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  1. Thanks guys Part of the thrill is catching them myself, though I do typically catch and release since I don't want to introduce them to my colony in case they have insecticide or something on them. I'm just mainly out to get photos at this point I do think we'll be spending more time in Key Largo, since I've only gotten to see they Keys at night!
  2. I figured an invasive species of insect is different? Esp. since I'm not leaving the state. I was mostly thinking the Keys area.
  3. I'm going to the Keys for my birthday on the 21st, and am hoping to catch some banana roaches and other species. Any tips on optimizing my success? Best places to look, best time to search, etc.? I know they're drawn to light and fruit. I'm also hoping to grab some more skunk roaches, which I have found mainly in leaf litter around trees and on or around the trunks of trees at night. I'm super excited. Thanks for any tips!
  4. Currently excited to go to the Keys to find banana roaches

  5. Wow, really? Thank you! I wish I had something better than a digital cam to work with, but I try
  6. Ghost in the fog... a spooky white-eyed American cockroach after molting. ...A little later... A nymph: And some feeding (this image was when I kept both black eyed and white eyed p. americana in the garage. Sometimes nymphs of the black eyed variety would sneak in, and I didn't want them cross-breeding, so I don't keep them anymore.):
  7. I've kept them for about 6 years now and keep finding more around my house, friends' houses, parks etc. It seems that sometimes the nymphs decrease in number as they get older, perhaps they cannibalize or escape, I can't figure it out, but few reach adulthood. Perhaps they need a larger container? They love oak leaves, I can almost always find dozens hiding around oak trees here. I notice they also seem to do better in dryer habitats and I find them mostly in dry, but dark areas. I also adore their chemical defense odor... probably one of my favorite smells! But man it stinks like nothing else after they die...
  8. So lovely. And though I've read they're smaller than the typical p. americana, they seem to be just about as big as my other non-white eyed. Also, has anyone found out for sure what causes this mutation? I've only read that it's a natural occurrence. I love them SO much, they look so ghostly and beautiful! I may be strange for this, but p. americana has a special place in my heart. They are one of the most simplistically beautiful roaches in my opinion.
  9. It's awesome to finally have a name for both these species! They were some of the few I have saved in my folder titled "mystery roaches". Most of the ones I have there are from Costa Rica or Malaysia. These are very lovely.
  10. "...but there is just no substitute for actual experience." I fully agree with this
  11. Gorgeous millipedes! Also, I was told to be careful hunting in Florida. Their gov't is pretty non-specific about where they wage their war on mosquitoes; the local reptile shows discourage the use of found insects as feeders because of excessive public/private pesticide run off ending up in water sources well away from the treatment site.
  12. Wow, it's interesting to hear that about wing biting. My orange heads are in a large tank with many hides, but they still would bite down each others' wings almost halfway gone or even practically bare. when I threw in more dog food, the wing biting seemed to have stopped dead in its tracks and now any adults just have mild nibble marks on the edges even though there are WAY more in the tank now than there were pre-dog food feeding. I still feed them pretty much the same amount, I've just added a bit more protein and if anything haven't fed them as much of other things. I know for a fact that they prefer dog food above ANYthing else...
  13. Wow, I'm completely unaware of this phenomenon. Would love to learn more about it.
  14. I definitely agree that different roach colonies have very unique odors that develop over time. I'm especially keen on the o. deusta's mildly cinnamon-like smell, it's almost got a hint of pine cones as well. It would be awesome to compile a list of all the different roaches with distinctive colony smells, as well as defensive smells, too.
  15. Aw man, I NEED that shirt haha. I love advertising my roach love with clothes, my tattoo, jewelery and anything I can. Brings about some interesting conversations with strangers
  16. Iridescent purple roach?!! Now THIS I'm dying to see!
  17. Hmm, I've had dozens of crickets escape into various roach enclosures before and nothing bad happened to them. Perhaps it has a lot to do with how much protein you feed each of them? The past few months I'm always loading my roaches and crickets with dog food, it seems to have drastically cut down the wing biting and cannibalism in all my roaches.
