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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 🙂

I'm extremely thankful for all the amazing bugs I got to see this year. Among my favorite finds was Mydas tibialis, the Golden Legged Mydas Fly.

What was your favorite find of 2021? 😃

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My favorite find was a group of Parcoblatta americana, since the Idaho strain had all but died out in culture, thankfully I was able to collect more, establish a culture, and distribute them in the hobby once more. :D A close second would have to be the Apsena sp. "Kuna" I collected the other day, same story with those, hopefully I can reestablish them in the hobby now that I know they likely just need a diapause to induce yearly breeding,

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10 hours ago, Hisserdude said:

My favorite find was a group of Parcoblatta americana, since the Idaho strain had all but died out in culture, thankfully I was able to collect more, establish a culture, and distribute them in the hobby once more. :D A close second would have to be the Apsena sp. "Kuna" I collected the other day, same story with those, hopefully I can reestablish them in the hobby now that I know they likely just need a diapause to induce yearly breeding,

That's awesome! Glad that you were able to dole them out to some other hobbyists. 🙂 Wish Parcoblatta spp. were more popular in the hobby - the sheer deficiency of people interested in keeping cultures makes it pretty easy for species/localities to be lost whenever just one or two hobbyists' colonies crash.

I actually still have a relatively large culture of the Apsena! Thought they had the fungus for a time (like I, all too easily, assume everything does now lol), but I've recently realized that what I had to be observing was just the result of sub-par husbandry and them being outside of their breeding season. Was contemplating asking if you wanted some again, but doesn't look like that's the case anymore. 😂

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3 hours ago, All About Arthropods said:

That's awesome! Glad that you were able to dole them out to some other hobbyists. 🙂 Wish Parcoblatta spp. were more popular in the hobby - the sheer deficiency of people interested in keeping cultures makes it pretty easy for species/localities to be lost whenever just one or two hobbyists' colonies crash.

I actually still have a relatively large culture of the Apsena! Thought they had the fungus for a time (like I, all too easily, assume everything does now lol), but I've recently realized that what I had to be observing was just the result of sub-par husbandry and them being outside of their breeding season. Was contemplating asking if you wanted some again, but doesn't look like that's the case anymore. 😂

Yeah, me too! I wish Parcoblatta were more appreciated as pets/feeders, but oh well, I'm happy I was at least able to get these americana into the hands of the few people I knew who were really interested in them. I've sold a decent amount to random hobbyists too though, so they're not going completely ignored. :)

Oh wow, I'm glad to hear that, thought those died on you a while ago! Glad they're doing well, I'd definitely recommend a winter dispause for them, I know my Conibius and Blapstinus breed best after being given a dispause at least, and they were both collected in the same area as the Apsena. :)

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On 12/1/2021 at 8:49 PM, Hisserdude said:

I've sold a decent amount to random hobbyists too though, so they're not going completely ignored. :)

Oh wow, I'm glad to hear that, thought those died on you a while ago! Glad they're doing well, I'd definitely recommend a winter dispause for them, I know my Conibius and Blapstinus breed best after being given a dispause at least, and they were both collected in the same area as the Apsena. :)

Huh, I don't think anybody's bought my Parcoblatta more than twice or thrice....maybe mine are just inferior. 🤣

Nope - they may have wavered for a time, but now I have dozens of them! Yeah, it seems just keeping them on the floor in my house provides cool enough temps to account for a diapause as they are definitely reproducing again. 🙂

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8 hours ago, All About Arthropods said:

Huh, I don't think anybody's bought my Parcoblatta more than twice or thrice....maybe mine are just inferior. 🤣

Nope - they may have wavered for a time, but now I have dozens of them! Yeah, it seems just keeping them on the floor in my house provides cool enough temps to account for a diapause as they are definitely reproducing again. 🙂

More like I've been spamming FS ads everywhere all year long so I've had a lot of exposure, and Parcoblatta are one of the few roaches I've been consistently offering. 😂

Huh, well that's really good to know, glad they're doing well for you! And yeah that's been my dispause method for my micro darklings too, just keeping them on the floor in a dark, cool area seems to be enough to induce dispause. And then in the spring I bump up the temps, and they breed like mad.

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