Author: Kyle Kandilian

9/25/2021: Native plants- just do it.

9/25/2021: Native plants- just do it.

I had high aspirations for blogging over the summer, unfortunately cut to a stump by a combination of overbooking my schedule and running out of energy amidst a bunch of yard projects. Maybe next...

9/23/2021: Savage Arenivaga of Sahuarita

9/23/2021: Savage Arenivaga of Sahuarita

I had hoped to give this sort of thorough treatment to the Arenivaga floridensis localities we had collected on our last Florida trip, however circumstances dictated otherwise. I may eventually loop back around to...

9/22/2021: Secrets of the roach vault

9/22/2021: Secrets of the roach vault

Despite the chaotic summer there are many projects I began when bug work was still at a full-time pace that are starting to come to fruition. Although I love sharing new projects, I try...

5/5/2021: Ayy lmaos at Roach Crossing

5/5/2021: Ayy lmaos at Roach Crossing

I may come across as pretty straight edge in a lot of my site work, but the truth is in person around a lot of other invertebrate people things tend to get pretty ridiculous....

5/4/2021: Background ablazin’

5/4/2021: Background ablazin’

With some code edits thanks to my good friend Maddie I’ve had the opportunity to post some pictures from my insect and other related travels. The current background picture was taken in Redland (Redlands...

5/3/2021: A flat-out nifty roach project

5/3/2021: A flat-out nifty roach project

Even though I posted about some of the roaches collected on the Florida trip, I feel I haven’t really done many roach related blog posts despite that being the primary focus of this site!...

4/3/2021: Cyanide and Sigmoria

4/3/2021: Cyanide and Sigmoria

After this week’s basement fiasco I was happy to receive a box from a good friend with some equally good goodies. These cf. Sigmoria sp. may look delicious but are capable of creating lethal...

4/1/2021: Holy shining beetles!

4/1/2021: Holy shining beetles!

Today is the perfect day to gush about these incredible beetles we found on weeds in Florida! These beautiful beetles are unbelievably shiny and very rare, only found in extreme southern Florida! Their color...

3/16/2021: Getting back on track

3/16/2021: Getting back on track

The last few weeks have really been a blur. The Florida trip was a huge success and I have many observations and things to share. I’m still in the middle of putting things away...

2/27/2021: Florida bound

2/27/2021: Florida bound

Today as I frantically prepare my collection for a few weeks’ absence, I look forward to what adventures and cool bugs await me in the exotic country of Florida. I’m excited to share my...

2/25/2021: Blue springtails buoyant in a bin

2/25/2021: Blue springtails buoyant in a bin

The color blue in living things has a very flexible definition. There are “blue” rabbits, “blue” flowers, and “blue” cats, but the true distribution of definitively blue coloration is rather sporadic and quirky (off...

2/20/2021: A little lubber update

2/20/2021: A little lubber update

Florida collecting trip preparations are in full swing as I hurry to tie up loose ends. The next few days will be my busiest order packing effort ever as last week’s delays and the...

2/19/2021: On Cubaris and Limestone

2/19/2021: On Cubaris and Limestone

One of the most frequently asked things about Cubaris care is whether or not limestone, which has been touted as critical to Cubaris health, is necessary. Many are surprised to find that I do...

2/8/2021: Non-roach availability updated

2/8/2021: Non-roach availability updated

Today’s another busy packing day but I’ve finally gone through and updated the pricing and availability of all non-roaches on the site! My next roach care day is this Thursday so I will be...

1/29/2021: Autumn grasshopper surprise

1/29/2021: Autumn grasshopper surprise

One of my favorite things about summer is finding obscure bugs outside and tinkering with keeping a culture going. This can end successfully (in this case of the showy moth flies), or not so...

1/25/2021: Isopod Project Sneak Peek

1/25/2021: Isopod Project Sneak Peek

With this week’s orders delayed by late heat packs and my drive to clear the backlog in full force, I couldn’t help but get a jump start on sorting and prepping some projects. When...

1/19/2021: Bundle up for real winter shipping

1/19/2021: Bundle up for real winter shipping

Today was my busiest shipping day ever with a few orders delayed until tomorrow. With real winter temperatures approaching, proper packaging and shipping services are more important than ever. Indoors, there are more comical...

