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  1. I don't think Flamingswampert was offended but then I also don't know what his/her short, non-descript message meant. I think it meant ignore the chatter but it could mean feathers are lighter than stones. I don't remember anyone questioning the validity of the extinct designation before but of course we still can't prove big dinosaurs are extinct with 100% certainty. I recall a movie suggesting a lost world full of them is in the hollow earth beneath an artificial sun. There maybe some Simandoa there too.
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  2. I'd say remember to feed and water them regularly, it may not seem like great advice but care is usually the only really important thing. I also recommend this book: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Cockroaches-Husbandry-Biology-Blattodea/dp/1616464275
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  3. Congrats on getting this beautiful species! Though Orin and Peter are the definitive experts on them in the hobby, I've been keeping them for about 7 months now, with a fair amount of success. The starting culture I work with is quite large due to its long term purpose, but I know of people who have successfully been able to culture large amounts out of groups as small as six. You'll get anywhere from 15-30 babies out of one successful pairing, though god knows it takes a while. In most cases adulthood takes about 8 months to reach, and gestation ranges 3-5. I have been told however, that thes
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  4. Roachforum is the oldest of the existing invertebrate forums. Thanks to every member and especially Peter of BIC for keeping it alive. The costs and competing groups that come and go could easily have fizzled it out without such support.
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  5. Given how much Hissers climb I would not recommend a sliding lid at all. (Honestly I wouldn't recommend such lids for most roaches, I recently rehoused out of such a tank in fear of crushing nymphs). I have kept hissers without bug barrier or anything like that, and have done so either in a glass tank with a fit lid like this (with a sheet of mesh underneath the lid) or in a large foam sealed breeder bin. For the latter I will cut out the center of the lid and hot glue mesh to form a covering (ideally two layers). Depending on the bin, an additional sheet of mesh can also be placed between the
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  6. Hi all, I do research in animal behavior. I just finalized my first publication with cockroaches and wanted to share. See: https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4450/12/4/339 The article is open access, so its free for everyone. To give a simple summary, we studied the tendency of orange head cockroaches (my fav so far) to startle when lights are turned on or turned off. We call it the light-startle response (LSR). I'm really interested in how animals learned, so we used the LSR to study basic habitation learning. That is, the more you present a light-change stimulus, the less they respond to it. We
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  7. The primary thing to worry about with P.americana and cf. N. propinqua is just maintaining a moist environment - both won't do great in the long run if they're allowed to dry out too often. Rhyparobia cf. capelloi do swell with one moist corner and the rest of the enclosure dry. Not sure if you were looking for more info than that, but none of the species I mentioned are that tough, so there's not a lot more to add.
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  8. Definitely second getting For The Love of Cockroaches. Would also check out some of the species specific threads on this forum - theres a lot of information on each one you listed, and far too much too write up here.
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  9. I finally have six older nymphs Simandoa conserfariam, which I have long dreamed of (since they are Oxyhaloinae). I have no information on the cultivation and breeding of this species. The first imago appeared yesterday (presumably a male). Since I only have six individuals, I am very worried about preserving them and getting culture. Do you think there is a chance to get culture out of so many? And I would also like to hear recommendations from those who already have positive experience in breeding this species Here is my first imago:
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  10. wow! he really is gorgeous. congratulations. 🙂
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  11. Thank you so much, you really helped! And I just have to wait until at least one pair is formed
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  12. It's an internet phrase used to pay respects to someone/something that has died/is dying. Lol sorry for the confusion. S. conserfariam is probably my third favorite species, after B. gitanteus and A. insignis.
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  13. Apologies if this in any way seemed disrespectful, that was not my intent at all. Was this improper as a newbie to the forum? I assure you I had no intent to offend, I just see it keep coming up and wanted to help clarify.
