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    elongated treeroaches

    enjoy https://spkns.blogspot.com/2018/11/i-stare-vacuously-at-katydids.html?m=0
  2. 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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    Are these things suitable for an enclosure?

    Roachcrossing.com says: - pine and other conifers have insect-harming compounds - so do nuts (like your pecan; I know it's only a pod but still)
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    @emmett On Google Scholar, multiple Salvia species are shown to have insecticidal oils.
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    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    Clarification: feigners and other typical desert darklings enjoy drinking water, for obvious reasons however, putting them in a moisty steam chamber will eventually kill them. They need high ventilation (a screen lid is fine) and the substrate should be dry most or all of the time I don't know what 50% humidity is supposed to "feel" like, but if the air in the enclosure feels dry and fresh and non-damp then the beetles will probably be fine
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    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    I suspect even 50% is too much; even adults of the forest-dwelling Zophobas seem to do very fine with water restricted to the new fruits served every day (they lived more than 6 mths before dying)
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    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    Orin (our forum moderator) wrote in his book two things: 1. desert darklings may emerge en masse on overcast or rainy days 2. desert (and many forest) darklings will die from long-term inescapable low ventilation and dryness The crystals are probably not needed. I personally prefer frozen produce for darklings, as small portions can be dethawed very conveniently and easily every day
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    Peppered roach and giant cave roach deaths

    pesticide poisoning via fruits?
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    Anyone keep giant bananas?

    Not sure if the two species can make hybrids, but do err on the side of caution
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    Anyone keep giant bananas?

    Giant Panchlora males are indeed smaller than females, according to Orin (user Allpet Roaches). In Invertebrates for Exhibition, Orin writes that the giant species is twice as large as nivea; giant females = 27mm, giant males = 18mm
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    Anyone keep giant bananas?

    The normal banana is Panchlora nivea; the giant is a completely different species (currently unidentified; bug taxonomy is quite messy) All winged insects are adults and cannot grow (mayflies are a major exception; they have a strange winged subadult too) I suspect the seller was sloppy and mixed in some normal bananas with the giants
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    Panchlora sp. "White"!

    @Axolotl Hisserdude quit the hobby =(
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    Breeding Behavior in All Male Colony

    A few comments male-male mating is a normal behavior for many insects; see research on Google Scholar I had a pair of Cotinis mutabilis last summer and they would repeatedly take turns trying to inseminate each other male Cotinis are also obsessed with inseminating my fingers, and I have seen Dynastes doing this on a finger too