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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    Alright, thanks very much
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    Introducing new hissers to an existing colony

    For some reason, insects seem to only be alarmed while the injury is happening; once it stops they soon appear to calm down, even if half their body has been ripped off. The existence of insect consciousness is a controversial topic though. fortunately, deantennated roaches can still taste for edibles with their palps, and I suspect that juveniles can regenerate antennae while molting
  3. I’m currently experimenting with webspider herbivory; webspiders seem less physically capable of encountering edible plant matter than foraging hunters (salticids, Trachelas, lycosids, etc.) although orbweavers are known to feed on trapped pollen here is a somewhat blurry video I produced last night
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    Will there be a significant amount of online discussions between each physical meeting?
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    What’s new in the invert world?

    @MarlonDark mealworm coloration, uncanny resemblance to molitor adults (striated elytra, somewhat elongated shape, ridged round pronotum with pointy edges), and ability to survive in dry grains are all traits consistent with Tenebrio obscurus. I do not know any other darkling with this exact trait combination so obscurus seems very probable. @Hisserdude, can you confirm or deny my ID?
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    Polyphaga saussurei nymphs moving synchronous

    yes, it is parthenogenetic
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    Polyphaga saussurei nymphs moving synchronous

    This seems remarkably similar to behavior of Phanaeus; when alarmed, beetles may run a short distance when a vibration is detected, stopping whenever the vibration ceases. Orin says the dung beetles may do it to confuse predators, since motion produced by predatory or dung-associated vertebrates can decrease obviousness of beetle escape behaviors I have also seen pillbugs and darklings performing the same vibration-correlated intermittent running
  8. Many herbivores and detritivores will eat corpses even if other foods are available
  9. Completely normal Indiscriminate copulation is common in insects; Cotinis mutabilis males will even attempt to inseminate fingers There is a chance that the other males may become stressed by excessive copulation attempts though; if this seems to be the case then just isolate the troublesome male or give it a female
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    elongated treeroaches

    what a farce
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    elongated treeroaches

    forgot these https://spkns.blogspot.com/2018/12/staring-contest-continues.html?m=1 https://spkns.blogspot.com/2018/12/i-win-staring-contest.html?m=1
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    elongated treeroaches

    enjoy https://spkns.blogspot.com/2018/11/i-stare-vacuously-at-katydids.html?m=0
  13. Did you see the "spider herbivory is widespread" research papers?
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    Outdoor Composting Pets?

    I've seen hundreds of "wild" Porcellionides swarming CA compost bins
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    Roach Jelly/beatle Jelly for hissers

    Well, bugsincyberspace says it doesn't mold. It can thus be left in there for as long as needed; roaches don't seem usually prone to overeating. Although shortlived large scarabs common in the beetle hobby seem to do well on only jelly, I do not suggest doing so for roaches due to their differing nutritional requirements.
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