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  1. Hey all, just putting the word out that the Invertebrate Club of Southern California (ICSC) is starting up! Check it out at...
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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
  3. Hello all, the new Invertebrate Club of Southern California (ICSC, this will be the name of the club unless otherwise noted) is forming now! All hobbyists who can attend are welcome! This club will seek to increase the understanding and knowledge of invertebrates of all kinds (roaches, tarantulas, true spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, ants, butterflies, insects of all other kinds, isopods, crabs and other crustaceans, slugs and snails, Echinoderms, Cnidarians, and pretty much all other kinds of invertebrates: Note, this list is not arranged according to how much preference will be placed on discussing the various invertebrate groups above) amongst invertebrate hobbyists as well as the general public. We will have monthly meetings on such subjects as: (1) The care of certain species propagated in the hobby, (2) Creating and maintaining habitats, plants, and materials for our creatures, (3) Discussions on new species entering the hobby, (4) Discussions on certain aspects of the hobby, (5) Promoting understanding of the various regulations regarding importing and propagating certain species, (6) Reviewing invertebrate vendors, And hopefully, we will be able to host guest speakers to talk on various issues and aspects of this amazing hobby. We would also like to be able to display our own creatures at these meetings, and provide a space to trade and sell our livestock amongst each other. Some benefits of this club, hopefully, would be: 1. An area where we can get information and help from each other for the creatures within our care. 2. A fun time to collaborate and talk with each other about the invertebrate hobby. 3. Club trips to collecting sites. 4. Importing our own creatures from abroad. 5. Hosting a table at reptile/invertebrate shows and expos where members can sell their livestock. 6. Regular raffles for equipment and animals. 7. Outreaches to the community to educate the public on this incredible area of creation, invertebrates. 8. Make visits to each others homes to view their collections (with consent of the owner of course). Hopefully this list will get larger in time. Requirements to join the club would be: 1. One must have an interest in invertebrates (obviously), whether just observing them in the wild or keeping them in captivity. 2. One must treat others in the club with respect and honor, even if you disagree with them on certain styles of care, collecting, or handling, and since this is an invertebrate club, religion, politics and other such subjects will not be discussed at all during club functions. 3. You must be in good standing with the invertebrate community, scammers or people who are found to cheat others will be stripped of their membership. Also, people who fight invertebrates against each other, dramatize invertebrates in a way that promotes fear and misunderstanding, or regularly mishandle their animals in a way that is dangerous to themselves or others, will not be allowed to join. Honesty and integrity are expected here. 4. A willingness to participate in club activities and to advance the invertebrate hobby with respect and kindness. (a note on communication: it would be helpful, if not necessary, to have an Arachnoboards and/or a Roach Forums account and an email address that we can reach you by). This club will be law-abiding in every way possible. We will not illegally import nor take endangered species from the wild without the proper permits. A yearly entry fee will be discussed at the first meeting, and, if it is decided to be used, it would be reasonable ($20-$30 a year), and the money would be used to purchase raffle prizes, import animals, and rent tables at reptile shows. All members will hold each other accountable when it comes to money and other such things. Our suggested first meeting time is February the 23rd, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, at IHOP, 7228 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701. This would be a sort of planning and get-to-know-each-other meeting, figuring out where we want to go as a club, discuss entry fee (if necessary), and invite local reptile and invertebrate shops to support us. Also, you are encouraged to bring along your livestock to trade, sell, or display (not too many creatures, unless you are making a large trade arranged beforehand, and no highly venomous species please)! Any suggestions, comments, or constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated! 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
  10. 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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    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
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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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