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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
  8. 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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    Narceus gordanus Care

    Their care is pretty much identical to most other millipedes, although they like cooler temperatures than some of the tropical species. They are spirobolids as well, meaning quality rotting wood in quantity is necessary to keep them healthy. What temperature were you keeping them at, and did the substrate dry out? Was there obvious cracks or scars in their exoskeletons? Were they lethargic when you first got them? If you can answer these questions it will be easier to determine the cause of death. Hope this helps, Arthroverts
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    Sweet chunks for Cockroaches :-P

    Wow, thats pretty cool. Are the croquette's real crumbly, or do they hold up reasonably well? Thanks, Arthroverts
  14. Awesome! That so cool looking! I like the contrast between the species coloration. Do you ever keep more than two species together? Thanks, Arthroverts
  15. Hello all, I just caught a male-female pair of mature (looks like their mature anyway) Parcoblatta americana, and since I would like to breed this species, does anybody know about their general care? Housing? Feeding? Breeding? Looking forward to learning from the community! Thanks in advance, Arthroverts
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    Parcoblatta americana care?

    Thanks @Randomjoe, I have set up a cage similar to what you described, with oak leaves from where I found them. Unfortunately, the male died, and the female ate most of his abdomen. I am not sure if it was cannibalism or not. By the way, how often do they need water, based on what you know about P. divisa? Thanks for all your help! Arthroverts
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    Parcoblatta americana care?

    The male is winged, and their both the maximum size for this species from what I can see. I will try and upload some good pictures here soon. Thanks
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    Arthroverts Joins...

    Hello all, 1. Do you currently raise any roaches? Therea petiveriana, hopefully Eublaberus posticutis, and Parcoblatta americana 2. If so, how many? 10-12 Therea petiveriana, Eublaberus posticutis 8-10, 2 Parcoblatta americana. 3. Do you culture roaches as pets or feeders? 4. If feeders, what kinds? Only Eublaberus posticutis as feeders, the others to breed and sell for pets. 5. Are there any specific roach questions that you would like to ask the community? Only one now. I just collected the 2 Parcoblatta americana, and I was wondering if anyone knows the care for these guys? Appropriate setup? Thanks in advance. 6. How did you find our community? I believe through Arachnoboards, or some blog. By the way, I also run the blog http://arthroverts.org/, and pictures of my collection are added there relatively frequently, so fell free to check it out! Thanks all, Arthroverts