Thursday, May 26, 2016

Isopods, Isopod Mimics, & A Cool Millipede Species!

So, lately a few orange individuals have been popping up in my Oniscus asellus colony, they aren't a bright orange, but with time and selective breeding I hope the morph will gain a more bright coloration.

Here are some pictures of them:

This one is not so orange, but definitely lighter than the normal looking ones
With any luck I will be able to isolate this morph, would be pretty cool if the orange color intensified in future generations!

My Corydidarum pygmaea have been doing very well, unfortunately one of my males has matured. Now you would think that would be a good thing, however my females are nowhere near maturation, and the males are pretty short lived... that presents a bit of a problem. I knew this would happen, it's a problem that other roach keepers have experienced. I'll need to move my females to a much warmer area, so they will mature much faster, and keep the males where they are.

Anyway, here are some pictures of the male and my largest female:

Adult male

Female nymph

Hopefully I can get at least one of my females to mature within the male's short lifespan, I really want to be successful in breeding this species, it is just so unique!

And lastly, I have collected a few bristly millipedes, Polyxenus sp., in my backyard. They like to accumulate on my wooden fence, a strange habit. Another strange aspect of these millipedes is their ability to climb smooth surfaces. No, they are not climbing onto tiny particles on the sides of the containers, they can truly climb up glass and other smooth surfaces.

I am keeping them in a small container filled with sand and coconut fiber, with pieces of bark and dead leaves as hides and/or food. I am also trying to feed them dog food, and will try carrots sometime soon. I will be keeping them semi-moist, as I have always found them in pretty dry areas.

Here are a couple of pictures of them, they are pretty crappy pics but hey, these guys are only about 2 mm long!

Hopefully I will be able to breed these, and maybe get some better pictures too.

Anyway, that's gonna do it for today, I hope you all enjoyed, and I'll see you all next post! :)

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