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  1. Earlier this week, I was presented with 7 middle aged nymphs Therea nuptialis (Gerstaecker, 1861). This species is very rare in culture, and for me, collecting Corydiinae, this is a very desirable acquisition. I hope that after the nymphs enter the imago, I will be able to get a sufficient number of ootheca and consolidate the species in my culture.
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  2. Technically they did. people get around it by saying things like: "I have such-and-such. PM me" As long as there isn't a price in the post or the words selling or buying, they can get away with it.
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  3. Just to inform that Invertebrate Dude has helped tremendously to get an ID on these roaches. Thank you! Based on the location, male to female size similarities, female ventral abdomen with short yellow hairs, also matching the description from the Perisphaerinae Revision Paper, he pointed out that he thought it is Perisphaerus punctatus. Now onto to get these established in the hobby. My colony is doing very well, and now I need to think about scaling up the enclosure. I like this setup a lot, its very practical and functions very well but it
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  4. Hello everyone, FlamingSwampert here! I just wanted to introduce myself. You may/may not know me from the Arachnoboards forum, or from many other places. I am getting into the roach hobby, so I decided to join this forum! I plan on getting many more species once it becomes warmer, but currently I only have Dubia Roaches. Other than roaches, I have a Painted Agama named Rocky, and a plethora of isopods, beetles, millipedes, and fish. I have also kept stag beetles and mantises, but all of my individuals sadly died. I love all roaches (and animals), but my favorite spec
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  5. Thanks! I already know that this is one of my favorite forums! I'm super hyped to roach-out with everyone!
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  6. December 2020 Invertebrates Magazine Issue This issue we begin with a relative freshman to Pachnoda culture introduced to us by Hes of Sklipkan arthropod magazine fame (sklipkan means spider, or more specifically tarantula, in the Czech Republic). Next, we look at culturing a pretty, little, Nearctic tortoise beetle, 2020’s imports of camel-spiders out of Egypt, and a contender for the largest of the terrestrial isopods, Titan A. E. (After Entomology as crustaceans have taken over the bug hobby). We review three decades of experiences keeping the heaviest non-colonial invertebrates on ear
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  7. Wow, super cool! Hope you can get them established and distributed!
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  8. Yeah, what @RosenKrieger said, people are getting around it by talking in code lol. Also, FB still lets some invert business pages post ads.
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  9. So nice to have another Perisphaerus in culture, I hope yours continue to do well for you! 😄
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  10. Hello everyone! I am a new insect-owner from Minnesota, USA. I was surprised on my last birthday with some Madagascar hissing cockroaches! I love insects and hope that these guys might be the first of many insects I own. My dream is to have a bunch of terrariums someday with all sorts of six-legged inhabitants - and it's possible I might have many more roaches on my hands at some point soon as I've got one male and three females. Was planning to stick to just females, but it was hard to tell their sex when I got them as they are sold as feeder insects in little containers with labels all
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  11. Super cool! I wish this species was in culture, so best of luck in getting them established! Their wings are pointer than other Therea sp. in the hobby, and their blotches look awesome (at least the photos on Google look nice)! Keep us updated!
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  12. OMG, I was JUST thinking about this species last night, hoping they'd be in culture one day! What a coincidence! Hope they breed well for you, and that they find their way into US culture soon!
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  13. Wow, congratulations! That is a very attractive looking species. I hope they do well for you, we need more specimens in culture. Thanks, Arthroverts
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  14. That's awesome! Best of luck with establishing your culture!
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  15. Here are my latest photos of this wonderful species. They were still terribly bold and courageous, but they did allow me more time to take better photos this time.
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  16. This is currently the smallest roach species in culture, with adults maxing out at around 4 mm. They can be quite prolific, and females pump out oothecae like crazy, (though they only contain around three eggs each). Here are some pictures of adult females: Here's one carrying an ootheca: Close up of an ootheca: And some first instars! 😁
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  17. Nice to see there doing good for you.
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  18. Nice! Small roaches (under 1 inch, with exceptions) aren't as appealing for me to keep as pets (harder to handle), but it's great to see that other people keep them. The 1st instars really look like termites (makes sense because they are related...)!
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  19. My male molted, into what I believe is a subadult... Either that or a small adult, I'm not sure TBH, do Elliptorhina adult males get the really fuzzy antennae like other hisser genera do? Also, note the loss of most of the abdominal tubercles, this is normal in male davidi, females usually stay bumpy even in adulthood though.
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  20. Some pictures of my female carrying her fifth ootheca: And a couple pictures of a different ooth, one that she didn't completely cover in chewed up substrate like normal because I spooked her while she was trying to do so:
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  21. The P Metallica has always been one of my favorite tarantulas. A couple months ago, I fulfilled my dream of owning one, and yesterday I was able to get one tattooed on me. I've been wanting this tat for years and it turned out pretty good.
