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Arthroverts

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  1. I've used Eublaberus sp. "Ivory" and E. serranus. All you really need is a healthy starting number, an appropriate sized enclosure, and warmth. Once the colony gets big enough food disappears really quickly.

    I will say though I've had a lot of problems with too much moisture getting trapped in the enclosure because of all the water in fruits and veggies, so I would recommend good ventilation to prevent you ending up with a swamp in a bin.

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts

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  2. 2 hours ago, Gromphadorhini said:

    That's great :lol: In fact, yes, the phonetics of our languages is completely different, except for simple vowels and consonants. For example, it is very difficult for us to pronounce the article "the" :) It is easier for us to read it as "te" or in extreme cases as "ze". We have very close phonetics with Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

    And of course it is easier to read and understand than to speak in a foreign language, this is certainly :lol:

    And the Ukrainian language is generally very difficult. If I hear it on TV or on YouTube, I don’t understand anything at all what the Ukrainians are saying :lol:

    Yes indeed, I was just reviewing the Cyrillic alphabet and was trying to make sense of what I was seeing.

    How interesting! I never would have guessed "the" would be so problematic, but it makes sense after seeing how your alphabet doesn't really make allowance for it.

    Really? I've heard that in some areas Ukrainian and Russian are nearly identical, but maybe this was just a mistake or it has more to do with local dialects.

     

    But to return to the roaches, huzzah! Very good to hear they are already reproducing.

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts

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  3. Hullo everyone! The Invertebrate Club of Southern California's August meeting will be on the 21st (Saturday), from 10:00-11:30 AM, via Skype.  I have a few announcements to go over but otherwise bring your scientific names and your collection updates and I’ll see you there!

    Sneak peak: some hikes are being planned...

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts

  4. Hello everyone, the ICSC July meeting will be on the 17th, from 10:00-11:30 AM, via Skype. I will be back for this meeting after being away from the last two, and I'm excited to see everyone!


    This month Dr. Philip S. Ward from UC Davis has agreed to come to the meeting to discuss ants with us! He was the one who described Camponotus us-CA01 as C. johnsonii, and has been working with Southern California ants for many years now, including the elusive pseudomyrmecines the ant keepers amongst us love so much. Bring your questions and thoughts on all things myrmecological, and don't forget your scientific names, this isn't one you'll want to miss!

    Anywho, looking forward to this meeting, can't wait to see all who can make it!

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts

  5. Hello all, the Invertebrate Club of Southern California's May meeting will be on the 15th, from 10:00-11:30 AM, on Skype. We will be holding another raffle this meeting, and invertebrates are again the object of discussion ;D!

    Also, planning a hike/collecting trip in Riverside for the end of this month after the fantastic trip we had in April, stay tuned for more information.

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts

  6. Hello all, the Invertebrate Club of Southern California's April meeting will be on the 17th (Saturday), from 10:00-11:30 AM, via Skype. We will be discussing invertebrates as per usual, and there will be another (free) raffle at this meeting.

    We are also trying to organize a hike for the evening of the 18th (Sunday) in the San Gabriel Mountains at a spot along Highway 39. If interested please message me or email us through the club email address for further particulars.

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts

  7. I imagine it's just to rot the leaves faster, as far as I'm aware there's no benefit to doing it that particular way if you already have well-rotted leaves.

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts

    P.S I tried keeping a California species or locale of blue springtail, didn't end well as they wouldn't feed on anything I offered them and seemingly didn't like my temperatures. They eventually perished and I haven't seen anyone successfully breed USA blue springtails.

  8. Unlikely. Even though I'm not happy about Australia's ban, and even if I still don't think it's the best way to manage a nation's wildlife, as of late I've grown more recalcitrant to hope for the laxing of import laws because of the devastating effects the pet industry has wrecked upon wildlife the world over. With Australia at this point, it may be wise just to leave it closed like it is. By golly, we can't even keep a large number of species we've had before alive for more than a few years here in the US, and the same is even more true of Europe.

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts

  9. Good grief! This is terrible, I forgot to do this until the 8th of March!

    Anyways, the Invertebrate Club of Southern California's March meeting will be on the 20th, from 10:00-11:30 AM, via Skype. Unfortunately we are still meeting virtually, but fortunately there will be a raffle this meeting! Looking forward to seeing all who can make it (if I can figure out my camera problem with Skype that is, otherwise I'll just hear you...).

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts

  10. Hello all, the Invertebrate Club of Southern California's February meeting will be on the 20th (Saturday), from 10:00-11:30 AM, on Skype

    Dr. Jason E. Bond, who described Cryptocteniza kawtak, worked on the 2016 Aphonopelma revision and the 2012 Aptostichus revision (along with a small host of other works), will be coming to answer questions and discuss invertebrates (if all goes according to plan)! Bring your questions and scientific names, I know I am definitely going to be asking him about what we as hobbyists can do to protect C. kawtak and other California native mygalomorphs in the wild. 

    Looking forward to seeing all who can make it!

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts

  11. Despite my sleepiness after a crazy week, we all had a great time discussing mantids, roaches, ants, Triops, and all manner of other invertebrates (and a few vertebrates...) at this past January meeting. Though I unfortunately did not have the new T-shirt design ready in time, we did take advantage of our ability to share our collections via video: MrGhostMantis showed us his Deroplatys truncata, Hierodula membranacea, and Heterochaeta orientalis, sgvmantid showed us his two Stagmomantis limbata, and I showed some of my roaches and beetles. We also got to meet two new club members, XxSpiderQueenxX and RunDMLee, which was awesome.

    All in all we had a great time, and I'm already looking forward to the next one. 

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts

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