For those of you not in the know, Pārvatī and Hemingway are the names of the two Madagascan hissing cockroaches that were given to me during the entomology course I took in the fall. They generally won't mate until the temperature reaches 80° F, so it's only been in the past month that their interest has risen to the point where Blatella snogging is a possibility. However, about a week ago I noticed that Pārvatī's abdomen had started to swell considerably - more so then I would expect if she were preparing to molt - and she's nowhere near as active now compared to when the two first arrived at my new apartment.
I don't have the supplies necessary to keep 20 to 30 baby cockroaches (I'd have to go out and buy a bunch of Vaseline for starters), which means most of them are destined to be meals for the anoles, tarantulas, and archerfish over at Wendell and Derek's apartment. An interesting thing about hissing cockroaches is that they give birth to live young instead of laying eggs, so I won't know how many babies I have to deal with until they've already been delivered. So much for planned (allo-) parenthood. And because this entry wouldn't be complete without a picture, I present the following: