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Landy Tomiln

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  1. How about 500+? That was my first inclination as I've ordered all my insects from Peter. He's been very accommodating and I appreciate his degree of communication. I contacted him about the larder beetles that bugsincyberspace is currently selling, but he said, "I don't think they are as ravenous as some other dermestids possibly on the market. You might explore around for the ones you're probably really looking for." I found pretty good deal for what I'm getting on ebay from hobby taxidermists.
  2. I'm going into Taxidermy and I'm starting my first ravenous colony of taxidermist grade dermestid beetles this summer. The adult Dermestid Beetle gets to be almost 1/3 of an inch long. Would 200+ Dermestid Beetles fit in a 5.5gal tank?
  3. That substrate sounds phenomenal. I just have coconut fiber down there right now. But I know they would enjoy a higher variety of organic matter.
  4. Penny Joe shed the other day. He's so plump and orange.

  5. I love the branch idea. Fun and arboreal.
  6. The smallest of my D. Paulinoi died of handling stupidity today. I'm sorry roach world.

  7. I'm thinking about a mantis... I want a pet that can fly :)

  8. Absolutely stunning! Is it like a desk ornament?
  9. I'm trying to get a feel for the magnitude of foreign species of cockroaches' potential to invade an ecosystem. If a roach owner were to set their captive bred, supposed tropical species free into the wilderness of Colorado, what is the level of potential danger? What would happen?
  10. That sounds agreeable. I just needed a second opinion. Thank you!
  11. I obtained a job at the Insectary :)

  12. All my roaches arrived in the mail!

  13. The larger container is a half gallon bigger. It looks like I could manage to keep the L. subcincta in one of the smaller containers, but adding more substrate. And the D. paulinoi would fit in the other container of the same size. And if B. craniifer are getting to be as big as 60mm, perhaps they should go into the larger container?
  14. I just purchased 7, 18-count styrofoam egg cartons to use in my roach enclosures, thinking they were pulp. But when the bid ended and after I paid, I realized the miscommunication. And there's no returning something as measly as an egg carton. Would including a styrofoam egg carton in a cockroach enclosure compromise the health of my babies?
  15. How big do these species get? I have three enclosures, two smaller and one larger. The amount of roaches per species is listed next to each. L. subcincta (2) B. craniifer (2) D. paulinoi (4) The obvious arrangement would be to keep the four ornate velvets in the bigger container. More roaches = more space, right? But I'm also considering keeping the glow spots in the bigger container, including more substrate for them to burrow around in. But only if the ornate velvet adults are approx. less than 1" in their sexually mature state, where four roaches of this size could remain cozy in a close-fitting space What do you think?
  16. I'll definitely take a look. Sounds like an adventure!
  17. I really love this forum. It's nice to be able to geek out with fellow bug buffs.

  18. Yes. Yes. This is true. Termites undergo simple metamorphosis like cockroaches; egg, nymph (a series of instars), adult. And ants, being hymenoptera, undergo complete metamorphosis; egg, larva, pupa, adult. I forgot to mention that there is also a difference in the coloration between termites and ants. Termites are much lighter in color due to the fact that they spend more of their time underground. They don't have to scleritize as dramatically as the ant, who likes to forage above ground and in the sun
  19. I just covered Blattodea and Isoptera in my entomology course this morning! Such a coincidence! I can underline the differences between the winged ant and the winged termite for you. Ants possess elbowed antennae, a "pinched" waist and have wings of uneven size. Wings of termites are equal in size, their antennae are beaded and they have a broad attachment between the thorax and abdomen.
  20. From the perspective of an apiarist, pollen is a wonderful feed for any type of insect! Bee pollen has shown that it is made up of about 40% protein, with more than half of the protein load made up of free amino acids which are readily absorbed by the body. In all, bee pollen contains 96 known nutrients, including every single nutrient that’s needed to sustain life. What the "type" specifies is what kind of flowers that the bees took their pollen from. So if he says that the pollen was collected from citrus, it wouldn't be much different from feeding your roaches an orange, except for the super hit of nutrition that you're getting from direct pollen instead of waiting for the flower to fruit and ripen. Plus, pollen is a lot easier for a small mouth to digest. So basically, your only concern is if your roaches have a preference for the flavor of oranges. Though, honestly, even if your roaches don't like citrus fruits, they may actually prize citrus pollen. There is no downside to experimenting with different types of pollen Celebrate bees!
  21. Um, so yeah... Lady Gaga is fabulous. Just saying.

  22. Were they just recently classified in Blattodea? I would assume that they were a breed of hymenoptera... But if MantisMan says they don't undergo complete metamorphosis... Sorry. Rambling, blah! Obviously, I would love to know more! Welcome darling termites!
  23. I am a soon-to-be new roach owner of L. subcincta and B. craniifer couples. And possibly four D. paulinoi. Should I put more substrate with the L. subcincta so they have room to burrow?
  24. I am a soon-to-be new roach owner of L. subcincta and B. craniifer couples (4 total). I had originally planned to house them separately, but can't find the second tank that I had. Would it be fine to house them together in a 1 gallon tank? Or should I buy another tank? Thanks
  25. And the ice trays aren't too small or deep for the roaches?
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