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  1. http://www.amazon.com/Cockroaches-Ecology-...8410&sr=8-1
  2. I have found with my guys, the greener the lettuce the better. They will hardly touch the lighter leaves, but they all go nuts over the green leaf.
  3. Another question regarding numbers. In the United States, roughly how many species are kept? And what other creature can you get such variety so easily? I mean, you could have fifty different breeds of dogs in your home, but that would be too much work. And you'd likely be seen on an episode of Animal Cops and labeled a hoarder.
  4. So, besides being food for other creatures... what role DO cockroaches play in the world? I know it is broad considering all of the different ones, but it is just one of those puzzling newbie questions.
  5. They are so fascinating. I remember vividly when I was very young, probably around six, my brother called me into his room to show me a teeny little green baby mantis on one of his shirts before he put it outside. I'm sure by the end, I am going to be labled the "Bug Girl" here at school. It sucks going to an all girl school in that aspect. My first week, we walked around campus, and someone freaked out over some daddy long legs on one of the buildings. I had to calm them down. With a "they are perfectly harmless." *sigh* Girls. lol I think I am going to make some yard signs with "Share the Sidewalk" with a picture of an ant or something.
  6. My roommate called my attention to something earlier. I look over and there is a mantis right under her horseshow ribbons. So I climbed all over trying to find something long enough to reach him, and he flew across the room to a more accessible spot. My words "I didn't know they could fly! Cool!" I eventually got him to land on a rolled up poster, and took him outside. The girl in the lobby asked what I had, and she screamed "KILL IT! KILL IT!" I laughed at her and took it outside and put it on the shrub right outside the door. My roommate's words "You are nuts." LMAO
  7. I thought the little slideshow was pretty good, despite the attention grabbing title. Like Dragnet "Just the facts, ma'am." The bots definitely deserve to be there. I remember (mom said it was a bot), watching my mom get one out of a kitten's neck. That was awful, whatever it was. The kitten was okay though. All birds are very intelligent. Even my chickens are very smart. You should have seen the girls in my Biology class when we were playing with... I'm sorry, "studying" isopods (I was playing). They wouldn't even touch them. Heck I've been playing with "roly polies" since I was little. They had to pick them up with a scoop. I just reached in and picked them up. "Like, OMG, how can you do that?" Oh boy aren't they going to be surprised when my hissers move in to the professor's room for the winter. Worms, to me, are still horribly gross. To this day, I will not touch them, tiptoe around them on the wet pavement, and they give me the heebiejeebies. They should be on that list! I know that they aerate the soil and whatnot, but *shudder* ick!
  8. I for one am a major fan of vultures (one of the other creatures on the list). They are so big, harmless, and very useful. As we went to an event this spring there was a dead deer in a field next to the road that the vultures had just started to pick at. When we came home a few hours later, there was nothing but bones left. How cool! It was a good sized deer too.
  9. My first babies I only had less than 10. About that time, the humidity was really low. I freaked out when I saw them and ran to get my plastic lid to keep in the humidity. Two days ago when I came home after class to check on them, I didn't see the few in their usual spot on the leaves, turned over a piece of bark and found a large group of new babies along with the slightly larger ones, under the bark. They all scatter when I look at them, so I will have to find a good way to count them. There are a bunch of them. At least 30-40.
  10. What are you top five favorite species of roach?
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  12. Thank you Facebook. What about this place guys? I was hoping for a little bit bigger than business card size but you never know what they will have unless you email them. Heck they might be able to work something special out that is not listed. http://www.moo.com/ They even have sticker books. lol Now that would be fun.
  13. Not a dream crusher, Peter. Looking for places that have such a product is that. . I have not bought that book YET, but it is next on my list before my school books. Lets see: they places I could see the product for sale. Zoo Gift shops, biology classrooms, the homes of hobbyists....um....*some* pet shops.... I guess getting more people interested, or at least less creeped out, by the dreaded cockroach should come first. Oh I'm hoping my biology professor this fall is interested in bugs. I am hoping that he will let me keep my hissers in his room over the winter since my bedroom at home is not going to be allowed heat since I am going to live on campus. I tried to go in his classroom a few days ago because I saw tanks with what appeared to be "creepy crawlies" but I got sidetracked. There is not an Entemology class at the school I am going to. Maybe a poster with "all" the types on it with just the names? Wait. Is there a poster? I think I have seen something like that. It might have been butterflies.
  14. Well, you and matt and all the others who are so active and "know it all" are the Cockroach Masters. I am just an owner. I don't consider my self a 'hobbyist' just yet. Soon, maybe. And just maybe, I could become a master later on. lol Thanks! I'll see what I can find as far as production.
  15. I have an idea that I wanted to run by "the masters". I have a desire to better learn the names(both scientific and common) and how to identify the different species of roaches in the hobby(some are easy, I know, but I get confused when it comes to the similar ones). I think a type of flashcard would be a great way to learn for me, and I'm sure others as well. I could see this type of thing being available in a biology classroom, and, if done well, surely it would be of interest to those in the hobby as well. I think on the front of the cards there should be a clear picture of the roach, maybe with the common name and/or the scientific name on it. On the back, there definitely needs to be both names, a description of the roach, and comparable species that may be confused with it, and how to tell them apart(if possible by sight). There should also be cards with tips on how to go about identifying an unknown roach, and other tid bits of information that would benefit the hobby. I believe that this could be an interesting project that could be "renewed" every year or every so many years, to add potential new species in the hobby, as well as to possibly change the photos of the existing ones. What do you guys think of this idea?
