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  1. 8 minutes ago, MrGhostMantis said:

    Nice! I was hoping thats what it is! As soon as I have a colony going I have something to sell lol. I’m just gonna call it Powder Blue m. Orange tail. I wonder if anyone else has these...

    Just remembered that P.floria also should occur over there as well, but whatever you have, the orange uropods are still unusual. :) Good luck on isolating the genetics!

  2. On 8/26/2020 at 12:16 AM, MrGhostMantis said:

    The sky :D

    This I can not deny.

    On 8/26/2020 at 5:21 AM, Hisserdude said:

    My plans for 2020, in the air... 😂 

    Oof. 🙃

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  3. On 8/11/2020 at 10:58 AM, Jimbobtom said:

    Do you have lis on your bins? How do you keep it from melting the plastic? 

    Oh, I keep it on a stand about 4 feet away from the shelves, so things only ever reach the mid to high 80s in the center of the beam. Of the 3 racks on the shelf, it heats the center one thoroughly and then about 1/3 of the others. I usually keep my stuff that only requires room temps for breeding on the top and bottom shelves because of this.

  4. These are definitely lateralis (specifically adult females pictured).

    As for the odd behaviors you describe - are you sure the walls of your enclosure are free of any residue? If there's any texture at all, I wouldn't be surprised that they could scale it. On the topic of burrowing - when do you see them do it?

  5. 7 hours ago, Jimbobtom said:

    So for like 30-50+ colonies, what do you guys find to be the best way to heat? I've been using a space heater on low setting, but even that is more expensive than I'd like. Safety is also a major concern. I think I may have even asked this before, but can't seem to find the thread.

    I use one large brooder lamp with a 250 watt heat bulb for each of my shelves.

  6. Welcome to the forum! :D 

    For the gravid hisser, just make sure you're providing adequate heat (low to mid 80s is probably best), hides, and a fair amount of fruit and leave the rest up to her. I wouldn't personally be worried about the fact that she hasn't given birth yet. I haven't kept hissers in a while (so I don't exactly remember the length of their gestation period down to a tee), but the time she's taken so far doesn't sound abnormal. 

  7. 21 hours ago, Arthroverts said:

    Ah, I am beginning to understand. The interest has always been there, but the ability has not.



    I could have worded that slightly better now that I think about it, but yes, that is exactly what I meant. 🙂 When I was more or less "starting up", I didn't really have the appropriate resources (in this case, feeders) on hand for keeping many predatory arthropods at all. I have since built up a large collection of isopods and decent colonies of a couple feeder roach species, which have made keeping predators much more realistic. 

  8. 12 hours ago, Arthroverts said:

    "Your move towards the arachnid side of the hobby perturbs me Lord AAA..."

    "Most pleasing, it is, to see you know of the light..."


    Ha ha, just kidding. You do seem to have developed more of an interest in scorpions however @All About Arthropods as of late; any particular reason why?



    I wouldn't say that my interest in them has really spiked that much of recent, but my feeder roach/isopod availability has. 😛

  9. 1 hour ago, Jimbobtom said:

    So you mean the parasitic types will not mess with a dead roach? I've seen these flies go after food I put in as well, even carrots. Of course they prefer the protein. I'm sure they're phorid of some kind because they have the hump backs and run all over the surfaces. 

    I had not thought they would. If you've observed them going after average foods, I guess they would though. Sorry I can't offer any other advice. :( 

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  10. 4 hours ago, Jimbobtom said:

    Thank you for responding! So how can one tell a parasitic phorid vs the type that just feeds on dead things?

    No problem! I was saying that if you put out a dead roach, monitor it, and see if the flies mess with it, that should tell you which type of Phorid they are.

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  11. 1 hour ago, Acro said:

    Aww man . . . what a ridiculous oversight!  I've been keeping bugs for over 20 years . . . just goes to show that even us 'old timers' can make a super rookie mistake!  

    Thank you for pointing that out . . . yes, I've been meaning to type Porcellio hoffmannseggi this whole time . . . 

    Guess that brings me back to my original question . . . Any good care info or links for Porcellio hoffmannseggi?  

    Mine do well in an 18 qt. container with good ventilation. Things are basically bone dry except for one corner of the enclosure that I keep a moist clump of sphagnum moss in. Besides that, they have a couple, large pieces of bark for hiding under. Their diet consists of dog food and carrot.

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