1/18/2021: Projects on the Horizon

1/18/2021: Projects on the Horizon

It’s been great to be back into the swing of things and the changes I’ve made to my business model have been extremely satisfactory for me. I hope that others have noticed some of...

1/15/2021: Orson Wellesian monstrosity

1/15/2021: Orson Wellesian monstrosity

Patience is a virtue some virtuously lack. Impatient for adult goliath beetles, one of my friends purchased an adult male from none other than Bugs in Cyberspace and had it shipped to me for...

1/14/2021: Top-down roach cull basics

1/14/2021: Top-down roach cull basics

As we pass the halfway point this January I take a moment to panic about everything that needs to be done by spring. The fruits of many winter endeavors won’t be reaped for many...

1/11/2021: Isopod insanity, January edition

1/11/2021: Isopod insanity, January edition

I have been absent from many online communities for some time now, due to a complex combination of circumstances, but have noticed a very dramatic shift in isopod cultivation. The focus now seems to...

1/8/2021: Monogamy of the cockroaches

1/8/2021: Monogamy of the cockroaches

While taking some colony pictures for a trade I noticed a tiny comedy unfold. Her face buried in a rotting apple piece, an adult female Therea regularis was flicking her rear legs at a...

1/7/2021: January Isopod Slog

1/7/2021: January Isopod Slog

So far this winter has been pleasantly mild and while I’m not complaining, field work season will be upon us before we know it. I got the urge to re-do all of my old...

1/5/2021: Barrier Revolution

1/5/2021: Barrier Revolution

Over the last year or so I’ve been coordinating with Adam of Roachville on acquiring and stocking a revolutionary new enclosure barrier he’s discovered. This new material is inorganic, non-toxic, heat and cold resistant,...

1/3/2021: Roach room chef

1/3/2021: Roach room chef

Odd occurrences are to be expected in the bug room somedays and today was no exception. I have been working on some new methods for composting wood for detritivorous animals and among the techniques...

1/1/2021: Goliath news

1/1/2021: Goliath news

Two weeks ago I received some Goliathus goliatus larvae from Bugs in Cyberspace. Curious about communally housing this species despite numerous warnings, I put two of my larvae in 32 oz cups of mycelium-infused...

12/29/2020: Lobsters and assassins

12/29/2020: Lobsters and assassins

While packing some lobster roaches (Nauphoeta cinerea, or “woodies” for the handful of Aussie visitors) today I reflected on how useful this species is. They were one of the first dozen species I ever...

12/27/2020: Michigamazon

12/27/2020: Michigamazon

I hope everyone’s holidays are going as well as they can during these times!I’ll be continuing the new species additions into the fast-approaching New Year and still have a long way to go, but...

12/23/2020: Legend of the giant mealworm

12/23/2020: Legend of the giant mealworm

One of the gateway drug bugs is undoubtedly the common mealworm, Tenebrio molitor. The species has been a staple of laboratories, zoos, and classrooms for over a century, functioning as an easy feeder and...

12/21/2020: White Out isopod genetics 101

12/21/2020: White Out isopod genetics 101

Though roaches have been my main “thing” for years, in the background I’ve always had a lot of other projects running. Among them, a constantly churning slew of isopod morphs and localities. Many household...

12/20/2020: Bristly beetle biceps

12/20/2020: Bristly beetle biceps

One of the best things about insects is finding little secrets about their anatomy, biology, or physiology. Today while photographing some yellow-bellied sun beetles I found something very funny. The dorsal and ventral surfaces...

12/19/2020: Ghosts of Christmas present

12/19/2020: Ghosts of Christmas present

Considering the white wasteland outside I’m quite content to be indoors chipping away at site work. The New Species page is getting quite a few additions and my goal is to have at least...

12/18/2020: The giants arrive

12/18/2020: The giants arrive

About a week ago spurred on by the interests of a friend I decided it was time to work with some larger beetles. I’ve been quite fond of the cetoniines I’ve worked with over...

12/16/2020: A fresh coat of paint

12/16/2020: A fresh coat of paint

Greetings everyone, As some have noticed, there have been sizable changes to the content and aesthetic of the site. The last few years haven’t been ideal for me, but I feel some things have...