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Shon2

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  1. Made these into wallpapers if anyone is interested: https://sta.sh/07ea4zjiq2u https://sta.sh/01u933hl4mly
  2. Here are some example pics. If google drive doesn’t work or you need permission, just let me know and I will allow access to whoever wants to look at these This is the box I currently have of drying specimens: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19Aa3JatRtOqxmHqrWx4Kzay-ZIUwa1Yw The two beetles on the right as well as the dubia roach on the bottom left are drying “mummified” style, whereas the wasps, honeybee, and large rhinoceros beetle are drying “plumped” to look more lifelike. I have not started working on either of the butterflies, but just as a note, you cannot dip Lepidoptera in
  3. 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
  4. Thank you for the help! She is extremely dehydrated and looks quite a bit different than my other hisser, so you’re absolutely right, I think she’s a hybrid of some sort. We’ll see how this goes
  5. Today I went to Petco with my gf to pick up some supplies for our new adopted rats, and I happened to go through the reptile section / see the feeders, and I “saved” (stole) the only living hisser in the whole aisle. I just wanted to ask if there’s any health issues I should expect coming from Petco’s stock, and communicable diseases, or other concerns I should have before I introduce her to my colony. I use dubias as feeders for my leopard gecko, and I don’t want them to catch anything from this new roach, as I’ll eventually be housing them together as long as I can see that she’s not being a
  6. I don’t know of this will help, it my girlfriend vapes in the same room I keep my roaches, much to my surprise, and although it was unsettling at first, there have been no negative results as far as we can tell so far. It’s been about 6 months since I first found out she was vaping in their room. My roaches are still eating, breeding, and acting all around as they should. I would prefer she doesn’t do it around them, but sometimes she forgets and it happens. I’m sure an air freshener is chemically very different from a vape, but it acts in a similar fashion, spreading scented liquids around v
  7. I agree with the above user. It’s not uncommon for smaller or weaker nymphs to get eaten, but I have never heard of an adult being eaten by a litter/ other adult. Hopefully he is just hiding and will return to the surface soon. Many other people have individuals in their colony that like to scare them too, haha.
  8. Hey everyone i haven’t had time to draw just for me recently, so I was wondering if anyone here would be interested in some art requests. I would love to get more practice drawing bugs, so if you have a favorite species or a beloved pet, please share photos of them here. Hopefully during this upcoming spring break, I will have just enough time to sketch them all out. Examples of my work here: https://www.deviantart.com/shon2
  9. Can't wait to see what you post! Your work sounds very interesting and I'm happy to see another person who cares deeply about the environment. Although, that's not really hard to find here!
  10. Thank you so so much for this! I really appreciate it 😆 I would love to do some actual scientific illustrations, whenever I can get the time to sit down and draw for something outside of class, I'd love to do studies based off your work/ with similar intentions. Can you share your work here? I'd love to see it, but no big deal if you can't upload em.
  11. I love these! Your work is great, it looks very accurate to the cuties in the photos
  12. What is it about the legs that gives you trouble? :0 And what medium do you work in? I'm sure your art still looks pretty roachy, even if you see details that aren't completely accurate. The legs on my sketches aren't perfect either! :'D
  13. 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
  14. Looking for leftovers from fish stores might work! The driftwood sold there is comparable to cork, and typically doesn't mold as easily. It's not cheap, but it lasts longer and may be worth your time. I'd rather spend $10 on something that'll last a year than $5 on something that'll only last a month.
  15. Adorable profile picture! :D

    Do you remember who the artist is? 

  16. Absolutely beautiful collection you've got! How was your one poor roach shipped by usps? :'D I would hope they respect the "live animal" labels plastered across crates and such, but I know how some facilities can be >:[
  17. I guess my phrasing did push out a bit more anthropomorphism that I meant it to! 😂 At any rate, your collection is amazing. Also, sorry if I'm asking a lot of beginner questions (here or elsewhere), you just seem so knowledgeable and I'd rather ask than wonder.
  18. Haha, I meant exactly what I said! Some of the roaches I've helped care for at the Aquarium / the ones I keep myself seem to have little personalities... They come up for food and greet your hands when you lower them into the enclosure. Some will even groom your or eat from your hand instead of just grabbing the food and running. That being said... I don't have much experience with roaches as a whole and I wasn't sure if there were other species that acted like this, or if ours were just oddballs that are too used to people's interactions! 😂 Whatever the case, your new species is lovely
  19. Just curious / wanted to ask Not sure if the poll feature is working for me, I will edit this post or delete the thread if it's not working / taking up space for you guys.
  20. Very, VERY beautiful, I love that unique, waxy look they have. Are they friendly? I can't wait to see how they grow and develop over time.
  21. I realize that this is a really old topic, but I'd like to offer some help if you're still interested! Larger bugs like hissers have to be approached a little differently, and there isn't an end all be all perfect way to make them soft for good, but you can occasionally resoften an animal that has stiffened up over time. When I pin invertebrates, I tend to use a mix of vaseline and 90% pure rubbing alcohol to soften the animal. Soak some paper towels in the rubbing alcohol, squeeze out most of the liquid, and wrap it around the roach for a few days to let the alcohol seep into its
  22. Thank you so much! It's nice to be welcomed by someone so prevalent in the community. I've been looking around here and there for a few days and you seem to help out just about everywhere! I can't wait to get to know everyone a little better. And thank you for the warm wishes! I try to avoid getting political when I don't know how people will react, but yeah, this president sucks. The last thing we need right now is someone with such little recognition for the benefits of science and the protection of our environment! :'D Maybe one day they'll listen to us, haha
  23. Thank you! Both photos were of dubias, the younger of the two had some coco fiber stuck to her head/ legs from digging around earlier, nothing is wrong haha :'D
  24. Sorry if y'all are overwhelmed with all the photos, but I wanted to post some art too! I tried to avoid anything NSFW, but these are some of the more popular pieces from social media/ some of my personal favorites: Originals: Animal studies: School work: Fanart:
  25. Hello everyone! My name is Shon and I'm relatively new to the roach world. I never intended on keeping roaches as pets, but my feeder colony has grown rather friendly, and the little friends they live with have become some of my favorite animals to keep. I have a few pets: Moby (my rescued leopard gecko whom I started growing roaches for), Bambi (terrier mix dog), and my 20g fish tank, which has had a number of rescued fish in it and currently has my last 3 African dwarf frogs -Pumpkin, Jr, and Quasimodo, as well as a ghost shrimp. My roach colony has 2 species, Madagascar his
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