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Planet Porcellio

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  • Birthday 10/12/1973

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  1. Hello. I've been breeding a few species of Isopods (sowbugs) for a few years. All you need is some damp peat (or coconut fiber- soil), carrots or potato, and a small amount of fish flakes. As long as you keep the environment damp, you should have no problems keeping and breeding them. You can read more about their care on my website here: http://www.angelfire.com/planet/porcellio/ Best of luck! Paul
  2. You can check the isopod's eyes, and see if there is any pigment. I'm working on a pure white Porcellio scaber colony right now, and they have white eyes (can't even see them).... but I also have a small colony of yellow Porcellio scaber, and they have the usual gray/black eyes. There are definitely pigmentless isopods around, would love to see how pure yours is as well.
  3. Hey Matt. Yup, these are the same size as the Orange Porcellio, just pure white (with the gut line visible). They grow to about 1/2" or so. Happened to stumble across just one in the wild, and isolating has been a rough road... still a work in progress.
  4. So I'm still working on isolating this pure white morph. It's been a long road, and seems to be a rare color form, but I refuse to give up. I can't wait to have a thriving colony. They are completely lacking pigment, even down to their eyes (white).... like giant Trichorhina tomentosa.
  5. I have a B fumigata culture, and it seems some of the mature males have full wings, and some have the vestigial stubs. Could it be a reaction to environmental conditions like Lubber grasshoppers have? I find it odd to have both wing types in one culture. Any ideas??? Paul
  6. Daniel, Right now I have Armadillidium vulgare, Oniscus asellus, Dwarf White isopods, Pygmy maroon isopods, and the common gray and bright orange cultures of Porcellio. I also get in some Philoscia muscorum - those are the difficult ones to breed. What species do you have over there?
  7. Daniel, I breed a few different species of Isopods too. Unfortunately there are a couple of species that don't seem to do well in captivity. One thing I've noticed that does make a difference is overfeeding. In the wild these guys do well in leaf mold, but when confined to an enclosure, it's almost as if it becomes toxic to them if there is too much mold or fungus. The best results I've found have been with a container of clean peat or coconut fiber, with pieces of wood laying on top, and I only feed them a dusting of a food I created called Bug Feast, which covers all the bases for their nutrition. Even with all this, there are still species that don't do well. Do you have a picture of your colony? If I have the same species, I can tell you how I deal with them specifically. Paul
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