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  1. *UPDATE* I'm on my 2nd generation of mealworms, that have been raised on mostly pure styrofoam, I say "mostly" because I would give small portions of other food every month or so, mainly for the meal beetles that started emerging. I did find that meal beetles will eat some styrofoam, but they don't survive well on it alone and I don't believe that they break it down or compost it, like the mealworms do. This next time around, I will remove pupa and meal beetles into another container. I plan to feed the meal beetles normal fare (fish food, fruits, and I will attempt at seeing if they will compost leftovers from foods that I eat) while feeding the mealworms only on styrofoam. I added about 100 more mealworms to the group (yesterday) to try and get 2 generations going at the same time. Last of all, these links were sent to me, and I will now share them with you. They are about SuperWorms composting styrofoam! https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/beetle-larvae-can-survive-on-polystyrene-alone-67251 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969719352258 If you are using mealworms or superworms to compost styrofoam, post up your experience!
  2. Check it: https://umdearborn.edu/casl/centers-institutes/environmental-interpretive-center/research-resources/sustainability-initiatives/composting/blatticomposting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_AaZ2-tK9M < Kyle Kandilian of Roach Crossing https://www.roachcrossing.com/about-us/
  3. Free? Heh Heh! If I came across a good deal on the orange werneri, I might try it, but for now I'm focused on other isopods that I have better luck with.
  4. Nope, never got them again so I couldn't check the seasonal differences. But that is a good theory! Thanks for checking in Orin!
  5. I've only supplemented the adult beetles with fruit beetle jelly, but I think the meal beetle also eat styrofoam. I'm still testing this, but the mealworms seem to be living and pupating on just the styrofoam. Anyone (besides me) working with styrofoam and mealworms????
  6. From what I've read, yes, they can. I've started raising some with only styrofoam . . . and they are still alive. I just mist with water every now and then. I think the beetles need other foods though, but I'm not totally sure yet. Check out these links on the scientific study of mealworms and styrofoam from Stanford University: https://news.stanford.edu/pr/2015/pr-worms-digest-plastics-092915.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/su-msc121819.php
  7. Hot glue will cover the edges. I've used it on screen before. Good Luck!
  8. Window screen? They sell it made from metal or fiberglass. Fiberglass will be more flexible.
  9. Are you using Mealworms to compost styrofoam? I have a setup and I was wondering, do mealbeetles eat styrofoam too, or just the mealworms? Do you have any other tips on styrofoam composting with mealworms?
  10. They can only breed once they have had their final molt. She may be an adult, as some have color variations and she may just be an all black hisser. There really isn't a specific "adult coloration". She also may just be a small adult female, or she could just be fat, it happens! Good Luck!
  11. That would be a cool photo to see. No need to freeze one for a photo. I'll contact DartkNightExotics eventually, and I'll ask how the photos were made.
  12. To be 100% sure, I'd contact the Children's Museum and ask them what other roaches they keep in their collection. You'll likely get an exact species, or at least narrow down the options. Good Luck!
  13. Super cool Orin! Nature always seems to amaze! Did you happen to get any photos??? Also, maybe there is another wavelength black light that was used for the photos from DartkNightExotics? I talk to him every now and then, but haven't talked for months, so I haven't been able to ask.
  14. They kept slowly dying under my care, so before they all died out, I sent them off to a friend. Haven't talked to him in a while so I'm not sure how they are doing. I did get your big isopod book for Christmas, so I'm better armed for next time.
  15. Great photos! Thanks for posting them! 😊 I like how you can see (in the 1st photo) that the young one has the same coloration as the adults!
  16. Super cool, I used to keep those, seeing that photo makes me miss them. What are they feeding on?
  17. I had a good sized group of Armadillidium Werneri, about 30 or so. I kept them just like my Armadillidium klugii 'slano' and Armadillidium nasatum 'peach' (ventilated container, half substrate dry, half moist, same foods, etc.). I had them for about 8 months, and somewhere in that time, then they just started dying. It was about 1 to 3 a month that would die. They didn't seem to be reproducing, and all I was left with was a beautiful group of a few adults. I ended up sending those survivors to a friend to see if he had better luck. Now that they are gone . . . I've been thinking about keeping them again. So with the back story out of the way, what might I have done wrong and how should I care for them in the future?
  18. I know that Armadillidium vulgare "tangerine" was isolated from Armadillidium vulgare "Punta Cana" locale. Check it: https://www.smug-bug.com/available-animals/Armadillidium-vulgare-tangerine-p151812009 But I don't know the genetics of Armadillidium vulgare "St. Lucia", but it may be possible. Good Luck!
  19. Thanks for the reply! I've read that BC Maple are sensitive to warm temperatures. In your experience does that seem to be true? Did you try and post pics? I couldn't view the links.
  20. I've read that fresh peanut butter will glow under a black light too! But I've yet to test it out. It seems that at least one Cubaris species will glow too: (Cubaris sp. ‘Blonde Rubber Ducky’ from dartknightexotics reddit page)
  21. I just found out that some isopods will glow under UV light! (Trichorhina tomentosa pictured, from dartknightexotics.com) Are there any other species that do this???
  22. It's funny that you ask . . . I was just researching about them today! Check this: http://shrimpkeep.com/asellus-aquaticus-care-sheet/ If you take any photos, please post them here!
  23. Are you keeping any of these isopods? Oniscus asellus 'BC Maple' Porcellio Scaber ‘Lemonade’ Porcellio Scaber ‘Orange Embers’ Armadillidium vulgare "Orange Vigor" Added: Porcellio scaber “Yellow Snow” Trachelipus rathkii 'Pumpkin Pod' There seems to be limited information and photos of them.
  24. Wow . . . somehow I missed this! Super job, thanks for posting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This should be a "sticky"!
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