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  1. Axolotl

    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.πŸ˜‰
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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. πŸ˜‰
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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 85Β° fresh air. Nymphs are out playing. Finally get some peace and quiet! #freshair #hightemps #itsaparty #datenight
  5. 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.
  6. Axolotl

    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. πŸ˜‰ 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
  8. Axolotl

    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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.Β πŸ˜‰

  13. 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? πŸ€” 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.
  15. 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.
  16. This is a pricier textbook, so I'm looking for any input on the quality/depth of info in this book. Amazon link
  17. Female giant greenies measure 1" or more. If your females are smaller, you likely have the standard size. Not sure if they hybridize....
  18. As the title states, I'm wondering about the current best names for two species. I've seen each listed several ways. Which is most correct -- or do we have full species names now for either one? Giant Green Banana Roaches: Panchlora sp. "Giant" or Panchlora exoleta or Panchlora cf. exoleta? Gold Medal Roaches: Rhyparobia sp. "Malaysia" or Rhyparobia sp. "Gold Medal" or Rhyparobia cf. capelloi? Thanks for helping me make sense of this!
  19. Thanks for the clarification. I'll keep it simple and go by the names you suggested.
  20. Axolotl

    Which species?

    I recommend Blaberus giganteus. They're about 3.5"-4" long. Very impressive species, and they hang out on vertical bark so they make a great display species. Also one of the only species that readily accepts meat as they evolved to clean up guano and dead bats. I give mine canned cat fΓΌd, cooked chicken or raw hamburger once a month and they go insane.
  21. I have a thriving colony that produces more than I can keep up with. Currently keeping them at 27 C with weekly mistings. I also keep one corner of their 10 gallon tank moist at all times. Try banana and oranges. They love fruit. I also feed mine organic, pesticide/herbicide free maple leaves. They go through a small branch worth every few days.
  22. Not affiliated with the zoo... just passing on the info. This might end tomorrow, Feb. 14th. https://bronxzoo.com/roach
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    Best hygrometers?

    I'm looking to add at least one hygrometer to my bug room. I've seen a few reasonably priced and decently reviewed analog hygrometers online, but are they accurate enough for roaches? I'm looking at analog as it would be great to have one in each humid roach enclosure, but my gut says digital is the way to go - but I could only afford a few at the moment. Thoughts? Anyone have a brand/model to recommend of either version?
  24. Not affiliated with the zoo... just passing on the info. https://bronxzoo.com/roach
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    PSA: $1/gallon sale at Petco

    Petco has their $1 per gallon aquarium sale going on now through February 2. I have no affiliation with Petco; I just look forward to this sale as it's a great time to stock up on 10 gallon tanks for my colonies.