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  1. Hey Hisser! was googling about something on my cannabis plants, and somehow stumbled upon what these little dudes might be… (Minute) Pirate Bugs 🏴‍☠️ they are omnivorous and primarily eat smaller inverts/larva/eggs and will also drink sap. they can/do bite humans… ”Minute Pirate Bugs (scientific name: Orius insidiosus) are all around us most of the time, and we don’t even notice them. These tiny black bugs are beneficial insects, abundant in yards, gardens, woodlands, pastures, and farmlands. Pirate bugs are Hemiptera (true bugs) and members of the insect family Anthocoridae.”
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  2. so cape cod roaches FINALLY shipped my centurion nymphs. I currently house other species of roaches and beetles, but have not housed any of the Gyna species. I`m pretty sure I know what to do, but I paid nearly $50 (including shipping) for 5 nymphs and I want to have the best chance at success with raising a colony. especially since in my experience nymphs of pretty much all species tend to be much trickier than the adults. once they make it to full maturity you tend to relax a little, but until then there are just so many things that could go wrong. any and all help would be much appreciated!
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  3. thanks! I have been doing pretty much all of these things as they just arrived two days ago. the only thing I don`t have a lot of is dead leaves but I have some as that is partially what their substrate consisted of in the container they arrived in. I think I just get a little too paranoid sometimes.
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  4. *UPDATE* I'm on my 2nd generation of mealworms, that have been raised on mostly pure styrofoam, I say "mostly" because I would give small portions of other food every month or so, mainly for the meal beetles that started emerging. I did find that meal beetles will eat some styrofoam, but they don't survive well on it alone and I don't believe that they break it down or compost it, like the mealworms do. This next time around, I will remove pupa and meal beetles into another container. I plan to feed the meal beetles normal fare (fish food, fruits, and I will attempt at seeing if they will compost leftovers from foods that I eat) while feeding the mealworms only on styrofoam. I added about 100 more mealworms to the group (yesterday) to try and get 2 generations going at the same time. Last of all, these links were sent to me, and I will now share them with you. They are about SuperWorms composting styrofoam! https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/beetle-larvae-can-survive-on-polystyrene-alone-67251 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969719352258 If you are using mealworms or superworms to compost styrofoam, post up your experience!
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  5. So I'd like to set up a roach bin for blatticompostng. I culture some earthworm species but they don't consume very much and I've heard roaches can be pretty quick and handle larger volumes of food. Who has experience with this? Any tips or tricks? If so, what species have you used and how do you keep them? Thanks!
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  6. All relative sizes should be correct as I tried to maintain same reproduction ratio while taking the photos. If any mistake exist, should be really minor.
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