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  1. I would likely have permits too, except I can't get a permit until a later time (I also have many family members living with me, which I'm sure the USDA/APHIS would not be happy about).

    Lastly, I was just reading about the Plant Protection Act, and apparently Paragraph 2 says that anyone can petition the Secretary to add or remove plant pests from regulation. Is this something we should look into further for millipedes?

    I know this might be coming across as fanatical (ha ha), but if there is anyway that we can get exotic millipedes deregulated, I am interested in pursuing it. I am starting to get tired of only seeing tiny Bumblebees, even tinier Scarlets, and the average Narceus or Chicobolus available.



  2. Hey all, with the (relatively) recent deregulation of 3 Goliathus sp. and multiple roach species I am wondering if there is any hope that exotic millipedes will be deregulated in the US? I believe they are banned under the Lacey Act, which protects US agriculture, but millipedes are detrivores that starve without adequate rotting vegetation. To my knowledge, hobby species that have become established within the US (such as Trigoniulus corallinus and Anadenobolus monilicornis in Florida) haven't damaged native ecosystems, agriculture, or harmed local populations of millipedes, not to mention that most species would likely be unable to establish populations outside of Florida. I can't speak to invasive non-hobby species such as the various small julids and Oxidus gracilis, but for the most part it appears that the non-native spirostreptids and spirobolids kept in captivity (possibly other platy-and-polydesmids, sphaerotheriids, and glomerids as well) would be of very little, if any, threat to local ecosystems and agriculture.

    Anyway, back to the original question: is there any hope that exotic millipedes will be deregulated in the US? Do we have any Senators that are sympathetic to our cause (I'm half-joking on this one)? Or will we have to continue to watch Europeans collection's grow our own availability languishes?



  3. On 7/1/2019 at 4:18 PM, Axolotl said:

    Lats4life said:

    Just wait @ Panch-Laura. Your turn is coming. #upwithlats

    Arthur Aeluropoda said:

    @SirUblaberus, I won't be traded. My human has a soft spot for majors. But good news. That little guy is gone. Sold to the highest bidder. Plenty more to take his place though, and they're eating all the corn on the cob before I can get to it. Nothing but carrots this week. #roachworldproblems

    ChopardiParty said:

    Is anyone else loving these temps!? My human brought me and the fam out of the bug room for some natural 85° fresh air. Nymphs are out playing. Finally get some peace and quiet! #freshair #hightemps #itsaparty #datenight

    SirUblaberus said:

    Good for you @Arthur Aeluropoda! Same problem though, just got a MONSTER carrot thrown in, and what do the nymphs do? Swarm it and drag it to the bottom of the cage, and then proceed to eat all of it! They left us adults only about a quarter of the bottom part! Argh!

    #respectyourelders #adultsfirst #roachworldproblems


  4. Hello all, the Invertebrate Club of Southern California's September meeting is set for the 21st, 10:00-11:30 AM at Arlington Gardens in Pasadena. 
    I am still looking for a guest speaker, but if we can't find one I'm thinking we'll just let this one off for free conversation :).

    If you know you will be coming, let me know please :). Looking forward to seeing all who can make it! 




    41 minutes ago, aoikirin said:

    Lol I love this topic 


    19 minutes ago, Axolotl said:

    Please join us in our nerdery. 😉

    SirUblaberus said:

    By golly, when are they going to patch that human in the software?!? Here they are commenting on our discussions, like they even know what were talking about!? Even Fangbook, home of the horrible arachnid conversations, has been able to boot off their hackers, and fix the bugs...I mean humans, in their software!

    *beep boop beep* ....Hello, is this Roach Security?


  6. @Betta132, the only problem with the Banana roaches is that they burrow, at least the nymphs do, and thus would uproot my plants. 

    @Shinylarvitar97, I am strongly considering Deropeltis based on what you said. They have strong chemical defenses from what I hear, so I don't think the assassins would prey too much on them.

    The gap alongside the door is about 1/16" (I will measure and get a conclusive answer), so are Little Kenyans/Bananas/Hissers that small as nymphs?



  7. @Shinylarvitar97 I figured with the assassins, which is why I want something that reproduces quickly, like the Little Kenyans or Eublaberus. The cage has very tiny ventilation holes (about the size of a metal pin head, not the plastic pin heads) on the front, but they are mostly obscured by the moss. It also has the standard Zoo Med screen ventilation for the top lid.

    The problem with Therea, besides what you already said, is that they are so active they would become instant targets for the assassins. Coupled with their short longevity/slow breeding process, I can see them dying out pretty quick. I want something that you can see pretty regularly but also reproduces at such a rate that if 5-6 become meals every two weeks the colony wouldn't die out.

    Maybe a Deropeltis sp.? Or a Gyna sp.? Do they burrow much?



  8. Here is what I am thinking of doing for this tank (a 12" by 12" by 18" tall Zoo Med front opening glass cage). Currently has a Pachira, Lemon Plant, and a Spider Plant growing in 3-4 inches of Reptisoil, with a drainage layer of clay balls; a large piece of cork is angled at the back against the glass. A thick layer of sphagnum moss covers the substrate with some rotting oak and Pachira leaves topping it off.

    I want to do 4-6 Pystalla horrida and get a small colony established, along with some Blaberidae sp. "Little Kenyans", along with the arboreal roach species (maybe a hisser species?) and some sort of isopod species. Maybe even a beetle than can take a high moisture level.



  9. Hello all, I am looking for an active, easy-to-keep (and breed), terrestrial if not arboreal roach species to keep in a new multi species vivarium I am setting up. Any suggestions?

    I'd love to keep Eublaberus sp. or Panchlora sp. in the enclosure, but they burrow so much I think they might destroy the plant's roots.