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So, we have three adult Madagascar hissers, one is a little female that we are like 80% sure is a hybrid.

We just became the proud grandbug grandparents of 61 little roaches, who just had their first molt.

pretty little things!

I'm becoming more interested in some really pretty colored wide horns? i hear they have some pretty coloration and get bigger? is that true?

This picture has me just fascinated.

http://www.angelfire.com/oh2/Roaches/images/GportentosaMale.jpg

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That one is a normal hisser, Gromphadorhina portentosa. Wide horn hissers, Gromphadorhina oblongonota are a maroon color once adults, so they're not that pretty. They are quite large though. http://www.roachcrossing.com/for-sale/roach/all/wide-horn-hisser/

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Also on wide horn juveniles you can see a unique black-with-whitespot coloration. The maximum size wide horn can reach is more than regular hissers, but it doesn't mean that every wide horn hisser is a giant.

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I think wide horns are pretty.

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Well they look pretty to me, but I also love the color and shininess of the American cockroach. So I'm not the best person to judge what is "pretty' to others, lol!

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And even then it's not really a pest. We used to have a symbiotic relationship with cockroaches. They got a a warm place to live and a constant supply of tasty leftovers; we got a free janitorial service, louse and bedbug removal, and an occasional crunchy snack.

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I'm not saying they can't be pretty, I'm just saying it comes down to personal preference. I was trying to judge what most people pertain as pretty, which I guess was unwise of me, seeing as I don't have insight into other human minds. To me, I find a variety of "repulsive" creatures pretty, and was trying to appeal to you guys as if you were non-bug lovers, which I shouldn't have done, because you are bug lovers. I'm just sorta used to talking about bugs to non-bug lovers, lol! :P Sorry if I have offended any of you guys.

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i've never seen a regular madagascar have horns shaped like that or have coloration that far up the body.

And that is by far the largest male ive ever seen.

It dosnt look like a regular madagascar hisser at all to me.

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I am pretty sure its just a large male G.portentosa. Its on orin's site Allpet roaches listed as a G.portentosa, you can ask him to see if its a mistake. I've never heard of G.oblongonata having that color though....

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I am pretty sure its just a large male G.portentosa. Its on orin's site Allpet roaches listed as a G.portentosa, you can ask him to see if its a mistake. I've never heard of G.oblongonata having that color though....

Ask who? and this is allpet roaches. where is it listed on this site?

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It is the "giant stock" G. portentosa. Coloration like that on the pronotum is only seen on specimens that recently molted.

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This female is now five days after her final molt. She came from the Insect Zoo's colony of around a thousand hissers, some of which have one Giant Morph male in their lineage. I've isolated her with a subadult male and subadult female who show similar coloration.

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This female is now five days after her final molt. She came from the Insect Zoo's colony of around a thousand hissers, some of which have one Giant Morph male in their lineage. I've isolated her with a subadult male and subadult female who show similar coloration.

Cool!

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i have a large male and a large female who both have /beautiful/ lily orange (school bus) orange bodies. if i could breed them bigger...or maybe ..idk..

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I had two that got some of that red color on pronum but not fully red like the ones above.

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