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  1. The high temperature and high humidity made the tank quite stuffy inside, I think that kills my giant caves, although other roaches did really well...
  2. I believe overcrowding will be a factor too if only I can get my colony ever start breeding Mine is a tiny colony with plenty of vertical surface, unlimited rotten wood and leaf litter supply. The only change which have brought up mortality is high temperature. Mine peppered roaches have exactly the same set up and conditions and they are all very healthy I may need to find a "cool spot" for my giant caves lol
  3. I've got a problem with giant caves since I've moved all my critters into a university rearing facility (which looks perfect for breeding arthropods). They were previously kept around 75F, and I was worrying that the temperature was not high enough. To my surprise those giant caves did very well with half a dozen molted to adult perfectly, with zero mortality. After I've move them to the current rearing room (with temp around 85F, it maybe higher than 90F in some sealed containers), all my other roaches and tarantulas seems to be much happier except giant caves. I've got a dramatic 100% mortality during the final molt. Then I replaced the lid with a mesh so the temp inside the tank dropped down a little (with humidity gone as well). Now the adults finally survive, with slightly deformed wings though. I'm quite surprised and frustrated 'cause all my other critters grow like weed in the same room. I've heard B giganteus being notorious for their mysterious death during final molt, now I wonder if it's temperature related.
  4. Nice work! Tarantulas may dig or spin more than you want, how about whipspiders?
  5. Maybe you can begin with a few Tarantulas... Not OBT or anything which jump and bite you at face, but mellow ones like Grammostola pulchripes, G. pulchra or Brachypelma albopilosum; start with a spiderling and you'll be impressed how gentle and delicate they are. The only problem is if you've overcome arachnophobia by that way you can't stop getting more T's...
  6. I have the yellow form. Just love it!
  7. Instead of fruits and veggies, you need to provide them a grain-based diet, such as wheat germ or CSB (corn soy blend) diet. You'll be surprised to see how those big leaf-eaters (cabbage loopers, tobacco hornworms, etc.) are raised on grain based diet in labs. If you wanna make your own blend, I'd suggest something very like dog pellet or rodent block, and give them fresh fruits/veggies now and then. I'd also give them plenty of rotten wood and dead leaves. There's research showed that many roaches prefer dead leaves to green plant tissues; remember they are more like detritivores than herbivores, closely related to termites.
  8. Male, I'd say maybe adult due to the coloration.
  9. I didn't know they have red heads! Ahhhh I have to get some
  10. Those are true bugs, of the family Thyreocoridae.
  11. Camponotus chromaiodes grows like wild fire, I have around 200 workers at that time. But Camponotus castaneus are picky, they refuse to take food most of the time.
  12. Beautiful colonies! I also had camponotus chromaiodes before, such a neat species. I don't have them any more since I've moved cross states...
  13. Love the picture of the nymph; my giant cave and peppered roach nymphs are always covered by dirt and hard to take a good picture...
  14. Most species of this genus is super rare and hardly studied. Since only males have the light it may related to competition or attraction, there's also possibility that they're Pyrophorus mimickers.
  15. You're right, but hunting is the most funny part... NC is a good place, still remember doing aquatic sampling at stone mountain... Good old days
  16. What? You never did a bug hunting while you live in FL? There're some dream species in FL which I can never start a wild-caught colony here in the North, such as Pogonomyrmex badius, Gonatista grisea and Thesprotia graminis. NC is a good place too, but then I moved to NJ... That's why I am rearing exotic roaches instead of hunting bugs now
  17. I also want them desperately when I see them available. But... damn the crazy weather up here
  18. Such a pretty... Is tiger rump a bad hair kicker? If not I'm definitely getting one (darn my sensitive skin)
  19. I've encountered TONS of them in the smoky mountain area.
  20. For the climbing issue, check here http://www.roachcros.../petroaches.htm Most roach species I have don't smell. I imagine if you can grab a roach without getting any unpleasant defensive odor, then the colony won't stink either unless there's a hygiene problem (especially when you have large colonies). A layer of vaseline is good enough barriers for most roaches, doesn't work on germans though. You're in southern China, get yourself a bunch of great native species! For example Opisthoplatia orientalis and Eupolyphaga sinensis.
  21. See if they can jump when disturbed; if not they may be mites.
  22. It is such a great time to see my first ?-mark adult pumping out! At first I've encountered serious mold problems which made me thought I'll never try dead-leaf feeders any more. All the leaves would become moldy in one or two days; and amazingly there were so little information about mold problems with dead leaves. The problem was solved by using bone dry substrate, but I feel sorry for the roaches. After a few months I noticed that there're some mites and spring tails developed in my B. giganteus colony, so I changed my ?-mark set up with those soils, then put leaves in. And guess what? No mold any more! And there're two tips I've got from that: 1, T. olegrandjeani can develop in bone dry substrate with a constant water source. However the nymphs love moisture; they all gather in the wet side now (I've made the other side dry). 2. Get some spring tails if you wanna start a leaf litter dwelling species. I think I've got my spring tails from rotten wood I've brought in. I must thank those little guys for giving me confidence in rearing leaf litter dwellers, can't wait for the spring to get more species!
  23. Arthropods are amazing. Once I've seen a post about a 3-legged tarantula grew all her legs back in a single molt.
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