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Axolotl last won the day on July 1 2019

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    Obsessed with roaches, beetles and teeny tiny spiders. I also love coffee and my bearded dragon Drake.

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  1. I'm curious: Why are Henschoutedenia flexivitta and Nauphoeta cinerea referred to as "lobster roaches"? How did they get that name? Even using my imagination I can't see a resemblance to lobsters. And are they both called lobsters due to their similar appearance or were they once in the same genus?
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    If Roaches Used Social Media...

    Arthur Aeluropoda said: Find yourself some fat millipedes @SirUblaberus. We just got some #SmokeyOaks and Gordon Roachsay has nothing on them. Their poop is delicious! Best part: Nymphs don't seem to want any. #foodhacks #dontjudge #findyourownfood #moreforme LadyLat said: Just laid my first ooth. It took awhile to bury it because the other moms-to-be kept stealing my moss, but it's now tucked away safely underground. Time for some Bug Burger. I'm starving! #momlife #healthyeats
  3. The USDA no longer requires a permit for B. giganteus. Full list of permitted species.
  4. You could use the spray foam, paint on black silicone and pack coco fiber on top. It works quite well with little to no shedding of the coco fiber. I've been keeping them for years, and I doubt they would chew into that. They're more interested in high-protein and high-sugar snacks. In fact, it might provide a nice area for the nymphs to molt into adults.
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    A new type of housing!

    I keep my non-climbing pie-dish beetles in a 2 gallon fish bowl and my E. arcanum in a slightly smaller bowl, both with no lids. They make great tabletop displays. i love being able to see them from all angles. I hadn't thought of putting isopods in one. I'll have to keep my eye open for more bowls!
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    Picky Eaters. Suggestions?

    I've noticed that my colony tends to get picky when I feed them too much. How often do you offer food? I always have chow and water crystals available, but only offer fruits/veggies every 7-10 days. Also, be careful with bread as it can lead to grain mite outbreaks and you definitely don't want that. If you're using them as feeders, stay away from meat and cheese as well. As for cannibalism, they will eat their dead friends, no way around it. Males will also fight and cannibalize when there's too much competition. I just feed off most of the males to my assassins to keep things calm.
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    What food do your hissers really enjoy?

    In the summer if you have access to fresh, pesticide/herbicide free sugar maple, they'll throw you a party. Mine can't seem to get enough. They also really like apple, grapes and beetle jelly. For protein, I supplement with alfalfa meal, fish flakes and walnuts.
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    Favorite leaf litter for Blaberus/Archimandrita?

    I feed mine dried sugar maple leaves, which is another hard wood. They love it. Most of my roaches prefer it to oak, but I only have access to Northern Pin Oak.
  9. I've been alternating alfalfa meal with my usual chow. Most everyone seems to like it. There are a few picky hold-outs, but all my feeders gobble it up. It's a little pricey right now on Amazon, but you can find it reasonably at garden centers. A little goes a long way, so it lasts quite awhile - Bonus: I've yet to have any get moldy or rotten, even in moist enclosures.
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    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    I'm so excited by this! I hope you get some adult pairs, too. What a crazy backstory for a new species in the hobby. Crossing my fingers for you.😉
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    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    I've only successfully trapped hissers so I don't know if this will work, but I've set out favorite foods (i.e. fruit) on top of egg crates and caught escapees. They come for the food and stay for the egg crates, so I think you're onto something with the paper towels. Looking forward to see if you can get enough to start a colony!
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    If Roaches Used Social Media...

    Please join us in our nerdery. 😉
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    If Roaches Used Social Media...

    Lats4life said: Just wait @ Panch-Laura. Your turn is coming. #upwithlats Arthur Aeluropoda said: @SirUblaberus, I won't be traded. My human has a soft spot for majors. But good news. That little guy is gone. Sold to the highest bidder. Plenty more to take his place though, and they're eating all the corn on the cob before I can get to it. Nothing but carrots this week. #roachworldproblems ChopardiParty said: Is anyone else loving these temps!? My human brought me and the fam out of the bug room for some natural 85° fresh air. Nymphs are out playing. Finally get some peace and quiet! #freshair #hightemps #itsaparty #datenight
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    Available in the U.S.?

    Thanks for the info! Just updating my wishlist, but I didn't want to get my hopes up only to find out that I can't have them. 😉 Of course P. magnifica weren't available when I started and they finally got here, so you never know...
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    If Roaches Used Social Media...

    Arthur Aeluropoda said: @SirEublaberus, The top spot rules! I have the whole piece of bark to myself... and all the ladies. Now if that little squirt would stop challenging me I could relax and enjoy this honeydew. Little dude doesn't know his place yet. #roachworldproblems