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  1. 4 hours ago, emmett said:

    hello! havent been as active on here due to my chronic illness taking a short turn for the worst. in a week or two will be the one year anniversary of getting my first hissers and im going to do a general update on all my roaches later on.

    anyways, the point of this post was to ask this question: what is the part called that goes over their heads? that part of the exoskeleton that sort of sits over their heads like the bill of a baseball cap. on hissers its the part where their  lil 'horns' are. i refer to it lovingly as the helmet but i was wondering if there was an actual term for it. please feel free to ask me to clarify if my explanation doesn't make sense LOL

    Dang, sorry to hear about your health. :( 

    Anyway, the part of the anatomy you're talking about is the pronotum. :) 

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  2. 1 hour ago, 8733K3R said:

    Thanks for the reply, i figured it was but wanted to make sure. it was a test run so no bugs were cooked. i unplugged the small heating pad after my first post, added some weather stripping around the doors and placed everything into the cabinet, the temp has settled to 85-87°F. guess i didnt need the small one at all

    That is even on the highest side for roaches, but I know a few hobbyists who keep their collections at about those temps and things go fine, so you should indeed be good now. :) 

  3. 5 minutes ago, emmett said:

    Interesting! I didn't see anything about that!

    Yeah, I only learned through a discussion is a roach group on Facebook. Apparently it is a "natural heritage" species in Africa and only found within a national park, so there are many walls around it from entering captive culture. lol Even so, I believe a few people overseas were trying to culture it a year or so back, but I don't think they ever got far.

    If they ever were to become established in culture, they'd surely contend for prettiest roach in the worldwide hobby, I can tell you that much.

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  4. 1 hour ago, Marlon said:

    I got a local Colorado darkling beetle to breed recently, not identified yet  but a little bigger than mealworms.  Still, rather boring except the one time the ants invaded.  Hope they are ok.  The Goliathus species AAA is talking about look interesting.  I have seen darkling beetles eat live pray once. 

    Most exciting for me right now is I just started breeding grasshoppers, Melanoplus bivittatus.  I have lots of eggs now.  Gotta figure out what is next.  Still, most of the day they just sit there looking stoned, then once in a while a male starts twitching and following a female around.  Breeding may take 10 hours... taking that long its not exciting.  

    Also trying black soldier flies.  Love watching them eat, I let them loose in a room in the house, they like landing on people, and some managed to get outside.  But no mating yet despite my attempts to create a romantic ambiance. 

    Very nice! Do you have a picture or a description? I may be able to help with the I.D. :) Dang, I hope they're ok too!?

    Wow, really? What was the prey item and what was the darkling species?

    Awesome! I'm actually trying to get some Romalea eggs to hatch right now. :) I bet that those eggs would like a nice cool down to at least the 60 or so degrees for a couple months to induce hatching.

    It's just a guess, but I'm going to guess that people don't like visiting your house much. ? 

  5. 1 hour ago, Axolotl said:

    Something like that! I usually just put the interlopers outside or give them to one of the loose house spiders. I have a "live and let live" policy on arachnids in the house; there's a few in each room, which has really turned out to be a benefit. When my pallid nymphs recently decided that freedom sounded better than the box, the half dozen false widows in the bug room did a really nice job of wrangling the escapees. LOL. It must sound like my house is a nightmare, but like I said, it's mostly underground so we get a lot of visitors, including blue spotted salamanders when it rains. Probably would horrify most people, but I don't mind - it's the price you pay benefit you get from living in a hobbit house. ?

    I hand-pick the F. auricularia I keep from the visitors and the gardens. I'm trying to breed for really long forceps, so I keep my eye out for the standouts. Right now I'm mostly toying around with setups, seeing what works best/is the easiest. I'll be sure to share my insights down the road.

    Ah, ok. lol I personally am fine with spiders anywhere, but the invert room. I have seen them set up shop in my both my little garbage can and a few actual enclosures. I also can't have them in every corner of the room because if something valuable gets loose (the case a good portion of the time), I can't have it get eaten by some random spiders. ? Unfortunately my house only has a hobbit door. LOL

    That's a neat project; I certainly saw a little variation when they used to run rampant in the yard of my previous house. Same here; I'll be testing out to see if E.arcanum like some sand mixed with coconut fiber for constructing actual chambers/tunnels and such or if they are sensitive to commonly available sand like roaches and should just have a chunkier, sandless substrate. Sounds awesome!

  6. 8 hours ago, Axolotl said:

    I'm really falling in love with them quite quickly... Though I have had some time for them to grow on me.

    I live in a berm house that's half underground, so Forficula auricularia are a common sight in the house (along with frequent Parcoblatta ?).This was an especially good year for the 'wigs so I've been waking up to them in my bed, on the counters, in my clothes, you name it. I'm trying my hand at those as well... The trick will be the winter. I think I'll put one group in diapause and let one stay at temp to see which fares better. 

    I guess we also get Doru aculeatum so I'm keeping my eye out for those. 

