Category: Blog Posts

8/8/2022: Westward bound

8/8/2022: Westward bound

Today, I depart on my arduous journey out west to satisfy my lust for more sand roaches and spend some important time with a special someone. Though I can’t say for certain what awaits,...

7/25/2022: The dog days of summer

7/25/2022: The dog days of summer

The days are long, hot, and oscillating between dry and wet. My to-do list is long and seems never-ending. Several trips are behind me, and one big one looms on the near horizon. The...

7/21/2022: Tennessee trip, in short

7/21/2022: Tennessee trip, in short

I didn’t know it was possible for 2 days to feel like 2 weeks, and yet last weekend did. Over 16 hours straight of driving and only 7 hours of viable collecting time made...

7/`16/2022: A crop of baby Florida false wetas

7/`16/2022: A crop of baby Florida false wetas

One of the projects I’ve been intimately documenting on the livestream has been progress with Tafalisca eleuthera, known to hobby keepers as the Florida false weta. My experiences are well-detailed on the Youtube channel,...

7/12/2022: A new page for even more bugs!

7/12/2022: A new page for even more bugs!

Collecting Trip Finds and Wild-Caught Availability After grappling with the idea for a while I’ve finally added a page for wild-caught stock and trip finds. Thinking forward to the out west trip, it has...

7/10/2022: My dastardly public betrayal

7/10/2022: My dastardly public betrayal

Being understaffed once more in addition to this being the peak time of year for new bug cultures, I have been pretty pressed for time and energy. Regardless of my petty needs for decent...

7/2/2022: Big and buxom Appalachian ladies

7/2/2022: Big and buxom Appalachian ladies

At some point in academic bug circles Narceus americanus gained the common name “American giant millipede”. While the species (as it’s currently described) is quite large among the many introduced julide of the eastern...

6/30/2022: Fall cybersale in the works

6/30/2022: Fall cybersale in the works

There are some big things in the works for this fall, and unfortunately after being out of the Tinley Park expo scene for a few years it’s become impossible to get a table. Though...

6/26/2022: Back from the break!

6/26/2022: Back from the break!

Hello once more! With my mind and body rested after a good break, I will be back to standard operations once more. E-mails should be cleared within a few days and pending orders processed...

6/17/2022: Staycation begins

6/17/2022: Staycation begins

Today marks the start of the first semi-formal vacation I’ve had in years! I’ll be using this time to catch up on yard projects, do some hiking, spend some time with a special someone,...

6/14/2022: June 16th Livestream cancelled

6/14/2022: June 16th Livestream cancelled

Some unfortunate news for all the livestream fans: this week’s livestream is cancelled. I forgot that I had double booked this Thursday for a livestream but had previously committed to doing a native edible...

6/10/2022: Necrophiliac Necrophila

6/10/2022: Necrophiliac Necrophila

The meme of “disgusting bugs” is pervasive in western culture, and many of us who frequent this site do our best to dispel and educate away these erratic stigmas. However, there are truly beautiful...

6/6/2022: Another bustling week with updates

6/6/2022: Another bustling week with updates

For those who haven’t watched last week’s livestream, I’m coming off the heels of both my parents contracting covid and needing frequent care which has set back many of the day-in, day-out operations at...

5/29/2022: Gampr at work

5/29/2022: Gampr at work

May 26th was Viktor’s first birthday, and pending genetic testing in another 8 months he’ll be viable for studding! We have been working on his cross-species socializing daily, and some things have come more...

5/21/2022: New success with Blattella vaga?

5/21/2022: New success with Blattella vaga?

Younger iterations of Kyle had some incredible roach luck. To this day I occasionally struggle with Deropeltis sp., Neostylopyga rhombifolia, and Eurycotis opaca, species I was able to produce in good numbers consistently in...

5/10/2022: The Grand Roach List

5/10/2022: The Grand Roach List

Sometimes I get a little itch to crawl the bug room and catalogue all of my strains/species, and that feeling struck again the other day. About once a year it’s nice to have a...

5/9/2022: The Amado Arenivaga assortment

5/9/2022: The Amado Arenivaga assortment

Riding on the coat tails of Arenivaga apacha “Cave Creek Canyon”‘s success, sp. “Amado” are ready for an upgrade. However, this locality poses a unique problem: it is a mixture of two species! Arenivaga...

