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Hello all! I have been in the roach hobby for a few months now and figured I would join the forum for more good info. While roaches aren't my first choice (arachnids all the way! ;) ), they definitely are an interesting group that I want to explore more. I am currently a graduate student in entomology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and I study ticks and tick-borne disease. I'll try to put together a list of all my inverts, but hard to say if it'll happen since it's always changing and I've found it to be getting pretty lengthy lol.

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OMG Your list of pets is huuuuggggeee!!!! So jealous! Welcome to the forum!!

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OMG Your list of pets is huuuuggggeee!!!! So jealous! Welcome to the forum!!

I agree with this... perhaps too long to list... I have to scroll down more than I like to see the next post...

I hate to complain, but perhaps you could change this to be under your post as a signature and make it columns to take up less room?

Just a thought...

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I agree with this... perhaps too long to list... I have to scroll down more than I like to see the next post...

I hate to complain, but perhaps you could change this to be under your post as a signature and make it columns to take up less room?

Just a thought...

Not quite the welcome I was expecting, but you have a good point. I'll get things changed up so it's a bit more manageable.

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Tried messing with it and things got very bunched up and unreadable. I'll mess with it more later on when I have some extra time or need a break from homework, grading and data analysis.

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Sorry! Welcome.

I did not mean to be rude.

It's always good to have real entomologists here to temper some of our unenlightened perspective on our bugs!n What is your area of research? I have a friend who's masters or PhD work (can't remember which) was on bark beetles. I was more interested in the hissing roaches that she shared with me! (that was my bug start)

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Shoot, I hope I didn't sound rude and I'm sorry if I did! I had meant that jokingly, but I don't think it came out right. I'll get things either better organized or cut down the list a bit later in the week once I've finished TAing for the week :)

For my thesis, I'm studying the spread of the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) in the Chicago, IL metropolitan area. I have also spent time studying/learning to identify mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. I do a lot of taxonomic identification of Kenyan ticks, though I enjoy taxonomy as a whole. Just as side projects (and for fun!) I study and collect jewel beetles (Buprestidae), tiger beetles (Carabidae: subfamily Cicindelinae) and longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae). I've been trying to put together a nice collection of buprestids and cicindelids, so if anyone wants to sell/give/trade me some I'm always looking!

Bark beetles are a good group to study, especially since they have been doing some major damage out west of the Rockies. Hissers are a great way to get into entomology! :)

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Shoot, I hope I didn't sound rude and I'm sorry if I did! I had meant that jokingly, but I don't think it came out right. I'll get things either better organized or cut down the list a bit later in the week once I've finished TAing for the week :)

For my thesis, I'm studying the spread of the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) in the Chicago, IL metropolitan area. I have also spent time studying/learning to identify mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. I do a lot of taxonomic identification of Kenyan ticks, though I enjoy taxonomy as a whole. Just as side projects (and for fun!) I study and collect jewel beetles (Buprestidae), tiger beetles (Carabidae: subfamily Cicindelinae) and longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae). I've been trying to put together a nice collection of buprestids and cicindelids, so if anyone wants to sell/give/trade me some I'm always looking!

Bark beetles are a good group to study, especially since they have been doing some major damage out west of the Rockies. Hissers are a great way to get into entomology! :)

I think bark beetles are an issue in the midwest too... aren't the emerald ash borers a bark beetle?

She got the hissers from a colony at Michigan State University

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There are members of the bark beetle family (Scolytidae) in the Midwest, but they don't pose nearly as much of a problem. Emerald ash borers (Agrilus planipennis) are buprestids. We have a big hisser colony at the University of Illinois too. We are trying to get a couple other colonies going as well, but those are still pretty young, so we're playing the waiting game for now.

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Couldn't quite get the list set up correctly in my signature (all the words kept smashing into each other, so it became a mess), so I just changed it up to the part people would find most important :)

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No problem! As I've learned from blogging, visually appealing is always very helpful and it keeps people from getting distracted/bored/etc. :) Heck, after a couple posts I started getting tired of scrolling down past all the extra non-roach related stuff and it's all mine! Much better set up now, especially if I have specific species questions or people want to trade things.

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