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    Darkling Beetle Photo Thread

    Hmmm, well that could cause some issues then. I was looking in their enclosure yesterday and there are a few large larvae but not a lot of small ones, so that may have been what happened. The species are split now just to be safe. Presumably it'd still be an issue within a species? I'll try to get some pics for you @Hisserdude Interestingly, I've noticed that of all the food I've given them, peppers have been the favorite. Most of my roaches nibble at peppers but don't really eat them (G. caffrorum excepted because they eat everything), so it's nice to have something I can throw bits of pepper at instead of throwing it away.
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    Darkling Beetle Photo Thread

    I'm trying my hand with two species Eleodes I found, but like an idiot I tossed them all in together for a couple days while trying to set up a second enclosure and now I have loads of larvae in the first. Not the end of the world, the two species are different enough that they'll be easy to separate once they hit adulthood, but still a definite oops on my part. They're just on cocofiber with some pieces of corkbark in for cover and climbing and it looks like they're doing really well.
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    Preserving dead specimens?

    Sorry for the delayed response, its been a while since I was on here! It's really only necessary for the larger/meatier roaches (hissers, probably a good idea with Blaberus if you can't get them to dry fast). You can cut a line ventrally on the abdomen and gently pull out all the innards, then stuff it with cotton, put a dab of glue on the cut area, and seal it again. Let the whole thing dry and you should be good to go! You could probably also do it laterally, though I don't know what kind of damage that would cause since you'd be tearing through the spiracles/support structures there. Resin note: we found that lubbers discolored over time unless they were gutted first. The discoloration was pretty bad, some specimens basically rotted away in the resin. If you gut them and give them a day or two to dry before putting them in the resin the colors stick much better.
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    Phortioeca phoraspoides

    Wow, what beauties!
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    Darkling Beetle Photo Thread

    Glad to see the thread revived, thanks Test Account!
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    Porcellio bolivari

    Sorry to hear that man Sounds like they really are a picky species. Even though it sucks it still provides some good info everyone can use in the future with this species.
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    Mites from outside, help!

    Those are indeed mites. Let the enclosure dry out a bit and that should knock the numbers back some. That or you can give each enclosure a good cleaning and basically start over. They're always going to be there, it's just trying to manage the numbers so they don't get out of control. You can also try ordering predatory mites and releasing those. Sometimes they just show up though, so it's your call whether you want to buy some or not. Pretty much anything to knock the mites back will be good. It'll give your springtails time to gain ground and hopefully keep them in check. Do you feed your isopods something grain based?
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    Gyna caffrorum set up ideas?

    They aren't super picky. Adults (especially males) are active at all times, though females tend to come out more after dark. They'll rest wherever they feel comfortable and treat everything as a climbing surface. Eventually you'll want that 5.5 gal when they start really producing lol. I don't know how many hundreds I have in mine anymore and this is after selling half my colony before moving a few months ago.
  9. Beautiful species and good luck with them!
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    cf. Alloniscus perconvexus - "COMMANDO ISOPOD"

    Nope, didn't purchase any. I actually just moved so I'm trying to settle in before picking up any new inverts. Still hoping to get this species at some point though.
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    Alloniscus perconvexus

    Anyone keeping this species? I know it's new in the hobby, but I'm trying to get some care squared away before deciding to purchase some. It sounds like Kyle keeps them on a couple inches of moist sand and they're pretty happy with that. http://www.roachcrossing.com/for-sale/non-roach/commando-isopod/
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    Awesome, very nice looking Prionus!
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    The insect-site shortage

    Appreciate the tag and plug for my blog, @Hisserdude! I'll get around to updating it at some point after I finish moving.
  14. Unfortunately one of the I. deropeltiformis females I found last week died with an ooth still being exuded. Does anyone think it would still be viable even though she didn't drop it like they normally do?
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    Breedable millipedes?

    The European hobby has bred tons of different millipede species, but they have quite a bit more availability than we do here in the US. Orthoporus ornatus is one that I don't believe has been bred so far, but most other large US species have.
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    Viability of Half Produced Ooths

    Looks to be but I'll put it under the scope to check. Not so sure about the part still stuck inside her, so I'd guess that'll be the crucial point.
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    URGENT! Moving in less than 24 hours.

    I think even with the extra delay they should be fine. Roaches are pretty hardy shippers and since the temps up north are cooler now that'll work in your favor. I had USPS lose a box of live stock for about a week in early January and I think I only had one spider kick it. All the other spiders and the roaches were totally find once I put them near the fire to warm up. Of course it's summer now so temps and inverts are less forgiving, but I'd still be at least fairly confident, especially since you gave them plenty of ventilation and it sounds like they got a good packing job as well.
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    Is anyone keeping Megaloblatta?

    Nope. People not in the US have tried keeping them a handful of times, but getting them to drop ooths and getting said ooths to hatch is really difficult and I'm not sure if anyone has gotten ooths to hatch consistently (or at all). Be nice to get them in the US hobby though!
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    Who is Saussure?

    I'll poke around a bit and see what I can find. Unfortunately there might not be a ton out there on him because most of his species descriptions are from quite a ways back, meaning the actual pubs might be near impossible to track down. Hopefully I can at least find the first name though.
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    Deropeltis sp. "Jinka"

    Whoa, very neat! Good luck with them!
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    Eurycotis improcera

    The adults are insane, I got to see them in person at the Tinley Park NARBC show while I helped Kyle vend. I ended up getting three ooths and almost an adult pair, but Kyle wanted to keep them to continue bolstering his colony since they didn't sell. I have a ton of little nymphs running around now that I probably need to upgrade this weekend.
  22. Yeah I definitely need to get this species again at some point. My colony totally crashed and none of the ooths would hatch. I have a better setup idea though, so that should greatly help.
  23. Not sure how many of you pin roaches for a collection, but I've noticed a rather bizarre issue with a few of mine. After I get them pinned up and am letting them dry for a few days, I've had a few cases where the wings curl. I'd relax the specimen and try to press the wings down, but it would still happen. I don't think Barber's fluid will work here because that's more for relaxing joints, whereas the wings themselves are what are curling. Has anyone else had this issue before and if so, how did you go about fixing it? It's definitely not a consistent thing with mine. I'll pin up a set of one species and only have one roach out of 4 or 5 that wing curls. It has only happened with half a dozen or so specimens, but it'd be nice to have 0 doing that.
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    What are the biggest hisser species?

    Fair enough! I'd guess your 3 females probably are hybrids, but there's a small chance they could be pure line. I think it'd be really neat to get selectively bred giant oblongonota!
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    Feeding Frequency

    I feed all of mine once a week. That includes protein and produce. My schedule is a little too hectic to feed more than once a week, so I've made it work by making sure everyone has leaves and wood to munch on if they need a snack. If I do a quick check and see mold I remove the food. Feeding once a week doesn't seem to hurt any of my colonies because they're all reproducing very readily and I haven't had any issues with growth.