4/23/2022: The cool cerci of Pseudoglomeris tarsalis

4/23/2022: The cool cerci of Pseudoglomeris tarsalis

Perisphaerinae have received a lot of love lately with the expanding availability of Pseudoglomeris magnifica. There has been another species brewing in the shadows, though. Pseudoglomeris tarsalis seems to be magnifica‘s even easier-going cousin,...

4/21/2022: Black German progress

4/21/2022: Black German progress

Roach keepers in the United States have been ashamed to admit for some time that the “easiest” roach to keep, the one that can be found at infestation levels in apartments, dorm rooms, and...

4/18/2022: The mighty Megaphasma

4/18/2022: The mighty Megaphasma

Right before the Alabama trip I was sent a good number of one of North America’s most delightful boneless treasures: Megaphasma dentricus. This species holds the record for the continent’s longest insect and despite...

4/15/2022: Welcoming home Masoala hissers

4/15/2022: Welcoming home Masoala hissers

Jumping back into the blog-o-sphere, this week famed Invertebrate Dude TJ sent me a lovely box of new roach goodies, many of which are gracing my presence for the first time. Among those goodies...

4/7/2022: Spring status update!

4/7/2022: Spring status update!

Hello again everyone after a drought of posts! This is a mid-depth update to bring you all up to speed with some current goings-ons at Roach Crossing. It’s been tough finding time to do...

3/27/2022: A new line of pure portentosa?

3/27/2022: A new line of pure portentosa?

The Alabama trip was incredibly fruitful and it’s been a chore to prioritize what things get put away first with everything that needs to be done. One thing I set up almost immediately was...

3/25/2022: Farewell and Godspeed Will!

3/25/2022: Farewell and Godspeed Will!

The dust is still settling from the Alabama trip as I hurriedly catch up on e-mails, blog posts (soon!), and putting away the many awesome finds we made, but amidst this I have some...

3/17/2022: Off to collect in Alabama

3/17/2022: Off to collect in Alabama

The winds of whim blow southwards yet again as Will and I depart on what may be our shortest expedition yet: a weekend blitz of ‘Bama for some miscellaneous bugs and a chance to...

3/4/2022: Buxom mantid lady musings

3/4/2022: Buxom mantid lady musings

Getting back into mantids has been a mixture of elation and frustration. Progress with some species has gone swimmingly, with growth being rapid and feeding a breeze with typical feeder fare. Others have been...

3/2/2022: Battle of the bark roaches

3/2/2022: Battle of the bark roaches

Surely, in the coming days roach keepers will face an inflammatory schism: which is cooler, Lanxoblatta rudis, or Phortioeca sp. “Ecuador”? There has been a consistent struggle over the years to perpetuate Lanxoblatta rudis...

2/28/2022: Tafalisca all grown up

2/28/2022: Tafalisca all grown up

It seems like only yesterday I received a healthy sampling of Florida invertebrates from Kai and Alan, and now some of the little lads and lasses they collected are all grown up. I took...

2/26/2022: A meeting of epic proportions

2/26/2022: A meeting of epic proportions

Last Sunday I was willingly dragged down to that most cursed place, the state of Ohio, by Kai to pick up some bugs from vanguard invertebrate master Orin McMonigle. Orin has been around the...

2/4/2022: Growing grantii

2/4/2022: Growing grantii

The lone female Embaphion contusum from New Mexico wasn’t the last Arizona trip’s only lucky lady. I posted before about a lone female Dynastes grantii, seemingly out of season at our Cave Creek Canyon...

1/26/2022: Back to it

1/26/2022: Back to it

Greetings once more from frigid Michigan! The last 10 days have been a mix of very productive and very much the opposite. While I was finally able to finish setting up all the new...

1/15/2022: Upcoming roach merch

1/15/2022: Upcoming roach merch

Cold weather, incessant USPS delays, and a backlog of standard and project work have been weighing me down the past week, but there is something very tangible for me to look forward too! I...

1/14/2022: Florida false weta female!

1/14/2022: Florida false weta female!

It seems I do a lot of blog posts about Florida trip content, but that’s because there’s always a new Florida project getting established to discuss. During the March 2021 Florida trip I was...

1/11/2022: Bug room restructuring

1/11/2022: Bug room restructuring

We’ve hit the dead of winter, and that usually means I get antsy and want to reorganize everything. I’ve put off organizing racks by taxa, but with the growing additions to the bug haul...