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  14. This seems to continually come up on multiple forums, so let's hope this explanation is clarifying. The reason why many people claim that Simandoas are not extinct in the wild is because their status as such has not yet been recognized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The only reason for this is that the IUCN requires a minimum 50 year period between a species last sighting in the wild, and its declaration as extinct in the wild. This DOES NOT however, mean that this species does not deserve this status. Heck, the IUCN still hasn't officially recognized Northern
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  15. At the end of the week, a family of Reticulitermes lucifugus termites will visit me. I really love termites and have always wanted to have them in my collection. Previously, this was not possible, but now you can collect at least about a dozen species. I had experience (unsuccessful) with termites of this species, but there were few individuals (pseudoergats, larvae and soldiers) and they did not survive. Now, I was given a whole family with sexes and a large number of pseudo-ergats and soldiers. I really hope that everything will work out with them. Have you had any experience keeping termite
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  16. My first Ectobiid species under my care and a local species I have recently found. http://www.thewildmartin.com/blog/conservation-of-macau-wildlife
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  17. Don't tell @Dragozap, ha ha, he's always after more Reticulitermes. Do share some photos when they arrive though, such an interesting genus. Thanks, Arthroverts
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  18. Not while humans keep roaches in plastic jars ;D. Thanks, Arthroverts
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  19. Sounds great! Good luck with the p. horrida as well! Lowering the heater temp might slow them, but idk...
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  20. Malformations can be caused by overpopulation, molting stresses, and inbreeding (weaker genes makes the roach weaker, so the exoskeleton can be more easily damadged). You should probably add more vertical surfaces to provide more molting space, and try to lower the population. Adding more genetically distinct dubias could also help.
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  21. I think the ivory-head roaches would be fine. The three main Eublaberus (distanti, posticus, and ‘Ivory’) are all relatively similar in care. I have been using E. posticus in a 5-gallon bucket as blatticomposters since January 13th, 2020. They have been fine with high moisture and even weathered fly larvae infestations without problem (in the early stages, there were not enough to keep up with the waste supply and attracted flies). Mine eat just about anything, although they have a disdain for leafy vegetables. I have fed mine wood, old socks, paper towels, and some other strange things just t
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  22. I believe Peter got his culture from one of the discoverers of the species, and he confirmed that the cave was destroyed/thoroughly ruined.
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  23. Cockroaches are resilient and all, but their resistance to nuclear radiation is a bit exaggerated I think... If any animal group could be considered the "chosen ones", it's gotta be Tardigrades, those things can survive the vacuum of space and are quite radiation resistant.
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  24. Thanks Martin. I've always wanted to get an electronic version up but I couldn't convert the old files to something usable and didn't have anyone who would be able to host them. I'm not sure I would have the money and certainly not the time to build and pay for a hosting platform. Coachwhip gave the opportunity to get them up just a week or two ago. They are combined and translated from 2000.pub files (2 or 3 files per issue) and each file is 25-65 MB which you still can't send in an e-mail. The reason for multiple files and why the oldest ones have b/w pics in the text is the color ones took
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  25. Agreed... but yet again it seems the autocorrect has struck me down! And embarrassed me on the internet... I have no idea what it autocorrected to US, but I originally said "for the roach hobby" (at least before my computer decided that it writes better than I do)
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  26. Nice!! Sadly, hissing cockroaches are totally boring under blacklight, but in the process of finding that out, I did discover that dry-roasted peanuts fluoresce disturbingly well 0.o
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  27. Got the opportunity to draw some of my roaches for a school assignment These are just sketches, but I would love to do some nicely rendered art of them soon. I would love to see more art of bugs while I'm here! If any of y'all wanna share your art here, please do
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  28. Hey y’all! I actually love insect taxidermy and will do my best to help you out! In order to have insects in a display case like the one listed above, pins are still required, they are just removed before the final placement in the cotton-lined boxes seen there. Pinning may not be your desired look, but once your insects are pinned, the pins can easily be removed and your bugs will look magnificent as they are. There are two main preservation looks you can get with pinned insects: 1. Display style - Wings, legs, etc are spread out and posed in order to show the most aesthet
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  29. Orangeheads…..I have huge colonies that have never had supplemental heat. They actually generate their own heat.....
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  30. Yeah... I wrote a song lol! 😛 It's a comedic song about the Perisphaerinae revision that came out this year, directed towards people who still use the old names, (even when many of them have been informed of the changes). Watch it here Just to be clear, I'm not actually trying to insult or hate on anyone for using the old names, just trying to inform people in a (hopefully) funny way.
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  31. Not trying to get you to do criminal activity but if theres more and you don't have enough money to save them all, you can always bring in a backpack and save all of their lives, rather than having them die a slow death in the back of a store. Just a thought.
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  32. In my opinion, petstores should ONLY hire people willing to handle ALL of the animals they sell, and they should only hire people that actually know about the hobby, people with knowledge about what they are selling.
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  33. Strips, my tiger hisser Pancake, my flat horn hisser Kyle, my other flathorn hisser in respect to the person I got him from. Big ben, my first roach ( no idea why I named him big Ben it just came to me)
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