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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!

    15 people interested in the club! Any other roach enthusiasts from SoCal on these here boards? 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!

    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
  12. 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
  18. Awesome! That so cool looking! I like the contrast between the species coloration. Do you ever keep more than two species together? Thanks, Arthroverts
  19. 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
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