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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    Hey everyone, so far we have only three people who say they are going to be coming. With such a small group, it may not be worth the time and effort to try and get everything together. Therefore, I am going to say that if we don't have 5+ people coming to a meeting (in this case, the meeting this Saturday), we will just have to cancel it and reschedule for next month. Don't get me wrong, I really, really don't want to cancel, but it is just not worth the time and effort for me and my family to try and get down the hill from the High Desert. So, is anybody else planning and going to make an effort on coming? If so, please let me know! Thanks, Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    O.K everyone, I couldn't reach the Pasadena Public Library to find out if we could use one of their meeting rooms, and I have a sneaking suspicion that they would charge us to use them. Therefore, I propose meeting at the Arlington Garden (Arlington Garden in Pasadena, 275 Arlington Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105). It is friendly to pets (which means that I believe we can bring our creatures if were discreet about it), and it looks like it might even offer some collection opportunities. Everything else is the same (time, date, etc etc), we would just be moving the location; a map of the garden is located at the following link, http://www.arlingtongardenpasadena.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ArlingtonGarden_Map-08-22-top.pdf. Admission is free and you simply park on the street. There is a slight chance that it might rain, yet everything I've read has suggested that the garden is just as nice in the rain. We would probably all meet at the entrance and then go inside to find seating. I'll bring world famous doughnuts from Donut Man! Sound good? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Southern California Invertebrate Club Launching!

    March meeting coming up (March 23rd, Pasadena Public Library, 10:00-11:30 AM)! Check out our main thread at the above link for more details! Thanks, Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    Alrighty! I called the library but I couldn't speak with an actual person, so I will have to keep trying. I am also looking into getting a collector in the club who canvasses the region for invertebrates to tell us about some of his findings, so we'll see how that goes. Also, if anyone is interested in the conversations happening on Arachnoboards, the link is http://arachnoboards.com/threads/new-invertebrate-club-in-southern-california.314942/ FYI, I do post more information on the above thread at times because more people use Arachnoboards, just to let y'all know. Thanks, Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    I am looking at the Pasadena Public Library for the March meeting (Saturday the 23rd, 10:00-11:30 AM), and I will call tomorrow to see if they have an available meeting room. Sound good fellow Invertebrate-Enthusiasts, @Test Account, @Drteeth, @aoikirin? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    Club Meeting Update: 1. We all (as in everyone who attended the meeting) liked the idea of perhaps doing a group buy from a vendor, so were looking into maybe doing that ahead of this coming meeting. 2. Getting a club table at a reptile show looks like a real possibility sometime in the future. 3. I don't think paying a club membership fee will be necessary; just so long as we all participate and work together on club projects. 4. We have quite a few members with lengthly experience in the invertebrate/reptile hobby, so we may be able to source a guest speaker from within our ranks, as well as from other organizations. 5. Working out our deals in the parking lot of IHOP went smoothly, other than a few stares ;)... 6. Thanks to everyone who wore an invertebrate-related shirt! It sure helped out with us finding complete strangers at IHOP. I am looking into making club T-shirts so we can recognize each other better at meetings and reptile shows. 7. And finally, thank you so much to everyone for getting this club going! I am looking at you @Test Account, @Drteeth, @aoikirin (am I missing anybody?)! I am thinking March 23rd, 10:00-11:30 AM for the next meeting. It will be closer to LA, and we will see if we can find an invertebrate friendly location. Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Southern California Invertebrate Club Launching!

    @aoikirin, cool! Are you interested in joining us? Our next meeting will likely be in late March. Thanks, Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    Alright everyone, tomorrow's the meeting! Looking forward to seeing you there! Thanks, Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    @Drteeth, @Test Account, we have got 18-19 people interested in the club! Anymore Roach Forum people from SoCal? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Spirostreptus sp. Hybridization Possibility?

    @Allpet Roaches, I believe it is also listed as Spirostreptus sp. 8. I decided to go ahead and put them together, as the Spirostreptus sp. 8 are the size of male Archispirostreptus gigas, while the Spirostreptus sp. 1 are much smaller, so I don't think hybridization will be a problem anymore. Thank you for your help! Arthroverts
  11. Hello all, I am working on a multi-species millipede display tank, and I have a question about possible hybridization between some Spirostreptus species. I have a large (but I don't think mature) male/female pair of Spirostreptus sp. "Green Fairy Tail". The smaller one (the male I believe) is about five-six inches, while the larger is about six-eight inches. I also have five three-four inch Spirostreptus sp. 1, or Globular Millipedes. I would like to combine both species into my display, but I don't want to breed hybrids. Does anyone have experience with either of these species or other Spirostreptus and can shed some light here? I am not asking for advice or information based off of wholly different genera. Many thanks, Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    @Test Account were almost to February! I have just about got a guest speaker, I am going to see when I can reserve the space at IHOP, and we have got about 16-17 people interested in the club. The club poster will be coming out soon, so let's keep it going! Many thanks to all of you for making this club happen, Arthroverts
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    Southern California Invertebrate Club Launching!

