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  1. Pharma

    Pink slipper orchid

    A Dactylorhiza sp. and maybe an Epipactis sp.
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    Pink slipper orchid

    And maybe Dactylorhiza and/or Orchis and again one which could be Gymnadenia conopsea (they often build hybrids with other orchids).
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    Pink slipper orchid

    Neottia nidus-avis and one being likely a Gymnadenia conopsea.
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    Pink slipper orchid

    Hi Orin Beautiful orchid! But are you sure that it's a Calypso sp. (which is, according some findings in Google, the scientific name of the pink slipper orchid)? To me, it looks more like a Cypripedium sp. (regarding the flower and the foliage). Attached are some orchids I found here on trips to the nearby alps (massif in Switzerland). Cephalanthera sp.
  5. No, unfortunately not. Keep them clean and preferably dry, avoid phorid flies (which might be related to that problem somehow) and overcrouding bins, and immediately remove dead roaches; that's all you can do.
  6. You describe precisely the 'normal/typical' problem! No one really knows what it is or might be... The worms would have to be some sort of parasitic roundworm species which does not live in the soil exclusively or at least could have a generation change with maybe a free living and a parasitic life form. But such cycles usually include another species being dependent on insect predators (mainly vertebrates). OK, it might also be a species which could have a life cycle only including the roaches but that would be very strange especially because the responsible 'agent' exists in subtropic USA as well as in northern Europe. Up till now a pendulum, a dowsing rod, or tarot cards might provide the best answer .
  7. Hi Mark The thing with the "well known breeder from Germany" lets me assume that it is most likely Jörg (he keeps most species available in Europe and is the best known breeder) and then it could be Blaberus spec. 'Venezuela' (but that is a pretty rare one here around and it is only traded, not sold) where the males have a different marking than the females.... (HIS PICTURE) It may/should be really helpful if you could figure out from whom the species is! There are only a few "well known breeders from Germany" (one is a cockroach scientist -> User Lucihormetica, but I didn't heard anything of him for months), they know each other and they are reliable (most of their species are validated by roach experts and/or the 'Blattodea Culture Group' otherwise they are sold as Genus spec. 'Origin'). Even if it isn't validated correctly it is often possible to track the roach back to its origin. Oh, not to forget: As you are from the States and the seller is from Germany the roaches had to be imported (legally & officially) and should be trackable. Otherwise: Dissect the male genitalia (well... a specialist should do that...) and you know it (maybe)! Grüessli Andreas @Peter: And what species are they instead (if they aren't kept under the synonym for B. craniifer)?
  8. Do I understand you right: It is just the shape/form of the 'death head' on the pronotum of the males which looks like an hourglass instead? I have one single B. atropos/discoidalis with a nearly plain black pronotum: I guess it's just 'imperfect nature'; could be the same in your case .
  9. Hi Well, my B. craniifer have mainly good times right now (and strange enough only those males died which I wanted to get rid of anyway; too light in coloration for my gusto). I still keep them in a bin with half humid soil, half nothing (egg crates) and at a pretty high population density. There are also some phorid flies present but seem to do no harm. But my Archimandritas do quite bad: I kept them humid, then in mixed culture, and now completely dry. In the dry culture there are no phorid flies present anymore but still they die and die and die... (they turn black and limp and stink awful) Now its getting better but likely because of decreasing population; therefore it's the bigger nymphs that start to die now that there are no adults around anymore. Sometimes it's sooooo strange! I start to believe that it's some sort of virus or just very bad mojo... Grüessli Andreas
  10. Hi Mark All Blaberus sp. I ever saw had the same marking on males and females. Only B. craniifer exhibits some sexual dimorphism in the color depth (males are often lighter) but not in the pattern. Do you know who exactly the seller in Germany is? One of the best known is Jörg from Schaben-Spinnen.de where you find many photos on the HP. Did the nymphs look equal or did you have rough brown and shiny black ones accidentally? If you happen to have a scanner: Get some colored pens and paper ! Grüessli Andreas
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    My extreme paranoia...

    Well, as B. atropos, B. parabolicus, B. discoidalis, B. boliviensis, and B. anisitis belong to the Atropos-group they look often quite similar and only a dissection of the male genitalia would be good enough to determine them. I wonder why you have a paranoia concerning the Blaberus sp.; they don't climb glass and are quite big and as long as you are not so ***** like me and use nice to glue and nice to look at rodent-resistant fiberglass fly screens which can more or less easily be bitten through by most roach species (when in addition there is no vaseline rim) you shouldn't have any problems with escapees (and those you could feed/kill/whatever).
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    My extreme paranoia...

    Hi Now that I have both Elliptorhina sp. I wanted to ask exactly the same question! There could be a real problem with 'dwarf hissers' because they seem to have low/no genitalia differences and identical body size could suffice.... I guess the diverse hisser genera inter se shouldn't be a problem because inter-genus breeding is quite unlikely even though Gromphadorhina sp. can be crossed with Princisia sp. but Princisia is probably no valid genus. Gromphadorhina and Elliptorhina look quite different but... good that you ask! There is at least one thread about the Blaberus sp. hybridization problem: Citation by Pharma (too lazy to retype, original thread): Then: Are you sure to have B. atropos and not B. craniifer syn. B. atropos (you in the US seem to often use B. craniifer only for the 'Black Wings'/'Florida Keys' variety and for all other 'Death Head' varieties B. atropos)? Besides: In Germany they tried to interbreed several Blaberus species for that purpose: nothing resulted from it. The real problem with this genus seems to be interbreeding of local varieties and unclear origin. Personally I wouldn't co-culture them and escapees (luckily unable to climb back into a box) win a free trip to Lizards Island .
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    Hi Looks a bit like Dermestid beetle relatives; especially the hairy larvae. How big are they? Some Dermestid beetles feed on dead insects and could be helpful in keeping the roach colony clean. I use small native relatives of the mealworms for that purpose. Remove all roaches or all dead ones incl. the whole food (and paper, leaves etc.) which is as annoying as removing all beetles... I guess there is no way like with mites where you can keep the box dry for 2 weeks. If you can feed them, why don't you keep them? Grüessli Andreas
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    Typically European Wish

