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  1. Nymphs are built like tanks, but are not very different from Lucihormetica nymphs. They have a yellow mask.
  2. A photo to give some sense of scale. As you can see they are pretty massive. I'm a guy in his mid-30's, so my hand isn't exactly small. You can see a female in the back.
  3. That's the fun part, nature is full of surprises!
  4. My bad, I'll try come up with something better next time
  5. @CodeWilster I will post more photos soon. I just wanted to start this thread and show you guys the males.
  6. @Hisserdude I just checked Morgan Hebard's original description of H. apolinari from 1919, there is no explanation given for the species name (and that is a bit unusual)
  7. @Redmont hahaha I feel that it would benefit from mentioning the male's horns, after all this is what the genus Hormetica is named after.
  8. No "-less" in common names!!! It makes no sense.
  9. @Redmont Nah, why take all the fun to myself. The good people here will come up with a good common name. As long as it is not "Glowspot-less Roach" I will be fine with it.
  10. New species in the hobby, new genus to be more exact! They are similar to the mega glowspots in size and care, but their appearance and behavior is a bit different. They also seem to grow much faster.
  11. I have to agree with @Hisserdude here. High prices often reflect rarity, difficulties in establishing a captive colony, or an initial personal investment in obtaining the species. But hey, if you don't like it you can always book a trip to South America and look for the same species yourself!
  12. These will be on sale. I almost never do trades, and only for very unusual or uncommon species. Better start getting a colony of those Corydidarum magnifica going...
  13. @Redmont I will be offering some nymphs for sale very soon.
  14. EDIT, Nov 2019: In light of new information, this species is NOT Hormetica apolinari, but Hormetica strumosa. A little less-showy than their relatives, Lucihormetica, these are a new addition to the hobby. What they lack in glowspots they make up for in size, robustness, the presence of prominent horns in males, and behavior. They are also quite prolific. Hands down one of the most rewarding species to keep.
  15. The topic is about beetles, and it is a very important discussion. Most cultured beetles species do not require flight display as a prerequisite for mating (there are insects out there that have a courtship flight display, butterflies are a good example, but also flies, dragonflies, and even some beetles like fireflies). More specifically, Cetoniinae are excellent fliers, but they will do just fine even in a closed space. And they breed willingly. However, if your intention is to build an educational display to showcase the beetles' flight abilities (an idea I played with a lot), then yes you would definitely need a small netted room for them to perform their maneuvers. Butterfly farms, by the way, do not avoid the problem of adults beating themselves up against the mesh walls. I take it you haven't been to a lot of butterfly houses then. There is always a subset of adults (those that are not busy courting/mating/feeding) that fly to the corners of the netted cage and exhaust themselves by trying to get out, sometimes to death. It is a calculated risk for the butterfly farm, and they produce so many adults that no one pays attention to a few beaten ones. By the way, many roaches are flighty in the wild, not just Megaloblatta. You might be surprised to hear, but male Polyphaga aegyptiaca for example are frequent fliers in their natural habitat, entering homes and surprising people while taking a shower.
  16. @Hisserdude @WarrenB I do ship internationally. By the way, I think BugNation is dead now - it's gone.
  17. @dactylus @Andee you can shorten the waiting time and get a group of these now, just sayin'
  18. Yeah well, I am an entomologist with taxonomy on my interests so that is pretty accurate.
  19. That is not what being a collector means. If I stumble upon something interesting it is always research first, and then if there are extras due to breeding they can go to academic institutions or into the hobby if anyone is interested. I see the term "collector" more as someone who collects everything, like stamp-collecting. That is not what I do (unless I am hired by a natural history museum to survey an area, in which case everything collected is killed and preserved for the museum). Most of the time I am VERY selective.
  20. I am actually not a collector.. but I do like to look into and describe new species that I find during work
  21. Well, this is why you need to experiment. PB does work for some species, might not work for others. Or maybe in the Middle East they have a more salty tooth.
  22. @Tleilaxu be careful, PB will also attract other things (ants, rodents). Not sure how effective it will be for roaches if placed out in the open. I would not expect to see the blue roach anytime soon in the hobby. Finding these obscure species takes time.
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