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  1. I wish they had a picture of the holotype to accompany it! Interesting also that the CSF doesn't list orini as confirmed: http://cockroach.spe...nNameID=1178696
  2. I once found some small shiny green Carabids (I had found out the name but have since forgotten it) in my yard about 5-6 years ago. I was collecting isopods then and didn't think much of throwing them in with the isopods as I collected both. Months later I noticed my isopods were not thriving as I had been told they would; when I went to dismantle the colony I found it was full of the original carabid adults, their larvae, and also pupae in small chambers underneath the moistened soil. I would suspect that the adult carabids quickly eat any ova they may produce (a generalization for all specie
  3. Just thought I'd post a couple of multi-species combo enclosures that I have had success with for those interested in keeping multiple species but are tight on space. In the end, it seems that the best way to pick roaches for this sort of housing is to either pick those with different hiding preferences (burrowing vs bark-clinging) or drastically different sizes. Eurycotis lixa + Cariblatta sp. "Arcadia" Panchlora nivea + Aeluropoda insignis Pycnoscelus surinamensis + Blaberus craniifer "UCR" Hemiblabera tenebricosa + Panchlora nivea Parcoblatta fulvescens + Blaptica dubia
  4. It looks like a carpet or cigarette beetle... a better picture would be more helpful...
  5. I never noticed the horizontal striations on the oothecae before... That might be because my females like to cover theirs with all kinds of substrate and egg carton particles. lol
  6. Got one... Can't wait to use it when I go to Florida in a few weeks!
  7. I'm not new here but didn't quite know where to post this... After a long time hiatus of active posting, I'm just about ready to make my return to the forums! Many of you may know me from "back-in-the-day"; I used to be a prolific poster. Then... college and life kicked in. Now with things settling down a bit (namely, I may have a full-time job soon and I'm done with all that lovely "formal learning" stuff), I feel I can begin to return to my old regime, even if it's only bit-by-bit at first. So hello to all the new faces and breeders! I look forward to discussing roaches with you all! -Ky
  8. I second the above notion. Tiny Ectobiids can be excessively difficult. The smallest roach I've had luck with currently is... Well, C. l. lutea. lol
  9. Pycnoscelus surinamensis, Pycnoscelus nigra, Blatta orientalis, Periplaneta americana, Polyphaga saussurei, and Polyphaga obscura are all either entirely parthenogenetic or can reproduce that way if need be. I have observed Periplaneta australasiae reproducing parthenogenetically as well but the nymphs were extremely weak and did not live past the first instar.
  10. How could will the room be when you're not there? As long as it's above about 65 the roaches will be fine if left unattended.
  11. With most of these it's hard to get them to family considering we can't see the hide femora clearly. The leftmost one would appear to be a species of Neostylopyga however the shape of the mouthparts is much too pointed and it appears smaller. I would not rule out Periplaneta for the second individual but unless there's something off with the contrast it's much too dark to be P. fuliginosa. The next individual may be another Periplaneta. The last picture is of some Ectobiid but there are many species in that family. **EDIT- I would not be surprised if the first picture is a nymph of the specie
  12. I can second this for E. posticus; Personally I've only seen it in all the species listed above! I would be inclined to say Eublaberus sp. "Pantanal" also mates while teneral but I don't watch mine enough to see this.
  13. I was very fortunate to be interviewed by the Detroit Free Press, and the story even made the front page! I hope I carried myself in a good manner, and my goal the whole time was to preach the news of roachy goodness! http://www.freep.com/article/20130728/COL44/307280028/cockroaches-Kyle-Kandilian-insects-dearborn
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