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    Revenge is ours

    more behind-the-scenes https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2018/06/last-minute-frantic-planning.html?m=1
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    Should we be panicking right now?

    Several artificial color morphs of Drosophila have severe abnormalities, including faulty vision and brain problems https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://jeb.biologists.org/content/jexbio/211/21/3454.full.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwijmrrtp67bAhUKrlQKHZcBCSw4ChAWMAR6BAgCEAE&usg=AOvVaw3eym-wKqE2IpKmDtQQefvq From what I understand, the new colors cannot be separated from the abnormalities. Apparently, the same factors that cause color change cause the abnormalities Isopod color breeding has become popular recently. They aren't fruitflies, but since melanin serves several important purposes besides color in insects (including wound healing) and I think I read that several other pigments fulfill important brain roles, we could be headed for disaster
  3. Also, Hisserdude said " Because people often mislabel their hybrids, and then sell them off as pure stock, people buy them and then sell them as pure stock as well, and before you know it the hybrid stock becomes common and purebred stock becomes rare, which is what happened to G.portentosa stocks and I think the same has happened to many Blaberus dicoidalis stocks. Plus, hybrid hissers aren't even as colorful as their pure-stock ancestors, so it's not like the hybrid stocks look cooler or anything. Overall creating hybrids is a bad thing for the hobby, and selling them off as purebreds is even worse.Nowadays it's pretty hard to find real G.portentosa, thanks to hybrids being created and mislabeled."
  4. Reputable expert Kyle @ RoachCrossing: "I have observed that hybrid roaches tend to be less vigorous than parent species".
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    Revenge is ours

    ....And this is a partial tour of what's behind the scenes https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2018/05/i-nearly-shake-with-glee.html?m=0
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    Parcoblatta americana care?

    Winged roaches only get wings at adulthood Since the adult female has small useless wings and the adult male can fly, identifying whether you have any adult males is easy. Females do look like juveniles though. If you post a pic, someone here may be able to help.
  8. "Hind wing with very dark anterior field, posterior field distinctly lighter." There is a picture of the hindwing in the article. The front half of the hindwing is more leathery than the back half, which is probably why the colors differ between them
  9. Well, people actually buy springtails to put in roach tanks on certain occasions some springer spp can stress some roaches, but this seems very rare
  10. Don't worry, it's definitely the correct forum section I specialize in eating research papers for lunch; here's what I found "Abdominal tergites black with broad yellow anterior borders" http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1665/1082-6467(2004)013[0057:ANGASO]2.0.CO%3B2#/doi/abs/10.1665/1082-6467(2004)013[0057:ANGASO]2.0.CO%3B2 In other words, the entire dorsal surface of the roach's abdomen is striped w black and yellow, including the parts hidden by wings Good luck with your book! I'm glad that non-pest roach species are starting to appear in popular sci literature
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    Cleaning?

    With dryness-proof beetles like darklings and some carabids, I serve their food on "dishes" to avoid dirtying the floor. The rest of the cage has no moisture, discouraging mold. Unlike many beetles, a number of roaches tend to be more dessication-prone (is this true for Dubias?). Maybe putting food dishes at a dry area and making a wet corner will prove useful. Beware, roaches can carry small food items w mouth, so make sure the food is heavy
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    Rank?

    Before the recent forum update, the rank symbol and the Liked Post symbol were the same It appears that 1 like = 1 rank point, because members go up by one after I like their posts
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    An attractively absurd idea

    no pictures this is just a ridiculous idea I thought up; I doubt any real Periplaneta reaches half a foot long
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    Ant formicarium for isopods/millipedes?

    I am pretty sure that setup does NOT work for a number of ground invertebrates. Many of the more skittish species need objects to be under; otherwise they may show abnormal behaviors or stress. It may prove useful for some types though. I have noticed that garden Armadillidium are surface active during all hours, including noon.
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