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  2. Billions of Cicadas are about to swarm the United States in their largest numbers since 2004. Will they be arriving in a town near you? Check out my brand new YouTube video to learn about the impending emergence of Brood X. 🙂
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  4. That would be a cool photo to see. No need to freeze one for a photo. I'll contact DartkNightExotics eventually, and I'll ask how the photos were made.
  5. The gold dalmatian glows green down the stripes and some blue. The only really neat ones are the white micropods but I can't get them to stay still. I don't have a blacklight flash so when they move it looks like a glow in the air. I could try freezing one but this is the most time I'm currently willing to invest.
  6. No, I just never bothered trying to get the UCR strain. It's hard enough trying to keep every bug on earth without trying to keep every strain.
  7. Hello all, the Invertebrate Club of Southern California's May meeting will be on the 15th, from 10:00-11:30 AM, on Skype. We will be holding another raffle this meeting, and invertebrates are again the object of discussion ;D! Also, planning a hike/collecting trip in Riverside for the end of this month after the fantastic trip we had in April, stay tuned for more information. Thanks, Arthroverts
  8. I had a short message experience with Orin McMonigle....I was surprised to see him state that he had never seen the UCR strain of Blaberus craniifer It left me wondering if he was politely suggesting there wasn't two different strains, or if he actually had never come across them in his travels/research. I keep two colonies, one purchased through a friend as UCR he got from Kyle at Roach Crossing, and another I got here on this forum from Marcus Q out of California....I get a headache seeing variations in pronotum pattern definitions and size of the roach leaving me won
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  10. Grid-pattermed woodworm that flees the light. "lucifugus" is an awesome name.
  11. Thanks, that makes me feel a bit better. I was keeping them more based on what my invert groups were doing than the reptile ones, so I guess that's the difference. Like yes, I dig around looking for little ones to feed off here and there, but I have one small bin of dubias and a single, four month old crested gecko, and a couple of tiny tarantula slings. So they're basically pets and every once in a while I kidnap a little one or two lol. The adults are far too large for anything I have to tackle, so I feel like it's a pretty decent trade off... I give them the nicest life I can muster and in
  12. To all the moms out there, big and small, Happy Mother's Day! Here's a proud mother Wolf Spider (Tigrosa helluo) with her babies. 😊❤️
  13. Mating was recorded last night, which lasted about half an hour. This happened after the culture was moved to a much larger container with more shelters. In my opinion, this eliminated the problem of crowding (despite the small number of individuals) and allowed males to occupy individual sites. In general, I adhere to the standard humidification scheme — the main part of the substrate is moderately dry, the rest (no more than 5%) is wet. According to the instructions of the authors of the taxon «it is humid enough in the cave». Photo of copulation (of very poor quality, since it was shot
  14. They are pretty easy but not very fast. They like to hide under wood and part of the substrate should always be damp. I think sucincta is less finicky but mostly because they are slower, verrucosa I've had to use as feeders to try to keep the colony from crashing but never subcincta.
  15. Brief update: I have been using this setup for almost a year with no issues. It's worked fine even for species with small nymphs that climb. Just be sure to check under the lid since there can be hiding spots even if escape isn't possibe.
  16. Does anyone have any tips on keeping/breeding Luchormetica? I don't have any right now, just doing research since these are on my wishlist and I've heard they're pretty finicky, lol. I heard they need rotten wood to thrive. Is this true? If so, what kind of wood is best? Would white oak bark work (like these?) Is flake soil needed? I am specifically interested in the following species, if this helps: Lucihormetica subcincta (the less finicky of the two, if I understand correctly?) Lucihormetica verrucosa Thanks in advance!
  17. Substrate seems to be mainly a difference of pets vs feeders. Standard feeder containers make maximum use of vertical space with egg crates to pack a lot of roaches into a bin. That's the only function of egg crates. Zero substrate, is very easy to clean the dry frass, dead, and molts while not spending much time on the maintenance. I think of this as how people feed insectivores with the least amount of space and effort spent. Extra moisture in a bin with only paper, frass, roaches, and food can quickly lead to bacteria, fungus, pest insects, etc. On the other hand naturalistic container
  18. Now in culture there are adults of both sexes. Some females already have ooteca. I hope for a rich brood Male on the photo:
  19. My Simandoa all started to go out in adults, one pair has been in imago for several weeks already and the female is already plump. I really hope for a brood. The comrade had only two broods, despite the fact that in the first there are much less than thirty babies, and in the second there are only two. This is upsetting. But let's hope for the best In the photo, a pair of adults (male and female):
  20. My dubias used to hide all of their protein pellets in one spot. They never hid there themselves during the day, they just created a stash of pellets lol...
  21. Hi everyone! Been a hot minute but I trust your opinions a lot more than the roach facebook groups. I made a new bin for my dubia colony. They are both feeders and pets btw. The first one I did was too ventilated, it dried out so fast I feel like they were not thriving. I also heard they like it darker so I got a bin that was a solid opaque color instead of clear, put less venting on it, and made the substrate deeper. I use a blend of soil mix, eco earth, finely ground dried sphagnum moss, and a bit of aspen chips. This bin is kept on a shelf directly near the small space heater I u
  22. My orangeheads will pounce on food thrown near them. I guess they feel the vibration. They quickly spin around and grab whatever it is. I can even get them to attack non food items sometimes. Love those little hungry bugs.
  23. Finally, I decided to acquire this wonderful species of the subfamily Eumenophorinae! Since childhood, I dreamed of such a spider, for the first time I saw a small photo of it in a book about wildlife, however, it said that it was a spider from the genus Lasiodora But then I did not have the Internet to find information about this species. And only many years later I began to search the Internet for a spider from the genus Lasiodora, but naturally I did not find anything similar, since this is an Old World spider, even belonging to another subfamily. Quite by chance, I came across photographs
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