About Roach Crossing
My name is Kyle Kandilian, and I’m a full-time commercial entomologist.
In October 2006, I was introduced to hissing cockroaches. By September of the next year, I had acquired about a half dozen species of cockroach. From there, my collection grew, and I began to trade and sell my extras. In April 2011, I created www.RoachCrossing.com to broadcast a large selection of roaches and other invertebrates in the hopes of expanding the hobby of insect cultivation and enjoyment. Today, over 100 species of cockroach alone are regularly available from Roach Crossing, and the number is always growing. All organisms offered on the site are captive bred by me with few exceptions (those that are not have been acquired from fellow hobbyists who have bred the species in captivity).
My dad and me vending at a local reptile expo
I have been interested in insects for as long as I can remember, and my passion for insect cultivation, identification, and conservation persists to this day. On April 27th, 2014 I graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a degree in Environmental Science, biology focus. For my final project I conducted a soil invertebrate analysis project under the experienced guidance of ecologist and ornithologist Dr. Orin Gelderloos, the results of which I am currently compiling for public access and use. When I’m not out crawling around a forest or sweep netting in a meadow, I enjoy tending to my houseplants, relaxing with my poultry, or playing video games like Overwatch and Minecraft.
Checking a black light for insects in Florida (Photo by Chuck Ford) Friends of the Rouge team leader training (Photo by Sally Petrella)