  16. Here are a couple pictures of the cicadas at the range. The Video.
  17. The last picture was of a different cicada than the one being eaten though on the same tree. I looked around tonight and noticed that every adult male roach I found had bent wings. I found about twelve adult males, a bunch of nymphs, and a few females. Very interesting. This time last year, I had no idea we had cockroaches in our front yard. My brother in law, father and I went to the shooting range the other day, and BOY! We needed our hearing protection just from the cicadas! I got some pretty neat photos and a good video displaying the sound that I will try to post. They are so pretty. I am very glad they do not come out every year for us, though.
  18. Silly me, I didn't inspect closer, but the cicade looks awfully dark like there is somthing still in there. All the empty shells on the trees are a lighter tan. Lucky me, I had an adult cicade fly through my window and hit me while I was driving today. Sounded like a party clacker. They are so neat! I'm glad they only come out every few years. They sound so beautiful, but I'm sure would be annoying year after year after year. I'll look around tonight and see if I can find more adult roaches, to see about the bent wings.
  19. I was out looking for cicadas because I've never seen one and as I went around one tree I saw a cockroach eating one. I don't know if the roach came across a dead one, or if it was just taking advantage of one molting, or was eating something leftover from a molt. Either way, I thought it was very neat and thought you guys would enjoy the pics. I did get to see my cicada though. Albeit molting.
  20. I'll post that under the article on the website. Do they really "seek out and destroy" bed bugs though?
  21. Cockroaches and Their Hardy Constitution against Pest Control Published by Jennifer under Pest Control Cockroaches are disgusting, frightening pests, but they may be able to help get rid of other disgusting, frightening pests. The fear of the domestic cockroach is warranted, because they are associated with the development of childhood asthma, and may contaminate food in homes, bringing germs and diseases to humans. However, these insects are omnivore scavengers, who clean up our environment and help recycle the organic litter that accumulates when it is not decomposed by certain organisms like cockroaches. They eat the glue off the backs of postage stamps, the bindings off the backs of books, paper, cloth, leather, and electrical wire insulation, but especially bedbugs. Cockroaches infest millions of homes around the world, and there are more than 4,000 different species of cockroaches worldwide. The relentless insects have lived for more than 250 million years, and are able to survive almost every situation. The cockroach is a nocturnal insect that needs a supply of foods with high water content, once inside the home they will seek out food scraps, unsealed food containers, sugar and greases deposits, pet food, and rancid meat. Bedbugs may inhabit apartments, hotels, dormitories, and shelters. These insects feast solely on the blood of warm-blooded animals, especially humans, as they take shelter in pillows, clothing, furniture, and luggage. The cockroach is the known enemy of the irritating bedbug, which infests millions of homes. The bite of the bedbug can cause irritation and an allergic reaction, but cockroaches can help prevent these bites, by consuming the small nocturnal insects. Bedbugs are the cockroach’s midnight snack, and cockroaches will eat and kill a bedbug infestation. Cockroaches hide in dark warm corners of the human’s home, such as wall cavities, sub-floors, roof voids, cracks and crevices in the kitchen and bathroom, and in electrical appliances and foodstuffs. Like bedbugs, cockroaches emerge at night, but the cockroaches will eat the bedbugs before they are able to feast on human blood. The acute sensory and survival instincts of the cockroach lead it to the parasitic bedbug. Cockroaches are commonly found in kitchens and garbage, but once in the home they will seek out the smaller bedbug, and consume them. Cockroaches provide a great service in ridding environments of organic litter and killing a bedbug colony, but cockroaches can cause much contamination themselves. They may be potential carriers of germs that cause disease in human, such as dysentery and gastro-enteritis. They are also known carriers of salmonella and other diseases that may cause stomach problems. These disease are obtained by human beings, because cockroaches spread pathogenic organisms with their feces and defensive secretions. Cockroaches also cause asthmatic reactions. Cockroaches molt regularly throughout their life-cycle, and the discarded skin becomes airborne and can cause severe asthmatic reactions, especially in children and the elderly. Cockroaches may eat organic material and bedbugs, but they are able to survive for a month without food. They are defined as the hardiest insects on the planet, and are capable to hold their breaths for 45 minutes. The cockroach is even able to survive radiation caused by a nuclear reaction; they can remain alive in a vacuum for up to ten minutes, and they may survive for five to seven days with a severed head or longer with proper hydration. All cockroaches are not bad, and it is common for children to have the Madagascar Hissing cockroach as a pet; some zoos even advocate the adoption of the hissing cockroach as a childhood pet. Cockroaches may be disgusting, but they can help get rid of other disgusting dead organisms and can help control a bedbug infestation. ------ Here is the link: http://gardening.savvy-cafe.com/?s=bedbug
  22. When the temps get a little more stable, we can work something out.
  23. wow, almost looks like a mutant Tick/Ant. Haha. Cool spider!
  24. Cool! Here is a younger one that came in my last group of grandidieri from David Grimm. I really didn't think much of it until I saw your pictures. http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/Mok...imals/Black.jpg
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