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  2. Voile isn't too strong! It doesn't take a lot to pull that out of shape either, and I wouldn't use it without a backing of mesh or similar. I wasted a few patches of it, trying to pull them over the back of the plastic vents that I had. They're ventilating a tubful of Archimandrita tesselata at the mo, and I still have a slight worry in the back of my head about those big bruisers pulling the warp and weft wide. There were a couple of times when I wished I had a scrap of muslin instead, not a million miles from cheesecloth. Oh well, they're getting another home anyway because I underestimated how much height they need.
  3. I've been using grade 90 or 100 cheesecloth for some of my roach and mantid enclosures. It seems to work well so far. It's not as strong as voile or a mesh fruit bag, but it is considerably less expensive (~$10-15 for 30-45 sq yards). Just be careful not to stretch it or else it'll tear.
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  5. You've certainly piqued my interest. I had been trying to reduce styrofoam waste by melting it down in a jar of d-limonene, though this method sounds more up my alley. But mealworms give me hay fever and my last parcel full of packing peanuts were the biodegradable starch kind. Curse these environmentally aware internet sellers!
  6. I've only supplemented the adult beetles with fruit beetle jelly, but I think the meal beetle also eat styrofoam. I'm still testing this, but the mealworms seem to be living and pupating on just the styrofoam. Anyone (besides me) working with styrofoam and mealworms????
  7. Yeah I always just use the dry stuff and never bother mixing it up, the roaches take it just fine.
  8. My buddy @Bmaines96 sent me some, along with some other goodies last November.
  9. Very cool! Would love to have a sexually reproducing strain of this species in US culture! If only to see a giant male saussurei in person...
  10. I brought over 100 Polyphaga saussurei cockroaches from the Kyzylkum desert. These are adults and nymphs of different ages and sex. Females now systematically produce ootheca, which are incubated separately. I do not plan to sell my cockroaches, but my dream is to create a wonderful, full-fledged culture of this species, where there are both females and males. As far as I know, all existing cultures are parthenogenetic, so I have a unique experiment In the photo there is a male and a female from my collection
  11. @Hisserdude Those are adorable, where did you get them? Also check you inbox.
  12. both are still alive, but one is in really rough shape. just lying on his back moving his limbs in slow or jerking movements. I know it looks like he was poisoned, but I never introduced anything new into the enclosure and none of the others are acting sick. please help.
  13. These beetle breeding items are things you never see in the US (we just see the beetle jellies, holders, splitters and a few things) and some like the anti-mite bedding sound a little dangerous. I think the special substrate water is just water? Anybody use the orange gel beads or pellets?
  14. Thank you for the tip. I spray it down once a week, this enclosure collects humidity real fast and due to that, causes mold build up. They had a fresh spray down this morning. I have some very interesting news. One of mine has put his colors on and looks just like his mother(the halloween hisser) so far. I couldn't get a good pic of him. This new enclosure is round made with a stated "no-climb" thin plastic(they climb it with no problem). It's very shiny and he was right in the way for an inevitable flash. But I will definently get a pic if I find him in a good position. Edit: He darkened back up. Guess it was a shed, and maybe a sneak peak!
  15. Ok, thank you! Yes, he has darkened up and is on par with my tiger hisser in size. Very large roach! Hopefully I can get some pics with him and the other roaches some time.
  16. Huh? UCR Ivory? No such thing lol. There are two death's head strains in the US, "Orin" stock (stock that Orin McMonigle made available in the hobby), and the "UCR" stock (stands for University of California, Riverside). This looks like a freshly molted UCR, the white will darken a bit more over time. Apparently the "Orin" stock has "higher contrast in its colors and a very distinct pronotum marking, but is smaller and more skittish than the University of California, Riverside cultivar". The UCR strain is characterized by "its larger size, overall darker coloration, and less distinct pronotum markings", and by not being that skittish and better for handling. Somehow I think you got UCR death's heads (Blaberus craniifer) and Ivory roaches (Eublaberus sp. "Ivory) mixed up, there are no "UCR" Eublaberus.
  17. After sticking voile over a handful of vents, I discovered something else: mesh fruit bags. The material looks to be at least as fine as voile (actually designed to keep out fruit flies!) and a bit stronger too.
  18. I've seen that in one of the online stores I looked at. You bring up another point too: it might be easier to dole out portions of the dry feed.
  19. So, two of my adult male blaptica dubia seemed so be really close and touching each other last night. this lead to mating, but now one is acting completely fine, but seems to be experiencing some minor organ prolapse. the other, is acting very abnormal, such as standing on his hind legs and just standing there still, raising his arms up like a praying mantis. when I put my finger near him he starts waving his arms like mad. when I pick him up he beats his wings incessantly but has much difficulty walking at all. he also seems to be experiencing much more severe prolapse, with nearly all his internal genitalia pushed out, however, when I lightly touch it, he is able to pull it back in, where as the other cannot. I have them separated now, and I am sure there is not much that can be done, but any and all advice would be very helpful and very much appreciated. thank you.
  20. Very interesting, can't tell much from the photo but it would be very interesting to see what they look like when mature. If they really are Elliptorhina and Gromphadorhina hybrids then it is likely the genetic issues keeping them from thriving. I will say though that young hissers need more humidity than large nymphs and adults do, and that cage looks awfully dry. If there is no moist areas in the enclosure that could also be causing the deaths.
  21. Hi all, new to the board and enjoying looking into this hobby! So, I've read that hissers are bad feeders due to their tough exoskeletons and sharp spines on their legs, but does this apply to Halloween hissers as well? It seems like they may be "milder", with less armor and smaller spines. I'm thinking of keeping some as pets, and controlling the population by feeding them off to my T's and blue tongue skink. Also, I currently keep dubias, but their tendency to burrow can be annoying, forcing me to crush their heads before feeding. They also tend to freeze up when they sense danger, making for lackluster feeding responses. Would Halloween hisser nymphs/adults be less likely to burrow into substrate and/or freeze? Appreciate any experience you guys have to share!
  22. I use the powder Bee Pro sells and just spoon them a little bit of it each feeding, usually in a food bowl of some sort.
  23. I've a couple of palynivorous roach species on my grail list, so I'm looking up commercially available pollen substitutes around here. It looks like online beekeeping shops sell large patties, at least 1kg/2lb, that are designed to be opened and left out in beehives until they're done. Given that, and considering how long it might take a couple of starter roach colonies to go through 1kg of the stuff, can I assume it keeps well? A back-of-the-fridge kind of affair? The first alternative is dry feed sold alongside. It's more expensive! Though I guess it's cutting out a lot of the wet weight of the former product. The third option is the homemade recipes I see around the net. That has a similar issue of leaving a lot of stuff lying around, even if just the unmixed ingredients. And where do I get soy flour? Does it have to be soy flour? If you feed artificial pollen to your roaches, what do you swear by?
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