    I'd be fine with the PM-thing if my hit ratio would be better . I thank you and all those obeying you!
  15. Hi all I always struggle when reading a 'wanted to...' post because it's often not visible from where the thread starter is. As I'm from Switzerland (kinda small country in Europe ) it usually isn't possible to legally trade with guys from the USA and it would therefore be a great help to immediately see from where the other one is. Maybe one could make a little flag (stars'n stripes, EU or such) one can add to the title? Grüessli Andreas
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    Mealworm Beetle Mites

    Hi radu Quite a 'hairy' story ... these mites look weird and seem to be relatively big sized. Thanks for the pictures and the cool clips (really interesting)! Sometimes it's not necessary to throw everything away: Either the mites run out of food (which makes then run around everywhere in search of some) or keep them very dry for 1-2 weeks (well... they will search for water....). So if the weather allows it, put the box outside or use something to prevent the mites from leaving the box (like a baking plate full of soap-water underneath it). Grüessli Andreas
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    Hello from Austria

    Hi No, to have a look in here can't harm, rather the opposit (well, if you think that 'learning' and 'knowledge' are diseases, then it does)! It is the best roach-forum ever (at least since the german one got lost in the digital nirvana) and even though it's in english it's kind of an advantage too; very good exercise! Besides: Are you interested in exchanging something against your D. punctata or O. orientalis? Grüessli Andreas
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    Cockroach Easter?

    Hi BoogleBug Well... this phenomenon is supposed to be responsible for one or the other blood miracle like bleeding Madonna figures . From a scientific point of view there is not much special or spectacular about it: It's just a bacterium producing a pink pigment. Judging from the other egg left-overs there seems to be an optimal condition for that particular strain only in one roach bin. The other egg left-overs (I left them in the bins for another day, kind of agar-plate substitute to check the microbial load in there) turned if they weren't just dried out or completely eaten more or less putrid too but without coloration; one could see (and sometimes smell *retch*) after two days that there are a lot of bacteria and occasionally fungi on them too but no colored ones. Moist bins and high/dens populations correlated quite well with the decay . If you happen to find a dead roach with pink markings it is very likely to be Serratia marcescens (by the way it is quite frequent) -> Don't fool around with it just because it is so funny looking and don't breed it in large amounts, it is an opportunistic bacterium responsible for several nosocomial infections (mainly catheter and urinary tract infections) and in non-healthy people it can do much harm! Grüessli Andreas
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    Cockroach Easter?

    Hi everybody I hope you had a happy Easter! We did and we also had some excessive eggs which I threw into my roach bins yesterday and miraculously one egg was dyed bright pink (on the inside) over night... Actually it weren't the roaches dying eggs for Easter but it was Serratia marcescens, a bacterium which is present only in the bin of my Elliptorhina chopardi dying every dead roach and food leftover in such a kitschy color. What astonished me was the speed with which they do it (less than twenty hours) or in other words the amazing speed of reproduction these bacteria have! Fortunately they don't harm my roaches and the roaches don't eat 'infected' stuff. Grüessli Andreas
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    Cockroach Easter?

    Hi Bugman I did remember that thread and this was one reason why I posted the picture. Correctly it isn't the bacterium causing the color but prodigiosin, a pigment produced by it BUT it is exactly the one species assumed to kill the roaches. My roaches (even at high population density) do well with the microbes present even though dead roaches turn pink soon. I suppose that S. marcescens as an opportunistic bacterium is not the cause for dead roaches but just a 'symptom' (and if it would kill them, they should turn pink faster, might be even before they die). Grüessli Andreas
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    Hello from Austria

    Sali Mo Schaben tauschen wird schwierig mit den Amis.... aber es hat ja ein paar andere Leute aus Europa, Asien etc... Grüessli Andreas
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    Isopod Website/Blog

    Hi demon Don't know why but I can only see a completely white screen (if it matters: Firefox with Adblock Plus)... Regards Andreas
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    Eublaberus posticus

    Hi Ole You may have a look in here: CLICK Seems to be the most reliable source when it comes to cockroaches. Grüessli Andreas
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    UV for Varanidae

    Well, in nature anoles, forest- and twilight-dwelling (and maybe strictly night dwelling ones too) reptiles get UVB in the shadow by light scattering (easily around 20-50 uW/cm2) for several minutes to even hours a day. This is enough because they have a thinner and more UV translucent skin, a 'more efficient' vit. D synthesis, and/or need less vit. D due to a higher sensitivity than sun-dwelling species. As a conclusion: Even these reptiles need UVB for a natural supply of vit. D BUT vit. D can easily be supplemented by their nutrition. For the mentioned UVB intensity it's not really necessary to use UV spot lamps (which often only emit UVA being as mentioned earlyer beneficial for behaviour), fluorescent tubes or compact bulbs can be sufficient. Im my oppinion it's better to mimic nature and use a UVB lamp even for non-heliotropic species (and support economy and contribute to the green-house effect ). Such arguments are for sure good for marketing purposes but the vitamine suppliers make their own commercials too... therefore you shouldn't listen to them but use your brains to find an appropriate solution.
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    Therea sp. lifespan

    I don't know for sure but I have the impression that they do it only for a few months... I have well over a hundred nymphs of any instar of T. olegrandjeani but strangely I only have very few adults meaning that they can't live that long.