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  1. We have: 63. Periplaneta americana = American Cockroach 64. Periplaneta americana ("white eye" strain) = White Eye American Cockroach Isn't there a Periplaneta americana "Black" strain? Common name could be: Black American Cockroach. I know there is the new Periplaneta americana "Venom" that could be added (and I think this strain was created via the black strain). This could simply be called Venom American Cockroach (or Venom Villain American Cockroach, for fun).
  2. Maybe this? https://www.carolina.com/browse/product-search-results?Ntt=leeches&Nr=OR(product.type%3AProduct)&tab=p&question=leeches&searchExecByFormSubmit=true Good Luck!
  3. You are basically "composting" those unwanted cereals. I'd suggest reading these threads: https://www.roachforum.com/topic/8323-blatticomposting-noob-how’s-my-setup/?tab=comments#comment-48837 https://www.roachforum.com/topic/5780-looking-for-inspiratonsuggestions/?tab=comments#comment-31274 And be sure to see this one: https://www.roachforum.com/topic/9517-starting-with-blatticompostng/?tab=comments#comment-52056 Good Luck!
  4. All those cereals should be fine. I've fed stuff like that to a variety of bugs (roaches included). Good Luck and "High Five" to you for trying not to waste stuff. ;)
  5. *UPDATE* I'm on my 2nd generation of mealworms, that have been raised on mostly pure styrofoam, I say "mostly" because I would give small portions of other food every month or so, mainly for the meal beetles that started emerging. I did find that meal beetles will eat some styrofoam, but they don't survive well on it alone and I don't believe that they break it down or compost it, like the mealworms do. This next time around, I will remove pupa and meal beetles into another container. I plan to feed the meal beetles normal fare (fish food, fruits, and I will attempt at seeing if they will compost leftovers from foods that I eat) while feeding the mealworms only on styrofoam. I added about 100 more mealworms to the group (yesterday) to try and get 2 generations going at the same time. Last of all, these links were sent to me, and I will now share them with you. They are about SuperWorms composting styrofoam! https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/beetle-larvae-can-survive-on-polystyrene-alone-67251 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969719352258 If you are using mealworms or superworms to compost styrofoam, post up your experience!
  6. Check it: https://umdearborn.edu/casl/centers-institutes/environmental-interpretive-center/research-resources/sustainability-initiatives/composting/blatticomposting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_AaZ2-tK9M < Kyle Kandilian of Roach Crossing https://www.roachcrossing.com/about-us/
  7. Free? Heh Heh! If I came across a good deal on the orange werneri, I might try it, but for now I'm focused on other isopods that I have better luck with.
  8. Nope, never got them again so I couldn't check the seasonal differences. But that is a good theory! Thanks for checking in Orin!
  9. I've only supplemented the adult beetles with fruit beetle jelly, but I think the meal beetle also eat styrofoam. I'm still testing this, but the mealworms seem to be living and pupating on just the styrofoam. Anyone (besides me) working with styrofoam and mealworms????
  10. From what I've read, yes, they can. I've started raising some with only styrofoam . . . and they are still alive. I just mist with water every now and then. I think the beetles need other foods though, but I'm not totally sure yet. Check out these links on the scientific study of mealworms and styrofoam from Stanford University: https://news.stanford.edu/pr/2015/pr-worms-digest-plastics-092915.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/su-msc121819.php
  11. Hot glue will cover the edges. I've used it on screen before. Good Luck!
  12. Window screen? They sell it made from metal or fiberglass. Fiberglass will be more flexible.
  13. Are you using Mealworms to compost styrofoam? I have a setup and I was wondering, do mealbeetles eat styrofoam too, or just the mealworms? Do you have any other tips on styrofoam composting with mealworms?
  14. They can only breed once they have had their final molt. She may be an adult, as some have color variations and she may just be an all black hisser. There really isn't a specific "adult coloration". She also may just be a small adult female, or she could just be fat, it happens! Good Luck!
  15. That would be a cool photo to see. No need to freeze one for a photo. I'll contact DartkNightExotics eventually, and I'll ask how the photos were made.
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