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  1. The spots aren't fuzzy. They're a matte color. It looks like thin splotches of beeswax were dripped onto its thorax. I'll try to get pictures later.
  2. You could try that, but I don't think it'd work. There's a massive amount of debate surrounding Gromphadorhina. I personally think that every Gromphadorhina in the hobby is G. portentosa, and all the different "species" are just color morphs. If they truly were different species, they shouldn't be able to interbreed. E. javanica and E. chopardi are pretty clearly different species. I don't think they'd interbreed.
  3. I was doing maintainance on my Parcoblatta divisa enclosure, when I noticed that one of the nymphs had died, and it had little white spots all over its body. The spots resembled some kind of mold. I removed the carcass, but I noticed that one of my living specimens has a few small white spots on its body. It appears to be healthy, but I'm worried that it's some kind of entomophagous fungi that's killing my roaches. If another roach dies like this, I'm moving them to a new enclosure with different substrate. What do you guys think I should do?
  4. I have quite a large collection of roaches now, and that means I get to witness the feeding response of many different species of roach, and it is quite entertaining! I was wondering which of your cockroach species exhibit the strangest/ craziest/ most entertaining feeding response. Which species is your favorite to watch eat? My Blaberus sp. "Venezuela" are definitely towards the top of my list. You add some food to the container, and within minutes the nymphs are out and vigorously dining on whatever is in the food dish. I even witnessed two larger nymphs playing tug of war over a piece of dog kibble. The winner scurried off with the piece in his mouth, and gorged him/herself on it! Periplaneta australasiae is moving slowly upwards on my list of my favorite species. The feeding response of these is great as well! The adults scurry out of hiding whenever food is added, and will actually cut pieces of food away from the rest and take the piece back to their hiding spot. (It reminds me a lot of Asbolus verrucosus: Blue Death-Feigning beetles. They do the same thing.) It's very cute to see roaches running around with bits of food in their mouths! Those roaches are always busy! And finally, Eublaberus posticus. E. posticus is insane when feeding time comes. You throw some food in there, and within seconds it's covered in roaches! They devour anything that touches the substrate, and that effect is multiplied tenfold since I have 50 or so nymphs in my care. Video:
  5. It does doesn't it. I sometimes wonder if they're still alive. I halfway think that someday a bunch of adults will just pop out of the substrate, and I just didn't see the nymphs. I scream sometimes because I REALLY want babies of this species!
  6. I supposedly have a dozen nymphs of these. I haven't seen them, they don't appear to be growing, and there aren't any signs of eating on the food I put in...
  7. God, how much I'd spend to get a dead specimen like that in my pinned collection... NICE find! I hope he/she/it lives a full life. Then we can talk about deadstock I wonder if that specimen is able to reproduce.
  8. Interesting! Make sure that any other plants they eat aren't poisonous, and be especially careful that they can't escape while outside!
  9. I have no idea. Most of my E. javanica have died out as well, and they haven't made any offspring for me. People who have successfully bred them say they do better at high temperatures, and I know E. chopardi will only reproduce in the 80s, so it's a safe bet that's the case for E. javanica.
  10. I don't mean to butt in on a question I wasn't asked, but dwarf hissers (especially E. javanica!) do better at higher temperatures. Low 80s at a minimum.
  11. The legs spikes on A. insignis are pretty bad actually. Your best bet will be to get a dwarf hisser. (Genus Elliptorhina) As for the breeding speed of E. javanica, I've had terrible luck with this species. They are very difficult to breed IME.
  12. +1 to what varnon said, I was about to caution skepticism. The only way to know for sure would for an insect to describe to us what it's thinking and feeling, and obviously that's not possible. He's right about the media as well. I might be a little more inclined to take this more seriously if it was a peer reviewed paper...
  13. Therea is a genus I've been looking at for a long time, and the next time I order roaches, it is likely that a Therea species will be included. That being said, there are three (four if you count T. bernhardti, but I think a discussion that we had earlier regarding that species came to the conclusion that it should not be counted as its own species) species of Therea currently available in the hobby, and I'd like to know if there are any advantages (other than looks) that each species has going for it, as I only have the space and money for one Therea species if I were to obtain one. Reproduction speed, growth rate, hardiness, size, and personality are all things I'd like to consider. What's your favorite Therea species?
  14. I hear that bark is important for the laying of oothecae. Should I just lean it against the side? They seem to have found a way to hide under the bark anyway, and this species is commonly found under bark in nature. I'm not trying to discount your helpful little tip, (you've bred Parcoblatta, I have not) I'm just letting you know what my reasoning was.
  15. Yeah, oothecae are easy to send. You can send them for less than $6 in a padded envelope. As you know however, many roaches are ovoviparous, and they give live birth. You can't send the oothecae of these species, so you have to send nymphs the traditional way. That gets expensive, but it's so worth it in the end, and it saves you money in the long run!
