Ryan, thats all I've use as well. I use to use water and a little bit of soap, but I then found out that water works just as good.Just water huh, I am going to have to try that. I used rubbing alcohol and don't get anywhere near that good when I try to unfold dry molts.
This article should clear things up a bit...When i look at this particular pic i would swear i also see the same parts i would normally use to identify the T as female. However, i also can see where the poster is talking about the noticible epiandrous fusillae on the reverse side. This N. chromatus in the pic had its ultimate molt and was in fact male. What are those little flaps i am seeing in that pic? What is the difference in the flaps in the N. chromatus pic and the flap in the B. boehmei pic? How would a complete novice like myself actually know if the flaps they are looking at are an indication of the T being male or female? My MM B. smithi had NO flap?? Why am i so confused??