  18. I definitely agree about the g. capucina. Mine all died suddenly and seemingly for no reason, they all molted like wildfire and ate healthily, then after reaching adulthood, only lasted maybe a month or two. No apparent reproducing at all. And though all my subcincta are doing well, they're taking FOREVER to reach adulthood and I've rarely seen them eat! Another weird thing about them; they all appeared to be dead one day, but not stiff at all, so I held them all (I only have about 6 so far) in my hand and they all just sort of popped back to life after about 10-15 minutes. Still not sure what was up with that...
  19. It depends a lot on the type of camera you use, but if you're unfortunate like me and only have a cheap digital camera with a flash that's WAY too bright... here are some tips for getting decent photos: - Always use flash, but filter it with toilet tissue or paper towels. Usually, with mine, I fold over a piece of paper towel once or twice and it filters the brightness of the flash a bit. Either hold it against the flash (with your fingers out of the way of it) or tape it on there if need be. - Make sure the focus is going in the right spot. With my camera, you have to hold the button halfway down and listen to the little mechanical sounds to make sure it's focusing in on the proper location. - It helps to be able to predict their movements a bit. That way you know right when you should hit the button at a point where they stop moving for a second. - If photographing through glass, take the picture at an angle so the flash doesn't reflect on the glass in a spot that covers up the bug. - Make sure the "flower" (macro) setting is on!
  20. Doesn't that just have a lot to do with feeding/how much certain individuals eat? Or am I missing something?
  21. Oh WOW... I had no idea they had such long wings, looks somewhat like a longhorn beetle.
  22. I think sometimes people (especially those without any troubles or worries) tend to forget that there are people with chemical-related problems that can't be cured by just "giving it up"... wish it were that easy for all of us, though. It saddens me when people presume (not saying you are, mind you) that depressed people are just ungrateful or too easily dissatisfied. I am very appreciative of everything I have, little to big things never go unappreciated in my eyes. But that doesn't mean I can just say, "Oh, how lucky I am... *ting*! All better!" Again... if only it were that easy :/ Of course, there are always people out there who have it more difficult than others. I don't think that makes it unjustifiable for those of us who are more "blessed" than others to have legitimate depression, or at least the occasional downs. My ex-stepfather (a marine, of course) always tried to guilt me into feeling better by reminding me of all the starving children in the world, as though that was supposed to somehow make me feel better I have come across your photobucket many times by googling various roaches, Matt. Just judging by the photos of your home and family and all the places you can afford to go, no wonder you have no worries. It would seem you have it all... my kudos to you for that!
  23. Peter: That was very helpful, thank you. I have been learning from a friend of mine that it's not healthy for me to play the role of "therapist" to as many people as I do. While it makes me feel good to know I can help someone (when they actually LISTEN and seem interested in at least trying to help themselves), when I spend most of my social time helping other people with their problems, it leaves me little time to sort out my own. I tend to thrive on distractions because most of my own problems are depression-related and since I can't afford a therapist or medication, I try to find my own ways to subtly cheer myself up. Most all of my time is spent trying to "brainwash" myself into happiness; resorting to comforting things that put me into another world or state in my imagination... but I suppose I can't expect it to always be the solution, or even a healthy one. I make lists alllll the time, too... it can be helpful for sorting thoughts and laying out plans, but I could use the motivation to actually check off those lists, as most of the time it takes me forever to do the simplest things on those lists. I think a lot of people have that problem; having lots of ideas but little will to make them come to life. Although, it has a lot to do with fear, too - fear of failure and fear of disappointment. I definitely know that is a VERY bad state of mind to be in, so I've been working on being more courageous to take chances, and learning how to not let disappointments/failures drag me down, because I know that eventually, I'll find something that works.
  24. I could be wrong, but I have never seen another video on youtube or anywhere else of cockroaches mating besides mine: - it would be awesome if you shared the vid! I think there must be something up with freshly molted female roaches, and males going more crazy after them during this time. Often, with many species of roaches I have, there will be a male ready and waiting for several minutes beside the female as she's molting.
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