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  1. Mystery solved! After 4 months of not seeing any sign of this species, I FINALLY caught a glimpse of a large nymph. It looks like it will mature soon too. The nymphs of this species don't look like typical Gyna nymphs. They look a bit like larger versions of early instar hisser nymphs to me.
  2. They're gorgeous! They're much bigger than I expected as well, because all the other Polyphagids I've seen have been tiny. I was supposed to be getting nymphs, so you can imagine my surprise when I opened the shipping carton and saw an adult! I also received some oothecae with the shipment. Should I bury those, or can I leave them on top? I buried a few, and left a few on top just in case.
  3. I just got a shipment of these, and I was surprised to find an adult in with the large nymphs! The enclosure:
  4. Probably not, unless he's using a stereo dissecting microscope, and happens to be an expert in Blaberidae genitalia.
  5. A 5.5 gallon could hold 50 adult hissers. They are very tolerant of crowding, but if you want to start a large colony you'd want a large bin.
  6. No, it would provide food, but the only food isopods require is decaying leaves. Everything else (including the jellies) are just supplements.
  7. They probably would, but unless you have a huge colony they won't finish it all. It probably doesn't have any benefit for them, but it certainly won't hurt them either.
  8. ]Some of mine just matured! Sorry for the crappy photos, BTW! My phone has a potato camera!
  9. Panchlora never fails to impress! Green, blue, and now white! If we can get some more Panchlora species into the hobby, it may very well become a popular (And expensive!) genus!
  10. I recently moved my Elliptorhina javanica (Which still haven't bred for me!) from a Kritter Keeper into a Sterilite plastic shoe box, and I noticed something interesting about their behavior. They were able to climb the hard plastic of the KK, and I'm sure they can make it up glass, but the had extreme difficulty making it up the sides of the shoe box. The shoe box is made of a softer plastic, and they just could not get a grip! I thought I'd share this, because it may help to contain them if they're kept in a container made of soft plastic, like most Sterilite bins.
  11. Ovogram them! I'll apply right now! I'd only pay about $5 per oothecae for this species if you were to sell them. But really... put them on ovogram right now!
  12. Ha! That's cute, but I'm not sure of what practical use that would be to them! Also, does that jar really count as a vivarium, because I don't see any live plants
  13. They have to be dead. I collect them from the ground in the late fall, and I get enough to last me the year.
  14. Tarantulas, darkling beetles, mantids, and scorpions are about the only other ones. It's mostly do to regulations, as there are many more insects that can be kept in Europe, let's say.
  15. I don't think it is. Keep them in a hard sided box with your carry on or checked luggage. It's not explicitly disallowed, and because they're already dead you don't have to worry about them perishing during the flight.
  16. A smaller container will make it easier to keep track of them, but if you just layer leaves on top of the substrate their food will be everywhere, so they shouldn't have a problem. Roaches have a very good sense of smell, and they are very good at tracking down food. I'd put them in their permanent enclosure to start with. The adults don't need a lot of space, in fact crowded conditions may speed up breeding. There's a limit to that though, and eventually if it's too crowded breeding will stop.
  17. I was just talking about Gromphadorhina. There may be other Gromphasorhina species, but I strongly affirm that the only ones being currently kept in the hobby are G. portentosa.
  18. I get them from my yard in the fall. I don't spray pesticides or herbicides, so I've never had a problem with them. As for poisonous leaves, there are too many to mention. However, any of the common hardwoods (oak, maple, ash, alder, birch, willow, etc.) should be OK to use. The two most common poisonous leaf materials you would probably run into in your common neighborhood would be pine needles and eucalyptus. Don't use conifers for anything involving roaches, as their sap gives off toxins. Some, but not all, eucalyptus species are also poisonous. The best course of action would be to just know what leaves you have, and know what other trees are around the collection site.
  19. Where does everyone get the idea that oak is always best? There's no evidence for this! Oak isn't even native to where domino roaches are from! Either way, welcome to the forum, Domino! This species is very slow growing, and very slow breeding. Yes, it is true that the adults don't live very long, but there beautiful colors make up for it. For species that require leaves, I use mostly ash. Ash combined with whatever leaves blow into my yard. A fair warning though: This hobby is addictive!
  20. I love roaches! I especially love that they can be kept in colonies. It's like having a pet that never dies when you have a large colony!
  21. That's very exciting! Congratulations! I hope more people like you can breed this species. In having bad luck with them myself.
  22. I don't think one has been done. However, I personally own a stereo dissecting scope and dead specimens of E. javanica... If only I had E. chopardi!
  23. They won't hybridize. I haven't tried it myself, but I can't find any cases of Elliptorhina hybridization. There is some form of isolation there, and you're right, it probably does have to do with the genitalia. If you can find a confirmed report of that, please tell me. I can then have that opinion about Elliptorhina as well
  24. Same goes with Blaberus. I didn't mention it there but I had that suspicion before. As for the part about G. oblongonata, let me ask you this: Why do some dog breeds dwarf others? Just because it's the same species doesn't mean there can't be massive amounts of variation. If all Gromphadorhina were G. portentosa, and most Blaberus were the same, the different morphs would be the equivalent of breeds.
  25. That's entirely possible. I just kind of assumed it was a fungus because I have no idea what else it could be.
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