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  22. Smeringurus mesaensis (the Dune Scorpion) is a sizeable arachnid that ranges throughout the Southwestern United States and Mexico. They get their common name from the habitats in which they call home - open deserts/dunes. Individuals spend the scorching daytime hours hunkered down in burrows and only emerge to go about life once darkness has fallen. Females generally outgrow males and measure up to approximately 3 inches in length at adulthood, making them one of North America's largest scorpions! If threatened, these animals will raise the tail end of their bodies high into the air, sending a
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  23. Yeah. It's so strange how some speices are distantly related, yet look so similar.
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  24. Wow... how big is he? From the pictures he looks massive!
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  25. I spread around as many as I could to the top breeders in the USA. Waiting on nymphs now before spreading any more around
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  26. Where did you get these from? I would really like to get my hands on some myself! Any updates?
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  27. A neat Panesthiinae species that's been in the US once or twice before, they never seem to stick around long though. Hopefully I'll have decent luck with mine! 🤞😅 Adult female: Nymph:
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  28. Good luck. Looking forward to updates.
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  29. A small Panesthiinae species, but a nice reddish color as adults. Hopefully my small group does well for me! 😁 Adults: Nymphs:
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  30. Well thank you both for taking the time to answer my questions. I think I'll start baking everything I use from here on it. I wonder if this could be why i lost a few colonies in the past. Though some that i lost i didn't see any evidence of fungi, but nothing else was out of place.
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  31. Noted. I don't use stuff from outside too often, so I'll stick to using the oven most likely
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  32. I just get whatever I'm sterilizing nice and wet, throw in in the microwave and nuke it for a few minutes, until it's all steaming hot through and through. Most other people boil or bake in the oven, which while it may take longer is probably a better, more thorough way of going about sterilizing your medium... It really depends on where you live I guess, I know some people have been using unsterilized materials from their yards and local parks and whatnot for years with little issue, but others (like myself) haven't had that same luck... All it takes is one leaf with spores of that harm
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  33. Sounds like Trichoderma spp. mold. MOST Trichoderma are harmless to roaches and feed on other molds or only on dead roaches, however I HAVE had one or two species of aggressive, protein hungry Trichoderma invade my collection via unsterilized materials before, and it's decimated some of my cultures... They attack the insects from within and slowly consume them, with individuals dying and usually spontaneously sprouting mold from within, out of cracks between segments and leg joints, mouthparts, etc... It essentially acts like a true entomophagous fungus, and thus I now sterilize EVERYTHIN
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  34. If you're not seeing it on any living roaches, then I'd say it's just mold growing on dead roaches opportunistically.
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  35. Hello, I have been railing about this for the last year....stop feeding poultry feed, medicated, unmedicated, organic, non-gmo....all of it. Poultry feeder manufacturers add a synthetic chemical known as DL Methionine which replicates the natural "methionine" found in the DNA of most if not all of God's creatures. Natural methionine is a needed amino acid protein....known as a "limiting" AAP because it limits the other AAPs found in nature's genetics. Imagine a wooden bucket made up of slats if you will, methionine is the shortest slat of the buck "limiting" its ability to hold water. If
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  36. No love for the nearly purple iridescence of Paranauphoeta formosana?
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  37. My favorite species that I've kept for aesthetic reasons are Neostylopyga rhombifolia and Archimandrita tesselata
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  38. Gyna centurio (pinks), eucorydia yasumatsui (blues and greens) and Hemithyrsocera vittata (yellows and reds) for me
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  39. It's been close to a decade since I've been on here. My life took a bit of a downturn and I got out of the hobby for a while. I've spent the last couple years getting back on my feet and I finally have reached the point where I could get back into the hobby. I was browsing around arachnoboards (after getting back into my old account) and found a reference to this forum and was able to resurrect my account. Currently keeping 5 tarantulas, hissing roaches, dubias, and a trio of N. Gordanus millipedes. Along with a ball python and 2 cats.
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  40. Hi all from north east of France, If beetles are a specialty since many years, roaches have always been present and they share this second interest with katydids. Thanks to accept me on the forum, sure that some very interesting things here with, perhaps, different approach than in Europe. I have Few species, Blaptica dubia, Aeluropoda insignis and Gromphadorhina portentosa, but I think to search 3 or 4 others but would like to find some specific species ; some ideas but I will see. In waiting, my 2 last species are very interesting to approach insect subject with children or adults, so i
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  41. Thanks for the welcome. I noticed the links in your signature and gave you a follow on IG and FB, btw
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  42. I own one of these! He is a grumpy little bastard. Really fun to watch though. When he is in a bad mood he charges around his enclosure with his tail held out just looking for someone or something to mess with. Takes out his anger on some moss and cork bark.
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  43. Yeah, so far I'm just noticing there are some species that aren't really around anymore and a few new ones. Looks like it's time to do some research and catch up. I just have to avoid the classifieds section for now, though. Luckily my wife won't mind new additions, but my bank account wouldn't be too happy with me. 🤣
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  44. Neat whip spider from TX. I only had one for a while, but I managed to collect 10 on a trip this week!
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  45. Some more pics I took before I shipped them out:
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  46. The magical moment of birth
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  47. The next generation is doing quite well. This is only a small fraction of the new babies.
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  48. A photo to give some sense of scale. As you can see they are pretty massive. I'm a guy in his mid-30's, so my hand isn't exactly small. You can see a female in the back.
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