidized&aged bronze. "True turtle roach" comes from the genus name Eucorydia, since Polyphagid are usually called "turtle roach" or "ground turtle" in Chinese. Seems they also appears in other SE Asian places but I've got no clue of their local names there
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