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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. This is a pricier textbook, so I'm looking for any input on the quality/depth of info in this book. Amazon link
  4. The USDA no longer requires a permit for B. giganteus. Full list of permitted species.
  5. 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.
  10. 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
  15. Curious if anyone in the U.S. is currently keeping these species: Euthyrrhapha pacifica (Pacific Two-spot Roach) Eucorydia aenea dasytoids (Taiwanese Flower Roach) Panesthia sp.
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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
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    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    That's a very nice bonus to the skulls. Are you thinking there might be more inside the skulls? Eventually they'll get hungry. I usually have good luck luring out escapees in the middle of the night with some nice ripe and stinky fruit.
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    If Roaches Used Social Media...

    OMG. I LOVE this idea. Sign me up for A. insignis. So much drama. Arthur Aeluropoda: Finally got the top spot in the tank! I had to eat a few fingers, but totally worth it. #blessed Seriously, even if you get no other takers, let's do this. I'm dying laughing.
  20. Unfortunately, I don't have any recommendations as I've run into similar problems with the bins I use to store my supplies. I ended up with thick black plastic garage shelves from Lowe's and slightly smaller bins. I'd recommend checking there or Home Depot. ... Maybe Ikea? Depending on how picky you are about the aesthetics, concrete block shelves are a really easy and relatively inexpensive (and versatile) way to "build" shelves.
  21. I haven't purchased through Cape Cod yet, but the male giants do look very similar to female "normals." It's possible you've only had males emerge... Be sure to shuffle through your substrate. Often mine hide in the bedding.
  22. Hello. Wondering if you have any Princisia for sale? I checked your shop and it says they're out of stock, but I really only need one adult male. I'd love more, but the one male would be great. Let me know if you can spare any... and name your price. 😉

  23. Regular males are only about 1/2" long. Large males are about the same size as normal females. I had thought of getting you a picture, but no way are they gonna hold still for that! If you got them from a reputable source, they're likely all the same species/size. When I started up my colonies, there were periods of few adults. They don't live that long as adults. As long as you have nymphs, you should see a bloom of adults in the near future.
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    The Roaches Survive...Again!

    Unbeknownst to me, just prior to selling off my large G. oblongonota colony a lone male escaped. Four months later, who comes walking out from behind my desk? 🤔 I was honestly dumbfounded. That's a long time to rogue! It's been about 2 years and I still have that little guy. He has his very own hisser palace and a prominent place in my heart. Similarly, I had an A. insignis go missing... again, unbeknownst to me. I kept hearing strange scratching that sounded like it was coming from inside the walls. I live in an old home that's partly underground; we get mice on occasion so I thought nothing of it, but 2 weeks later I'm still hearing the same sound. Tracked it down to an adult female living in my subwoofer. It seems like the vibrations would make that an unappealing place to hide out, but she seemed quite comfortable. Had to take apart the whole speaker to get her out, though. Final story: While checking my banana roaches one day, I see a small tan similar but not similar roach. Caught it. Not one of mine! Turns out it was a wild Parcoblatta enjoying the highlife of steady food and moisture. They are resourceful little buggers.
  25. For dryer species like hissers, dubia and B. giganteus I use a combo of Alphitobius diaperinus beetles and Paraplecta parva (Little Kenyans). For more humid species I use temperate springtails almost exclusively. For my dirty boys (Rhabdoblatta formosana I'm looking at you) I use a combo of springtails, dwarf white isopods and powder orange isopods. Slightly off topic, but I just added dwarf purples to my Helix aspersa/Haplotrema vancouverense enclosure so I'll see how that turns out.
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