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  1. Breeding project is my ultimate goal with these.
  2. Hello, long time no see everyone. I've kind of left the Beetle hobby and only have my dubias and some Eupolyphaga sinensis in terms of roaches but have been enjoying my aquatic inverts and a lovely pair of vinegaroons. I have looked into keeping some freshwater crabs, specifically vampire crabs and while I have found some great sources of info online I have a few specific questions. The biggest of which would be: is it a requirement for all or most species of to be kept in a paludarium type setup? Meaning would they require a substantial amount source of freshwater? Or could I get away with a simple water dish for them to climb in and out of? I'm planning on getting Orin's book on the matter of Vampire Crabs and I'm hoping it will be much more comprehensive than what I can find online.
  3. Excited to see some adults! Those look great!
  4. Welcome back! Glad to hear your stress/anxiety is doing better. I struggle a lot with depression and anxiety, I can sort of understand where you’re coming from. If it does start to get bad again just take a step back and try again when/if you’re ready. So glad to hear you’re back in the hobby!
  5. I'm so sorry to hear this. RIP Daniel
  6. Alright, thanks redmont! Right now I picked out 11 of the biggest ones (there were literally hundreds...) and I set them up with crushed oak leaves and compost with a little top soil.
  7. All the grubs I found were in the soil.
  8. Okay that helps a bit. I have a few pictures of some grubs that were underneath my rabbit hutch and after comparing them to other pictures and considering what species live/breed in my area I am still clueless. I did notice that a few adult cotinis beetles were found in the same exact area as these grubs... don't know if means anything though.
  9. Hey everyone, I've been looking for ways to identify 'good' from 'bad' grubs. What I mean is: how the heck can I identify commonly kept pet species from say just your run of the mill lawn grub? I've found a couple pretty big (nowhere near as big as say a dynastes tityus larva...) grubs and a few extremely small ones but I have no idea where to identify some of them... I've tried bugguide and that wasn't very helpful. If I could figure out how to post pictures I might upload some if anyone can help identify them. thanks! -Joshua
  10. Btw Alex, I love your blog it's very fun and informative. Great work mate!
  11. Yes I believe @Hisserdude mentioned this on a previous post if I am correct. It's totally fine with me. For now I am locked out of my account on the Beetle forum (typed in my password incorrectly too many times lol.) Someone asked me if I ever found any Lucanus elaphus to send them a message. Literally five minutes later I found a dead female L. Elaphus in my backyard covered in ants... bummer... on the bright side though, I checked iNaturalist for stag beetles and found a nearby town has several observations on giant stag beetles, I might have to check that place out! Any tips on this species meaning how to find/catch one? Thanks Alex!
  12. LOL! Isn't that what a pet essentially is though, a freeloader? Or are you like the breeders on here meaning you're a roach pimp...
  13. Wow... thanks for all that info man! Hopefully I'll be able to find something now lol. I'll go see what gas stations are closest to forrests/fields in my area. Thanks a ton man!
  14. Wow! Those are so cool! Awesome roach man!
  15. I'm sorry, I just couldn't take that statement seriously lol. Congrats mate!
  16. It's fine! That's about all I know as well lol!
  17. That's a good point, the food could very well spoil while you're gone. But carrot doesn't seem to spoil very quickly to me, if anything it just kind of dries out on the outside and withers up. If it was humid there is a higher risk of mold I would assume. With my lobster roaches they eat the food so fast it kind of doesn't have a chance to mold. I do think they need something for moisture, such as fruit or vegetables. But water crystals would work along with dry food. To answer you're question, yes I think they need some form of food and water while you're gone depending on how long you're away.
  18. I have seen pictures of his project on here! I was very impressed with his work! I'm hoping to get several color morphs and try to isolate them as best I can. I have loved dubias ever since I was introduced to them as feeders for my reptiles, but now that I don't really have any reptiles I want to focus on making B. Dubia more attractive to the world as feeders AND/OR pets. I know selectively breeding to get 'pretty' color morphs probably won't change most people's minds about the stereotypical cockroach, BUT, I'm hoping to help maybe get rid of that stereotype and open people's mind about these humble little fellas by spreading knowledge about how wonderful they are. I'm rambling now, but that's kinda how I am Anyways, does anyone have any idea where I can look for info on genetics of roaches, for example a research paper? What about you @Hisserdude? Any ideas from anyone?
  19. How long are you going to be away? I don't keep Turkistan roaches, however, I do keep naupheta cinerea or lobster roaches and they can eat an entire orange in less than an hour! In other words, they're ALWAYS hungry lol. I'm guessing a few apple slices would work, maybe a carrot if you are worried about it going bad or growing mold. I've left my lobster roach colony for a little more than a week before and they were just fine, I gave them carrot and crushed dog food for protein. As for cricket chow I'm sure it will be okay, though like I said, I just use crushed dog food.
  20. Very cool! I'm going to work with what already have, but I didn't know that cape cod roaches was selling a gold strain dubia. Got any pictures of your current stock? I would love to see them!
  21. Hey everyone! I've been doing some reading here on the forums lately and I am going to attempt to create a few different color strains of B. Dubia. I have read several threads on dubia with yellow or 'gold' colored bodies and that really inspired me to try my hand at selective breeding. If anyone has any knowledge, links, books etc. on genetics of roaches, (ANYTHING at all,) please tell me. Anyone with pictures of odd B. Dubia or any species for that matter, feel free to post on here or send me a link to a picture. BTW, how the heck do I post a picture on here?! Wish me luck! -Joshua
  22. I used to keep a colony of subterranean termites, they didn't really do much to be honest. They eventually died off after me forgetting about them in the garage. I kept them could I could never keep any ants lol.
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