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  1. OBJ

    Hi all!

    Yes, this familarity is very interesting! But the sample has to be taken from a live male (well, dead just instants before...)?? Otherwise one of the forum members could send a male to you, but that would probably last too long? Or is there a form of preservative method that could be used - like alcohol? BR/ Ole
  2. OBJ

    Hi all!

    Marco, Welcome to the forum! Agreed. Many experienced people meet here with a high degree of information sharing. Sounds interesting. Maybe you could explain more some time of the specific information that you gain from your study. About Cryptocercus, the latest publication of Invertebrates-Magazine had an article about this family as pets. I think Orin McMonigle wrote it. However, your question about whether cultures exist seems to be a no, since these species die easily. BR/ Ole
  3. Ok, found it - it is a brand belonging to Wall Mart as far as my local dealer could see. And Wall Mart is not around here in Denmark. The ingredients list looked quite a lot like the cheap ones sold in supermarkets here as well except that Wall Mart states what kind of fats are used (chicken), so the ingredients are better specified. Maybe you are right about the 'news value' for the roaches! BR/ Ole
  4. Could be a descrption also for E. distanti. The antennas never sleep, but waits to pick up some odour... and the most smelly fish flakes as favourite. But I have not seen the behavour with the dog food. What was the name of the dog food? Is it ok to mention that? Maybe others can observe the same.... We might also get it in Europe... BR/ Ole
  5. But did we not recently in another thread experience how the hissers all have a kind of mites in a form of symbiosis?? So provided you are referring to the same kind of mites, they should be left?? BR/ Ole
  6. Buddylee, Congratulations!!! Oh dear, another roach-collector!! You must be proud! Best wishes Ole
  7. Yes, both yours and Zephyrs answers are fine, thanks. The difficult part is not to make it, merely to know what works! This solution seems to have the right advantages. I was not aware that the hisser-family would be so interested in digging around hiding. Or maybe it is the nymphs in particular. Since I am changing the whole decoration for my grandidieri culture, I have an opportunity to test it... so... BR/ Ole
  8. Yes, and you can't see the forest for all these trees ..... - It is not the same after all the frigate-ships built in the 17th and 18th century... Cost: One well-sized oak tree forest per ship... and then they planted beech as replacement only because it was faster growing. The beech is now suffering the interest from the chinese. They lack white coloured wood as decorational wood together with their own, darker sorts. If the tree is well, I have heard prices of up to 10 k$ per tree.... BR/ Ole
  9. Thanks for the info. You are not saying that beech could not be used, but if oak is better... You are sending me on a chase.... , but let me see where that will lead... I have some connections into the city administration for all the 'green' work. They will know the area. However, we are getting close to the defoliation, so it have to be now...! BR/ Ole
  10. Thanks for the quick answer - She will be left to her own judgement ... Could the ootheca actually become so large that it cannot be accomodated inside - if say the offspring was very healthy and fairly big? Maybe the 'uterus' (similar to ...) is not as flexible as in the mammal world meaning it is designed for a 'medium size' ootheca... On the other hand, the whole abdomen is very flexible - also lengthwise, so why not prolong the abdomen and drag the whole thing inside... a bit odd. BR/ Ole
  11. One of the portentosas has about a 1/4" of her ootheca hanging out. At first it looked fine, but after several days now I am expecting something must be wrong. Does she need a little help since only some of it is outside or just be left with it to decide for herself to abort it ... or ?? There has been many abortions in that culture. It could be stress related - as discussed in the thread started by Huntsman - since there are so many (A bigger aquarium has been ordered). BR/ Ole
  12. Could the leaves be from other hardwoods like beech? I am asking because we are having woods of beech nearby, but only an occational oak tree. So I am collecting and drying the beech to use with beetles (in a mix, of course) - works fine. The dried leaves, are you using them whole or du you chop or grind them in any way to make the substrate more dense and thus perhaps somewhat easier for the roaches to move around in? What thickness of the layer are you maintaining? ...And you never spray to give the nymphs a little water? BR/ Ole
  13. Well, I must admire the space you are allowed to occupy. Our houses might not be big enough... Or I must apply for a bigger hobby-room! What a WAF! You are right. Wrong word... One might think the language capabilitiy with english is improving, but it is a constant process of learning it... About the beetles, are you not worried to spread them to the rest of the house - kitchen and so..? What about WAF? (WAF=Wife Acceptancy Factor - known from the high end music apparatus industry.) .... And if water is spilled on the left over food, the phorid flies goes berserk. Having so many species, how do you keep track of: - their food-top ten list as well as the food turn-off list? - the amounts of food needed - do you weight it? - Do you keep a small record of numbers - to publish/study observations for later? Or is it all stored in your head? ----------------------- To make the aquariums easier to handle on such limited space, I am now mounting each aquarium on small rails so a culture is easy to roll out from the shelf and handling/feeding can happen in few moments. One has been applied right now and seems to work well. They can now stand aquarium up against aquarium. BR/ Ole
  14. Matt, A 100 species??!! How can you accomodate so many? Are they all big cultures with many animals? How many different parasites like moth, mites, phorid flies, banana flies or beetles have invaded your cultures - to an extent that you must fight them? The daily care for you is that??: - removing unused fod - giving water - new food, alternation dry food/fruit-veggies - inspection of animals - removal of corpses (if any) To my list is also fighting parasites = extra time BR/ Ole
  15. That is interesting reading. Maybe we should all really be careful about breathing the air in the container and also the skin contact - perhaps use rubber gloves? Would it not be natural to think that all the other hissers related to portentosa would have the mold more or less similar so that they should all be treated likewise...? What about the allergy that Bricktop told us about? Could that not be related to this mold infestation ? - Slightest contact and the mold is causing reaction on the skin. From Bricktops description not even your enemy deserves that - so I guess it is not worth to take any more risks than necessary....? The Pharmacy can expect a visit... BR/ Ole
  16. You might be right, but as with many Europeans, I prefer them not to be there at all. Unavoidable, but still... That is the best situation to be in since that will make you not only Irish, but European! It gives you the right to freely cross all borders within the EU. Will they also provide you with a social security number? If they do, you are 'fully integrated', so to speak. You could then relocate to Italy (example) and you would still have your rights intact like you have now in US. Uncomplicates things for you. Even Schwitzerland would be possible to live in, if you wanted, even they are not member of the EU. Pharma could correct that statement. I am from Denmark. The highest taxed country in the world. I pay 63% in tax of the last kroner, I earn. A car costs factory price+small sales fee+180% tax+25% VAT. Only Norway matches that! However, milk is cheaper than water in the supermarket several places in EU, like France and Belgium, where the farmers pour their milk onto the fields in protest...! Republicans would call us socialists because we have a system similar to the health system, that Obama fights for now by you. Big discussion, I know... Yes, cool summers and mild winters and once in a while a storm to set things in place. So you could dig into the differences between islanders like the Irish and the people on the mainland - its quite big and difficult to pinpoint exactly! However, we hear that the Irish situation is declining heavily during the crises - actually the worst place to be in whole of Europe compared to 'before'. The Southwest would mean warm summers and generally sufficient rain. So cold winters would just mean a need for techniques for the inverts. That must mean a high diversity. Isn't Florida one of the places with high crime rates and many guns? BR/ Ole
  17. Which species are active in the daytime?? My Therea olegrandjeani (only the adults) are, but I know there are more. Still, I have never seen a list of species in the hobby with this characteristic? Can you add to the list? As far as I have heard, Ophistoplatia orientalis should also be day active - is that correct? 'Exotic Insects' get the question from institutions of many kinds, where they want the roaches to be active when children or public in general are. BR/ Ole
  18. I was not offended, but I started to think in reverse. What if I was able to get a work permit and had to choose in which state to live and work - many would choose from family relations (not me though). So maybe you had Irish roots and knew the island very well already - then how could anybody make a difference... It is more than 20 years since I visited Ireland, so a lot have happened.... I had not thought that through beforehand as I should. Sorry. Should I choose a state in US it would have been interesting to find an area, where invertebrates could be found in high numbers with ants and roaches as highest priorities. When in the US, I prefer to move around with somebody local, because I am afraid to enter somewhere without understanding the gun-behavior in that area. It is my No. 1 prejudice about being in the US. It is hard to shake that off and just enjoy... BR/ Ole
  19. Well, now you make it sound like we are journalists telling stories. You obviously have a plan and your own reason to go there, so I will not interfere with that. Sorry to bring it up. BR/ Ole
  20. OBJ


