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Tagging a hisser with paint

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I want to study the behavior of hissers in my colony and I would like to tag them (like with a number).

I am afraid that any paint can be toxic for them.

Do you now any type of paint non-toxic for bugs (if that even exists...) ?

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Only non toxic I know of is watercolor paint for kids that washes off. Someone else might know.

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I have painted a "1" in the left horn in a hisser and a "2" in a segment (the one just posterior to the segment that protects the head) of another hisser.

I used white watercolor for kids (the one that you can paint with the skin of your hands).

If eventualy one dies I will post the info.

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The "watercolor" went off when changing the bugs from place to clean the cage.

I painted a new one with "acrilic paint" I will see how this turns out.

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I have used non-toxic fingernail polish, normal fingernail polish and enamel paint pens and have not noticed an negative effect on the health of the roach.

Here is an interesting article concerning marking animals (i.e., terrestrial isopods) and behavior:

http://www.ncbi.nlm....les/PMC3335411/

I have observed similar behavioral changes with my terrestrial isopods but have not replicated the studies with my roaches.

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Thanks for the link to that article, MrCrackerpants. I found it to be very interesting!

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The acrilic paint went off on one of the roaches.

I guess I have to try fingernail polish.

The fast drying fingernail polish is good. I have also glued identifiers onto their exoskeletons with super glue. It also dries fast.

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I saw that marking them didnĀ“t altered their behavior, number 5 still climbs the cage wall that is near the room heater and number 1 still stays all day exposed to light in a narrow transparent corridor.

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The fast drying fingernail polish is good. I have also glued identifiers onto their exoskeletons with super glue. It also dries fast.

Do glued identifiers fall down ?

How many time does fingernail polish stays ? One week ?

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Do glued identifiers fall down ?

Not usually

How many time does fingernail polish stays ? One week ?

Mine stays a long time (not sure of exact number of days) on mature adults. Maturing nymphs shed and then I am not sure which is which.

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