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  1. You're welcome! I'm really happy that we had a nice turnout in such a short amount of time. I was pretty impressed with the end result. What did you all think of Orin's cover photo?

    Hmmm, makes me wonder when they'll be available for sale ;)

    Also a very awesome cover, I was very excited to see it.

  2. I'm not sure if Dubia like it more then cat or dog food but my roaches love the ferret food I feed them. Some of the larger species will eat a whole piece of ferret food in one go (Females to be exact). I've tried giving my roaches dog/cat food opposed to the ferret food a couple of times and it gets nibbled on but ferret food is almost always gone.

  3. It's honestly not that huge of a secret. I just thought it was a great idea when I thought of it x) I am positive I am not the only person to use this method.

    All I did was take some screen from a old reptile enclosure and made a sift out of it. I tested it out on the couple tiny nymphs before I took it out for testing and it was the perfect size. While I was sifting at this spot I found 20-30 hatched ooths and they were all found within 10ft of eachother and they were 30ft above a stream/waterfall on the side of a canyon/hill.

    I will go out again soon. I have a meeting at work on Thursday and the spot is right around the corner so maybe I will go then :)

  4. I have found males in the Imperial Dunes on the surface beneath creosote bush. I think this thread marks a first in terms of somebody expressing concerns with over-collecting a cockroach! Do you have information on them having an at-risk population status?

    Not at all! The method I used to find them was so quick and easy I could imagine over collecting happening very easily. Although maybe it was just a very lucky chance I had found them so easily. I haven't been able to go out and try it again though it has been incredibly windy here!

  5. I collected mine just a few weeks ago (early November), most appeared to be nymphs of various sizes (a nice orange-brown color!) although there may be an adult female in the mix (don't know how big these are at maturity yet). No males under the cover boards, but I've had males come to my black lights in the spring and summer further south in the Coachella Valley. Did you get your Riverside specimens from the Santa Ana River area?

    Very cool, one of my friends was with me on a hike around 10pm and he pointed a roach out to me which was a mature male. That's what prompted me to start digging. Surprisingly no I didn't find these along or near the Santa Ana River although I want to try finding them there too because it seems like such an ideal spot for them. There is water running through this spot though, I guess these were on the side of a hill maybe 20-30 feet away from running water.

  6. I've caught some Arenivaga sp. in White Water Canyon just NW of Palm Springs. Putting down cover boards and checking them after a rain event worked for me....

    I have since found some here in Riverside! I have also developed a very cool method to collect them. It's such a good one I don't really want to post it in fear of over collecting.

    I will try out your method as well! What would you find? Adult males, adult females, sub adults, nymphs, or just a wide variety of them?

  7. Well here are the pictures I told you guys I'd upload x) took awhile but I was finally able to get to a computer!


    Adult male, he didn't last to long from when I found him. I pinned him and once I get a female (when she dies) I'd like to frame the two in a shadow box for display.


    Here's the nymph picture, it's not that great I could have taken a better one but I was somewhat rushed.


  8. Well I finally found some here within bicycling distance (7 mile ride and a twenty minute hike).

    I found four nymphs and a friend of mine found a male wandering around which made me decide to dig. I only had tongs on me so I wasn't able to dig/sift more the four inches down. I also found a ton of hatched ooths which were very oddly shaped. I thought the first one I found must've been a first ooth for the female but every one I found was like the first one. I can't see more then three or four nymphs being able to hatch from a ooth.

    I'll have access to a computer shortly and I can post pictures of the male and maybe the nymphs to get them ID'd.


  9. Just got back from my cycling adventure and I came home to find a couple of neat sights.


    E. opaca female with an ooth. It seems like great news...but I can't find the ooths now, I think the male has been eating them so I will be removing him from the enclosure.


    One of the larger T. olgrandjeani females I have seen. I can see her producing tons of ooths :)


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