1/8/2022: Goliath beetles round two

1/8/2022: Goliath beetles round two

I chronicled at length last year my attempt to streamline goliath beetle husbandry, as well as my successes and failures therein. This year, armed with that knowledge, I’m giving them another go. I’m determined...

1/6/2022: Magnificent news

1/6/2022: Magnificent news

It only took nine months, but I have finally propagated Pseudoglomeris magnifica “Cuc Phuong”! A few days ago while raiding the bin for springtails, I noticed some chubby babies hanging out near the food...

1/4/2022: New Arenivaga culture updates

1/4/2022: New Arenivaga culture updates

Almost four months have passed since the Arizona collecting blitz trip, and I have some mostly positive updates regarding the very reason I went: Arenivaga! I don’t think I ever put out a full...

1/1/2022: Happy New Year from Roach Crossing!

1/1/2022: Happy New Year from Roach Crossing!

Another year, another bug! May your cultures be ever bountiful as we scuttle into 2022! All orders time stamped/submitted today with a brief explanation of why you’re looking forward to your new species will...

12/25/2021: Merry Christmas from Roach Crossing!

12/25/2021: Merry Christmas from Roach Crossing!

Wishing everyone a very Merry (and relatively stress-free) Christmas! I’ve been busy the last few days with inventory, putting away new cultures, and prepping my new style isopod enclosures. With Will away working on...

12/19/2021: Meek Leidyula makes its move

12/19/2021: Meek Leidyula makes its move

One of the downsides about nocturnal animals is that while we’re up (at least, normal human beings without over-saturated schedules), they’re not. But, just like when you gotta go, you gotta go, sometimes there’s...

12/8/2021: Likin’ the licheny Liturgusa maya

12/8/2021: Likin’ the licheny Liturgusa maya

Gonatista grisea is Florida’s best-known (and previously only known) lichen-mimicking mantid. It has competition, though. Liturgusa maya was discovered in Florida around 2016, hiding out in several south Florida neighborhoods and parks. How it...

12/1/2021: Generating green ghosts

12/1/2021: Generating green ghosts

Continuing on my mantid kick, I’ve been amassing Phyllocrania paradoxa from multiple sources to create a breeding colony. Kai was able to find a young female for a good price at a local expo,...

11/5/2021: The legend of One-Eyed Willy

11/5/2021: The legend of One-Eyed Willy

It’s fascinating to find aberrant roaches and work backwards to see if they’re the result of some weird genetics, deformity, or getting monched by their conspecifics. Sometimes these determinations can (disappointingly) take years to...

10/30/2021: All caught up on e-mails!

10/30/2021: All caught up on e-mails!

With elated heart I’m happy to announce that my ridiculously full inbox has been cleared! If you didn’t get a response, it may have been filtered out or from my semi-arbitrary answering cut-off date...

10/21/2021: Communal whipspider success

10/21/2021: Communal whipspider success

Continuing with another Florida updates (half a year later seems to be a good amount of time to see if projects take off or flop), I have some wonderful news from my Paraphrynus cf....

10/17/2021: Down with the sickness

10/17/2021: Down with the sickness

After avoiding serious illness throughout the covid-19 situation as well as for the last few years, it seems my luck finally ran out and on Wednesday I fell grievously ill. Though I tested negative...

10/12/2021: Booklice bonanza

10/12/2021: Booklice bonanza

William Samojeden’s old publication perusing skills have shined through once more with another ridiculously tiny invertebrate: book lice! Will was kind enough to share the husbandry techniques he’d compiled from various literature and I...

10/8/2021: Bountiful Bylas springtails

10/8/2021: Bountiful Bylas springtails

Springtails are like teeny, tiny indigenous cockroaches that can be kept in a relatively standardized manner and come in a lovely array of colors, shapes, and textures. In addition to a season that lasts...

10/5/2021: Arenivaga updates

10/5/2021: Arenivaga updates

It’s been about a month since the Arizona trip and I have some favorable to good updates on the Arenivaga I’ve collected! Overall the cultures have been doing well in captivity. To guarantee success...

9/26/2021: The “final” Goliath update!

9/26/2021: The “final” Goliath update!

Here’s the post you’ve all been waiting for: notes on my failure with goliath beetles! Well, kind of, but not really. I posted a while ago on trying some experimental rearing methods with goliath...

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...