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  1. Very, very true; there are some that mimic mites, have bright colors, robust, spiky, or porous-looking bodies, and even Amblypygi-esque raptorial arms! I have a feeling that people just tend to ignore everything that isn't of much use as a cleaner or feeder and isn't huge and flashy unfortunately. I've always been interested in these less noticed inverts though and hope to bring many new types of them into culture such as pseudoscorpions, unique springtails, earwigs, darkling beetles, and harvestman as they're definitely worthy of their place in the hobby as well. Thank you!
  2. I thought the exact same when I first saw them; I immediately took a screenshot and labeled it "CRAZY HARVESTMAN"! ? Interestingly, I've actually seen people refer to them as the Halloween harvestman. lol Well first I have to manage to get my hands on some, but then we can see. ?
  3. Schultesia lampyridiformis have a very quick lifespan, according to "For the Love of Cockroaches" seldom living for more than 6 months and also giving birth about once every forty five days.
  4. Welcome man, was wondering if you'd ever make a formal introduction post. ? Awesome goals; I haven't come across many hobbyists as dedicated as you are and I would certainly say that the future of the many rare species you own rest in excellent hands! ?
  5. Very nice, I love tropical harvestman! ? Although there's little chance of any of them entering the hobby soon, there is a very pretty native species that I'll hopefully be able to try my hand at breeding this year, Dalquestia formosa. https://bugguide.net/node/view/450463
  6. Yep, I've observed this occurance in Parcoblatta pennsylvanica and I bet the same could be true for some other winged roaches as well. Hmm, just slightly on the cooler side then. Exactly how dark is your adult? I kept mine a bit colder than that (at the time the warmest things got were around 70 F I believe) and my adults were nearly solid black so I assume yours might be a bit lighter in color? Now that I'm keeping mine on the warmer side, I'm not seeing any black or even mostly black adults.
  7. Congrats! They're so impressive, right? Darker wing coloration seems to be directly related to nymphs maturing in colder temps, if you were wondering. ?
  8. Out of the species I have kept, I'd say that out of everything, I have a particular fondness for Eurycotis spp. They have the very odd combination of a large size combined with the "Classic" roach body style and often present dazzling coloration. Out of the Eurycotis that I've kept, I'd sat that Eurycotis opaca "Jaruco" is probably my favorite followed closely by E.decipiens. Although some other things that I keep are more interesting/cooler in general such as Lanxoblatta rudis and Dorylae orini, but they don't reach the top of my list because of they're highly increased difficulty of re
  9. What, what's this? A new post??? YES, THE UNBELIEVABLE HAS HAPPENED! Check it out to get an overview of pretty much the invertebrate hobby's only magazine (created by our very own @Allpet Roaches) and a special announcement concerning a free giveaway! http://allaboutarthropods.blogspot.com/2018/04/knowledge-with-hint-of-arthropods.html
  10. Ah, but remember @Cariblatta lutea's dog food method that can get nymphs of at least T.olegrandjeani to adulthood in 6 months?
  11. Oh @Hisserdude, how you've changed. Pre-roachist Hisserdude - "I love most roaches, the only ones I am not interested in are some of the feeders, just because I need bigger cages for those, and a few species that I don't think are going to do well in my collection."
  12. Yeah, I paid about $25 for mine, but I've seen cheaper. Probably wouldn't have even bought one myself if I didn't have a huge 250 watt heat bulb warming everything, which could easily scorch the inverts if arranged slightly too close. lol
  13. Temp guns are pretty cheap if you ever want to get exact temps on any of your enclosures.
  14. This substance only appears on hissers after they molt to adulthood and is perfectly normal. Some think it has something to do with desiccation prevention.
  15. Moving while maintaining an invert collection suuuuuccckkks. http://allaboutarthropods.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-moving-massacre.html
  16. @Test Account So if I'm getting this right, the challenge is to lick a cave-dwelling roach and see if you get sick?
  17. This is exactly what keeps me from getting P.australasiae!!! Not *as likely* to infest your house.
  18. Haha, I've watched this video at least 5 times already. Definitely some of the best footage of this species out there!
  19. Wow, so odd! The nymphs are like dalmation-colored Lanxoblatta rudis, but the adults (minus the pronotum) are very similar in appearance to Eublaberus!
  20. Right back at you! If last year was any sort of sign, I think you're right!
  21. Just in time for the New Year, a new post featuring a big change for the blog! Happy New Year's and I hope you guys enjoy! http://allaboutarthropods.blogspot.com/2017/12/gone-with-old-in-with-new.html
  22. Yep and believe it or not, the majority of the Spanish species just made it into the U.S hobby late last year/early this year........very thankful that we now get to experience such awesome creatures in person! Haha, yeah, they are some pricey little (well, not for isopods, I guess ) inverts. In fact, I probably wouldn't even have the species that I do if I wasn't able to trade for them. lol No problem!
  23. Yea, people always recommend differentiating these two species by counting the pairs of pleopodal lungs, but I tell you, I've never seen P.scaber with the type of mottling, texture, or presence of the two vertical stripes as seen on T.rathkii.
  24. Nope, not a typo. lol I've currently got a few P.expansus "Orange" individuals that I'm trying to start a culture with and a couple are already about 1 inch (not including uropods) and they're only slightly over half way grown. The various Spanish Porcellio spp. are the largest you're going to find with Porcellio magnificus standing on top at 2 inches or slightly longer. Porcellio hoffmannseggi, Porcellio hassi "Super Giant", and Porcellio expansus "Orange" are some of the other notably impressive Spanish isopods as far as length goes (although nearly all of them are larger than the bigge
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