  16. After a long day, I'm glad I can settle down and finally write this post. Today I received two shipments of roaches from two different sources, and I came close to doubling the number of species I keep today. I basically spent this afternoon on a frantic search for suitable containers to house everything in, and I had to make a trip to the grocery stores to buy more Tupperware! I'll go ahead and give you guys a list of the species I acquired from which sources, and I'll include some pictures of their enclosures! Note: Enclosure pictures were taken before I added any food. I assure you, my roaches are well fed Source 1: Kyle from Roachcrossing.com Kyle is probably the most famous roach dealer on the internet, next to Peter Clausen! I hadn't ordered from Kyle before, but his rave reviews made me sure of my decision to order from him before I could even click send on my ordering email. Kyle lived up to his name, and offered me amazing customer service, and included an overcount of nearly every species I ordered. I am very pleased that I did business with Kyle, and I would recommend him to anybody! Blaberus sp. "Venezuela" I ordered a starter colony of these guys, and set them up a nice enclosure with a plastic plant. Pycnoscelus nigra I also ordered a starter colony of these guys. Their enclosure is rather bare, but they don't need that much in terms of decor, as they are a fossorial species. Pycnoscelus striatus Another Pycnoscelus species. They are set up similar to P. nigra. (I didn't get a picture for this one. Sorry!) Pacroblatta divisa I'm usually more interested in large tropical Blaberidae roaches, but the genus Parcoblatta has stolen my heart! (That may or may not have to do with reading Hisserdude's blog too often!) This is one of the two Parcoblatta species I ordered, and they are my first non-Blaberidae roaches. As these are wood roaches, I decided to add dry leaves and bark pieces to the enclosure. It seemed appropriate. Parcoblatta lata Another Parcoblatta species. They are set up in a similar fashion to P. divisa. Gromphadorhina portentosa I'm currently keeping hybrid hissing roaches, but Kyle claims to have a proverbial non-hybrid strain available! I don't know if this is true or not, but I had to pick some up anyway! That does it for the Roachcrossing order, but today just got better when I was sent a little gift! Source 2: Thomas Dean from Ovogram First, anyone not on Ovogram needs to go make an account right now! The service is too awesome to not sign up for! For those of you unfamiliar, Ovogram is a livestock exchange group. All you do is send away some of your excess roaches (or moths, or phasmids, or whatever) and other people are likely to share species with you! You heard me right, FREE cockroaches, and other invertebrates. All you have to do is send away your extras! I shared some of my Blaberus craniifer nymphs on this site a month or so ago, and the fruits of my labor are finally paying off, as another member decided to send me some of his excess roaches. Personally, I see Ovogram as an investment. You pay the small price of shipping, and a couple nymphs; and in return you get species that would have cost you much more. My investment has paid off. I spent less than $15 on shipping, and I received 5 species for FREE. If I were to buy the species I received over the internet, I would pay about $90 shipping included. I saved $75 by just sending away a few nymphs to someone. That is awesome! What was I sent, you ask? I'm about to tell you! Eublaberus posticus I recently bought about 50 or so nymphs of this species from an expo, but this species was included in my "gram." I put them in with the others, and discovered that there were mealworm beetles and their larvae in with the nymphs. That enclosure is now my E. posticus/ mealworm enclosure! Peraplaneta australasiae These are a semi-interesting species. They are very... well... very roach-y. I expect these to breed like roaches! I have them in a more vertically oriented enclosure. Oxyhaloa deusta I'm rather excited about acquiring these for free, as they're a species I've been looking at buying! I like the look of this gorgeous little species, and even the nymphs sport adult colors! I can't wait until these start breeding! I ran out of egg-crates, so I used a paper towel to make hiding spots for them. (The file was too big to upload, but the enclosure is pretty straight-forward. I think you get the point ) Gyna caffrorum This species is probably the biggest steal of the Ovogram "trade." Starter colonies of these guys go for $35 on roachcrossing, and I received multiple adults, and TONS of tiny nymphs of this species! They are incredibly beautiful, and pictures BARELY do them justice! (This really upsets me, as the picture I was going to upload was apparently also too big I'll see what I can do about getting it uploaded, as the picture features some gorgeous pictures of the hyper-flighty adults.) Alphitobias diaperinus Okay, this isn't a roach, but it was still sent to me. I don't really have the supplies to start breeding these en-mass at the moment, but I have them in a temporary enclosure. (This one is apparently also too big to upload. (?) Is there something wrong with the uploader?) And that's all folks! This has been a crazy day, and I'm glad I could share my new acquisitions with you!
  17. You could try. I don't think they'll check your bag. It won't be legal though. As you go through the Airport you'll actually notice that there are several checkpoints where they check for biological material in your carry on luggage. It's against USDA guidelines for interstate movement of biological material. Ordering roaches that aren't native to your state is also technically breaking this law, but they're more strict about it in Hawaii because the margin for something bad happening is much higher.
  18. I don't know where this whole "Oak is the best" idea came from. There is only one oak tree within 50 miles of me, and I tried using the leaves from it in my roach colonies. The roaches preferred the ash leaves from my yard. It doesn't make that much of a difference IME though.
  19. Eublaberus is semi-predatory, but it seems like isopods would be left alone because the roaches won't be able to get through their shells! I picked up a starter colony of Eublaberus posticus at an expo over the weekend. I guess we'll see how they do for me!
  20. You're not going to get that information with a sweep net. When you sweep net you get stuff and you have NO IDEA where it comes from
  21. A few of my isopod colonies are molding. Normally I'd remove the moldy stuff, but isopods will eat the mold, so I'm not sure when I should remove it. At what point should I remove mold form an isopod colony?
  22. To answer an earlier question: Capecodraoches ships out of Cape Cod Massachusetts.
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