    Could this be the thread, you were looking for?? Termite thread from 2007 BR/ Ole
  21. That must be annoying. I was not aware that it could become so serious. Normally, if one is easily allergic and the person likes pets, the advice could be a reptile or invertebrate. Edwin Willis wrote the book "The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches" in 1960 together with the very famous Louis M. Roth. This book really made the scientific world aware of the huge majority of cockroaches that have never been in a house. The great loss is that Roth is gone. If you have a plan to relocate you might have a need to know unless you are all clear already .... and we are here already, so just a reminder and an offer. BR/ Ole
  22. Hi Bricktop, 'Welcome back' from a newcomer in roaches - you have been busy allready on this top-forum.... Is your allergy because of dust (air borne) or is it from contact?? It must be bad since you cannot protect yourself and continue keeping cultures. If you need anything with respect to your relocation to Europe, we are a group from all over Europe that might be able to answer questions or ?? depending on your plans. Is that THE Edwin R. Willis, you are referring to?? BR/ Ole
  23. OBJ


    Did you make any photos of your setup?? If the material is glass rather than plastic.... Did they actually get through the inner container?? BR/ Ole
  24. Huntsman mentions Temperature, which in my experience should be added to Orins list. There is a correlation between temperature and metabolism/breeding until the roaches get to a point that they stop eating and all other life processes. It all happens within relatively few degrees. So for Bricktop, temperature could be used as another mean to slow down speed somewhat? Have you tried that? Maybe just a few degrees. Huntsman, are you sure that temperature should not be a part of your observations? Have you looked for abortions of the oothecas? Are the oothecas fertile when produced? BR/ Ole
  25. OBJ


    So you prefer the termites only because of size or also because their skin never hardens and turn black? Or is the neutricial value also a concern? The wood, you add, it that fresh or decayed? You spend only little time to study them? Have you any guess of how many individuals are in there? Sorry to keep asking, but your experience is so interesting. Actually, you could have placed this thread under "General Blattodea discussion" because Itoptera (the termites) are no longer an order under Insecta, but a family under the order Blattodea. So termites are now 'only' to be considered a social cockroach. The scientists are still arguing about how the 'tree' should be looking precisely, but the genetic connection have been established. It has taken 100 years to get there and the whole history is quite fascinating. I just wrote an article about it to our magazine here in Denmark, Exotic Insects. BR/ Ole
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