    I could see earwigs catching on, especially as feeders. My beardie hunts them vigorously when he's outside and I uncover a nest. They must be close enough to the termites they eat in the wild that it triggers a crazy frenzy. I've never seen him go that nuts for any other food, even mantids. 

    If you ever want to trade /sell some of the maritimes, I would be thrilled to death. I've had my eye on those. I like that they're coastal... Something different! 

    Yea, it's easy to love their very interesting habits and behaviors for sure. :) Not to mention that there's a handful of species that are quite impressive in appearance.

    Do you like......just pick them off of your bed, counters, and from out of your clothes and drop them in a breeding container? ? Interesting experiment and I'd be curious to know the results; I'm pretty certain that they're like isopods though and don't require the cool period that they'd normally experience in the wild.

    Very nice! Doru taeniatum would be on my wish list if they couldn't climb and fly so well. lol

    Interesting, good to hear another account of the Europeans being good for use as feeders; I heard that Euborellia arcanum are at least thought to be toxic to other inverts. I guess I'll have to test that out sometime for myself.

    If I am able to breed them, I'd definitely make some available. :) 

  7. On ‎8‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 8:09 AM, Axolotl said:

    I've been keeping E. arcanum and they are great fun. The females make rather large breeding chambers against the glass, so you can see everything as she moves and grooms the eggs. My first clutch just hatched and it's been so intriguing to watch her caring for the tiny nymphs. The nymphs are only 3-4 mm and white — they look like giant temperate springtails.

    Milkweed bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) are another newcomer. Not sure if they're really popular in the hobby, but they've been used in educational settings for some time now. They are rather easy to keep. I'll definitely be hunting for some this fall.

    Very nice to hear more people are getting into earwigs! They're really an underappreciated and undercultured group, but I bet that has something to do with there only being like 10 species in the U.S and only a couple of those being particularly impressive. They're so awesome aren't they? :) I was breeding them for about a year before temps got too hot in the invert room and they all baked to death. :( Very excited as I have received an even larger species, Anisolabis maritima, recently and will be getting the Euborellia back again next week!

    Culturing methods for O.fasciatus have been around for a while now it seems, but I think the interest is just really lacking; I don't know a single person who is breeding them at the moment. I agree that they are very intriguing little things though and I'd definitely be breeding them if I had more space and a smaller wish list. lol

  8. Welcome! No worries, I was simply a lurker for a while there too. lol

    It is indeed large enough for a single roach and even the smallest size would do. You would need to add some Vaseline or another barrier around the top though to keep it from escaping if it's small enough to fit through and/or it's a WC adult female that could be pregnant and have young. You would also probably need to mist every day or so since American roaches should never have their substrate dry out, especially in habitats with high ventilation such as these.

    The "Care Guides" section on Roachcrossing.com contains a good general husbandry guide and "For the Love of Cockroaches" goes into great depth on many aspects of their care as well as detailing individual species. Other than that though, this great community of roachers are usually pretty good at answering questions as well. ;) 


  9. 2 hours ago, Chimera said:

    Yeah, that's kind of what I figured. Thanks for your answer! ?

    No problem! Pretty fortunate if you ask me; if they were crossable, I'm almost certain the hobby would be ran rampant with hybrids as it is with certain genera of cockroaches.

  10. 7 hours ago, Matttoadman said:

    So is there anything new out there on the horizon? Any new types of inverts getting ready to make a splash? Any positive changes to restrictions?

    I'm on a mission to try and breed a number of flower and darkling beetles currently and things aren't going as well as I had hoped (some of my darklings got a harmful fungal infection someway or another), but if I'm successful, there will be many beetles more easily accessible on the market. Have you heard that Goliathus goliatus, Goliathus regius, and Goliathus cacicus are now legal to own and ship in the U.S? There is a report of a new and easy method for breeding Asoblus verrucosus, but I need to see if it works with my own eyes. A couple species of pill millipedes are starting to be bred in the U.S. A very pretty species of U.S harvestman will hopefully be entering culture soon, Dalquestia Formosa. An impressive species of earwig is already pretty established in the hobby, Euborellia arcanum, and a few even more impressive species should be joining in soon as well!

    7 hours ago, Matttoadman said:

    Isopods are just meh. 

    Have you seen all the exotic species that have entered culture recently? I wouldn't exactly call them "meh". ? 

    7 hours ago, Matttoadman said:

    Reproducible, able to observe most of the animals behaviors. and preferably a predator. These are the qualities I am looking for. Would mantids and Hemiptera fit these qualifications? Suggestions please.     Matt

    They would indeed! I personally would much recommend hemipterans over mantids though as even though mantids are pretty much an experience like no other, I personally have found them VERY hard to keep alive. You might find them easy though, I don't know; I just always fail for some reason. lol With Hemiptera you still have a good amount of options that fit your criteria - predatory stinkbugs, assassin bugs, ambush bugs, certain species of water bugs, etc. I don't exactly know how easy the ambush bugs are to breed though since it's just never really been attempted except maybe once. 

    Darkling beetles also make a good match, but they aren't predatory.

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