    15 people interested in the club! Any other roach enthusiasts from SoCal on these here boards? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    New email out regarding communication! Please respond when you can. In other news, we have got 15 people interested in the club, and its not even February! Let's keep it up! Thank you to everyone for supporting the club and spreading the word!I am also searching for a guest speaker to come and speak for a portion of our meeting, possibly an entomology professor. If anybody knows a professor or author or renowned keeper/breeder who could come and speak at our meeting, please let me know.Thanks,Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    @Test Account Yes, on Arachnoboards we have already filled three pages with discussion before the first meeting! Club specific discussion will be carried out via email or on WhatsApp, while questions and comments that can benefit people seeking to join the club will be discussed either on here or on Arachnoboards. If you are interested in joining, please PM me your email so I can add you to the club email thread ASAP. Thanks, Arthroverts
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    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    We've got four people coming from Arachnoboards, any SoCal people from Roach Forum? If you are interested in joining, please send me a PM with your email so I can make an email thread with everyone so we can let each other know what we are bringing for trade/sell. Thanks, Arthroverts
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    My millipede chewed on my wrist!

    Wrasse, it is a kind of fish commonly kept in marine aquariums. Arthroverts
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    My millipede chewed on my wrist!

    Yes, I agree with @All About Arthropods. Andornatus ornatus is not a proper millipede species, but rather a kind of saltwater wrasse. Arthroverts
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    My millipede chewed on my wrist!

    Many millipedes do this when handled, it may be because many species seem to enjoy eating keratin, which is what our skin, hair, and nails are made of. Chitin, which makes up a millipedes exoskeleton, is also similar to keratin from what I hear (I am not 100% sure however), so it may be that they mistake our skin for chitin, which they eat on occasion in preparation for their next molt, causing this behavior. People with a low pain tolerance (like myself) may feel the chewing as painful pinches or uncomfortable rasping, and I believe larger species may chew enough to cause a large pinching feeling even for those with a high pain tolerance. What kind(s) of millipede do you have? Hope this helps, Arthroverts
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    Outdoor Composting Pets?

    It sounds like a great idea in theory. However, while most of the isopod species you suggest are already established within the U.S, many other kinds of isopods and most roach species are not (not counting Blatta sp.). If some were to get out of the composting enclosure (you probably won't be able to find a mesh that let droppings pass through without taking babies with it), it could wreak havoc on your local species and food chain. That is worst case scenario of course, but it COULD happen. Also, if the substrate is not deep enough, a freeze or heatwave could wipe out the whole project. I would rather suggest you do an indoor bin of some sort. I have a bin with 30+ Limax flavus and 10 Eublaberus posticus that I put my food waste into (fruits and vegetables only), and usually a whole apple/pear core can be gone in a couple of days. Plus, it does not smell or grow mold. I hardly do any maintenance on it, and the roaches burrow into the substrate (preventing anaerobic conditions from developing) while the slugs hide in a little pot I put in for them. I would like to add some Porcellio scaber to eat whatever is left over, but that is pretty much it. Completely self-cleaning and self-harvesting like you said. And thats my two cents! Hope it helps! Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Hey From NY!

    Welcome Cole! You are a big ant keeper I see, so I have a question for you. Have you kept any ponerine ants? I am interested in possibly keeping some. Many thanks, and welcome again! Arthroverts
  22. Hey all, I have got three vivariums that need filling, preferably with invertebrates of some kind. I would like a multi-species tank in there, and as you can see, they are mostly tropical. I was already thinking arboreal cockroaches (anyone know a good species or two?), amblypygi, orthopterans of some kind, terrestrial gastropods (slugs and snails), millipedes and other such stuff.Any suggestions (please be specific)? "19x"12x"123.5 +- inches of substrate.Bromeliad with pups center, pothos vine far right coming forward and looping over the bromeliad. I would like to get a chameleon vine for the pothos to wrap around eventually. Sphagnum moss and orchid flowers are on top of the substrate. "19x"12x"123.5 +- inches of substrate.Lemon plant center-left, pachira back right, not visible but there is a small spider-plant in the front right. Cork bark piece back left. Sphagnum moss is covering the substrate. "24x"19x"12, 20 gallon tall 6+ inches substrate.Bromeliad with pups left, fern back center, spider plant center middle. Upright wood branch in the center right. Not visible in the picture, but there is a small coconut half-hide in the back left corner. I would like to get some bamboo or another fern in the empty space to the back right. Sphagnum moss is covering the substrate. This one already Porcellionides pruinosus "Powdery Blue", Oxidus gracillis, and a healthy population of worms in it, with the latter two hitchhiking in with the plants. Substrate is invertebrate and reptile friendly, and all of these vivariums have been established for 4+ months or more.Thanks,Arthroverts
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    Chrysomelid larvae

    Wow! Both the chrysomelids and the other beetles are crazy looking! Thanks for sharing. Arthroverts
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    Blue death-feigning beetles - max humidity?

    From my experience they like the high humidity, in fact, I have only found them once in the wild, and that was after it had just rained. I have not found them in any place where it is dry, and the larva appear to enjoy high humidity as well. Take that with a grain of salt however, for from what I have heard, they also require a mostly dry substrate (for the adults). I am not really sure, but as long as they have periods of dryness, I think they should be fine. Can some more experienced beetle keepers weigh in on this? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Narceus gordanus Care

    Scarred and lethargic millipedes are usually not a safe bet to purchase, you want lively specimens with no apparent damage or scarring. They might not have been fed well or had been dropped, resulting in death later on. Anyway, good luck with your new specimens! Arthroverts
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