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    Hormetica apolinari

    @Redmont hahaha I feel that it would benefit from mentioning the male's horns, after all this is what the genus Hormetica is named after.
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    Hormetica apolinari

    No "-less" in common names!!! It makes no sense.
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    Hormetica apolinari

    @Redmont Nah, why take all the fun to myself. The good people here will come up with a good common name. As long as it is not "Glowspot-less Roach" I will be fine with it.
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    Hormetica apolinari

    New species in the hobby, new genus to be more exact! They are similar to the mega glowspots in size and care, but their appearance and behavior is a bit different. They also seem to grow much faster.
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    Hormetica apolinari

    I have to agree with @Hisserdude here. High prices often reflect rarity, difficulties in establishing a captive colony, or an initial personal investment in obtaining the species. But hey, if you don't like it you can always book a trip to South America and look for the same species yourself!
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    Hormetica apolinari

    These will be on sale. I almost never do trades, and only for very unusual or uncommon species. Better start getting a colony of those Corydidarum magnifica going...
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    Hormetica apolinari

    @Redmont I will be offering some nymphs for sale very soon.
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    Hormetica apolinari

    Another point of view on a male:
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    Flight cages

    The topic is about beetles, and it is a very important discussion. Most cultured beetles species do not require flight display as a prerequisite for mating (there are insects out there that have a courtship flight display, butterflies are a good example, but also flies, dragonflies, and even some beetles like fireflies). More specifically, Cetoniinae are excellent fliers, but they will do just fine even in a closed space. And they breed willingly. However, if your intention is to build an educational display to showcase the beetles' flight abilities (an idea I played with a lot), then yes you would definitely need a small netted room for them to perform their maneuvers. Butterfly farms, by the way, do not avoid the problem of adults beating themselves up against the mesh walls. I take it you haven't been to a lot of butterfly houses then. There is always a subset of adults (those that are not busy courting/mating/feeding) that fly to the corners of the netted cage and exhaust themselves by trying to get out, sometimes to death. It is a calculated risk for the butterfly farm, and they produce so many adults that no one pays attention to a few beaten ones. By the way, many roaches are flighty in the wild, not just Megaloblatta. You might be surprised to hear, but male Polyphaga aegyptiaca for example are frequent fliers in their natural habitat, entering homes and surprising people while taking a shower.
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    Panchlora sp. "Speckled"

    @Hisserdude @WarrenB I do ship internationally. By the way, I think BugNation is dead now - it's gone.
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    Panchlora sp. "Speckled"

    @dactylus @Andee you can shorten the waiting time and get a group of these now, just sayin'
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    Collecting Roaches

    Yeah well, I am an entomologist with taxonomy on my interests so that is pretty accurate.
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    Collecting Roaches

    That is not what being a collector means. If I stumble upon something interesting it is always research first, and then if there are extras due to breeding they can go to academic institutions or into the hobby if anyone is interested. I see the term "collector" more as someone who collects everything, like stamp-collecting. That is not what I do (unless I am hired by a natural history museum to survey an area, in which case everything collected is killed and preserved for the museum). Most of the time I am VERY selective.
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    Collecting Roaches

    I am actually not a collector.. but I do like to look into and describe new species that I find during work
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    Pycnoscelus surinamensis colony.

    Well, this is why you need to experiment. PB does work for some species, might not work for others. Or maybe in the Middle East they have a more salty tooth.
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    Collecting Roaches

    @Tleilaxu be careful, PB will also attract other things (ants, rodents). Not sure how effective it will be for roaches if placed out in the open. I would not expect to see the blue roach anytime soon in the hobby. Finding these obscure species takes time.
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    Collecting Roaches

    @Hisserdude pretty much covered some of the main methods for collection. I hate to disappoint here, but even though in recent years I became interested in cockroaches diversity, I never go on trips expecting to collect them. In other words, I do not set traps specifically for them. The idea is more to look at the big picture and examine the entire arthropod diversity in a certain location. Yeah, I do see some interesting roaches while doing so, some of them come to light trap (not only males, @Hisserdude) others hidden under bark/stones, and some just roaming about on the vegetation. Unless you are looking for a certain species only, there is no reason to limit the search to one type of habitat. But let's go back to the topic of bait traps. I'll tell you a nice story about a friend of mine from university. He needed to collect some blattids for a behavioral research project, so he built a trap from a plastic bottle by inverting the top part inwards. He used biscuits with some peanut butter as bait (PB is known to be very attractive for roaches) and waited. He waited 3 nights and nothing happened. No one came. Then he realized a key component was missing from his trap. A roach. He looked hard and managed to collect a single cockroach, then he put it inside the trap. The following morning the trap was swarming with cockroaches. The aggregation pheromone did its job here. The roaches sensed the presence of a conspecific + food, and responded by flooding the trap with members.
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    Panchlora sp. "Speckled"

    I have to say that figuring out the females' color is a little tricky with this species. The left female in Hisserdude's last photo represents the color faithfully. However, there is a bit of an optical illusion here because of the light in the photo, and the female looks too pale. To see what I mean, tilt your head to the right (like you would do when reading the title of book sitting on your shelf). The female will look slightly more metallic green. That's the right color.
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    Panchlora sp. "White"

    Hisserdude, your females should have given birth by now. By the way, I do not keep this species with any other arthropods, but I do have predatory mites in their enclosure (they come and go). That being said, they should be perfectly fine with springtails/isopods.
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    Possible white Panchlora

    The white color is cleaner on the upper side, and the underside is more ivory-yellowish. It is difficult to get their true color to come out nicely in the photo as in real life. I did not want to use a flash because then the pale color would be blown out by the flash (not to mention these roaches are glossy). They are white in real life, but as they age the white turns into ivory-yellowish, especially at the base of the wings.
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    Possible white Panchlora

    They are slightly bigger than P. nivea. Females are 2.5cm long, 3cm with the wings. Hisserdude - it is illegal. Luckily, they are in a facility that meets the quarantine requirements. There is a slight advantage with these being a potential new species - they are not listed as pests (or anything else, for that matter) in any risk assessment... While I do not wish to turn this thread into a discussion about control of exotic species, some regulations are justified. It is true that Canada is severly cold in the winter, but for this reason potential pests will tend to stick around inhabited areas where there is heating and food. That said, I do agree that some species have absolutely no way to establish in Canada. I never understood why some tropical insects are forbidden, especially stick insects.
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    Possible white Panchlora

    I am really enjoying this "ghost" species. Very elegant roach. A small group: And I believe someone requested a photo of their underside, so here goes - Male: Female: I didn't really put a lot of effort in these photos, but you can get an idea how they look like.
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    Possible white Panchlora

    Hisserdude - yes, pretty similar, on the humid side. Salmonsaladsandwich - I will, but it will take some time becuase I have another trip overseas for fieldwork coming up.
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    Possible white Panchlora

    These adults are the first generation (birthed last year), so yes they are already in breeding. It is a small colony of 30 individuals, started with two mated females.
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    Possible white Panchlora

    After a long wait, I can finally say I have a few adults of this adorable species in my colony. They look even better in real life. Still researching their exact ID.
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