Friday, June 21, 2024

Trade for Texas Inverts!

A month or so ago I did a trade with Derek Rodriguez, and he sent me an awesome assortment of native TX inverts!

First off, and what I was mainly trading for initially, he sent me a good group of a Cheliferidae sp. from Ector County, TX. These are somewhat similar to Chelifer cancroides, but are more rotund (females especially), so not sure what they are TBH.

I've got mine housed in a moderately ventilated enclosure with a thin layer of coconut fiber substrate, topped in sphagnum moss and bark pieces. I'm keeping half the substrate humid, the other half dry, have them at around 75-80F°, and am feeding them springtails. They are breeding already and seem to be doing well, so hopefully I will have a colony established very soon!

Here are some pictures of a pair:

Female carrying eggs



Male


Nice little species, really trying to get into more obscure Arachnida this year. 😀

Next up, he sent me a few pairs of Toltecolus kerrensis, a US native Spirobolid millipede, that has never really entered the hobby before (but Derek says he's collected and kept them in the past, and even got offspring from them).

I've got mine set up in a moderately ventilated enclosure with the bottom layer being mostly sand, clay, with a little flake soil mixed in. On top of that I've got a layer of flake soil with only a little sand mixed in, topped with leaf litter. I'm keeping half the enclosure humid, the other half dry. Keeping them at around 75F°.
They don't seem to eat much wood (which makes sense, considering Derek says there's basically no trees in their natural habitat), they mostly seem to eat protein (in my case, dog food), fruits, and a little bit of leaf litter as well. 

Here are some pictures of them:








Very nice, robust millipedes, hopefully I can get them to breed. 🤞

On the topic of Myriapods, let's continue with another TX native he sent me, the diminutive but pretty Arthrorhabdus pygmaeus. These remind me of small, weird looking Scolopendra polymorpha at a glance, and are seldom collected or kept in captivity. So far care seems to be pretty standard, and the two he sent me are getting along just fine in a communal setup. 

I've got them in a well ventilated enclosure with a few inches of a sand and coco fiber mix, topped with some bark pieces and sphagnum moss. I'm keeping them fairly humid, but allowing the top of the substrate to dry out between waterings, and have them at around 75F°. I'm offering live Compsodes and Nocticola as feeders, and also throw in some fruit and cut up superworm bits occasionally as well.

Here are pictures of the cuties:







A very neat little species, which Derek has told me he'll try and collect more of, so I can seriously attempt a breeding project with these. 😊

Now these are actually probably a species I already have (but I'll take another locality LOL), a group of Triorophus from Ector County, TX. Probably the same species as my "Fort Stockton, TX" Triorophus, but you never know with the really understudied Tenebs like these. 😄

I've got them set up in a well ventilated enclosure with an inch and a half or so of sand at the bottom, topped with some cardboard rolls for hides. I'm keeping one third of the substrate humid, the rest dry, have them at around 75-80F°, and am offering dog food as the staple diet.

I didn't bother getting pictures, since they look the same as the Ft. Stockton locality, hopefully they'll breed as well for me as that line did too.

He also sent a group of Arenivaga tonkawa "Ector County, TX", from his own breeding colony. This is actually a new line of this species for the hobby, we previously only had the "San Antonio" line in culture. These are much darker than that locality, throwing out more dark brown and red females, though males look much the same. 

I've got them in a typical Arenivaga setup, a well ventilated enclosure with an inch or so of coconut fiber substrate, topped with leaf litter. Keeping one half humid, the rest dry, have them at around 75-80F°, and am offering dog food as the staple diet.

Here are some pictures of the adults:










A very nice locality to have, they're already laying ooths prolifically, so I'm sure I'll have tons in no time. 😀

Lastly, he sent me a culture of Ceratophysella sp. "Lilac - Yellow Albino". This is the first ever isolated morph of a springtail species, originally isolated by Ryne Pavy, that's become quite popular in culture. 

Here are a couple photos of them:



Cute and vibrantly colored, and hardy to boot! I can see why they have taken off in popularity!

Anyways, that does it for this post, huge thanks to Derek for an awesome trade! Hope everyone enjoyed, I'll see you all next time! 😉

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

New Inverts from Alan!

Got a box with some awesome new invertebrates from Alan Jeon recently, a man who has truly become an enabler for my addiction to rare and obscure invertebrates. 🤣 

First off, let's start with Eastern Eyed Elaters, Alaus oculatus! I already have larvae of a PA locality, but Alan caught a pair in Hoover, AL, and I could not refuse taking them in. 😆 

I have my pair in a moderately ventilated gallon shoebox with a CM deep layer of coconut fiber substrate, topped with some bark pieces. I'm keeping the setup moist and at around 75F°, and offering fresh fruits to the adults. The female has been laying eggs nonstop, and I've now got tons of larvae (which are now being offered on my For Sale Page, so if anyone wants any, be sure to get them before I let the majority of them eat each other... 😅).

Here are some pictures of the adult female:







Such an iconic and pretty US native, and easy to breed as far as Elaterids go. 😄 

Next up, I finally have pillipedes! 😃 Namely a few individuals of Onomeris sp. "Hickory Dickory Park, AL", which will hopefully be a breeding group. These small obscure natives are very understudied, and it's likely there are several undescribed species and perhaps even genera here in the US.

I have mine in a minimally ventilated enclosure with a flake soil and rotten wood mixture for the substrate, topped with a little bit of leaf litter and some bark pieces. I'm keeping them at around 70-75F°, and the setup is kept consistently moist. I'm offering fruits and dog food on occasion as well.

Here are some pics of them:













Cute little species, hopefully they'll do well for me and breed! 🤞 

I've finally acquired a group of Cryptocercus, namely Cryptocercus cf. garciai "Cooper Creek, GA". This is my first time working with this genus, which is notoriously difficult to culture in captivity with any consistency.

I've got mine set up in a moderately ventilated 5 gallon tote, filled with a deep substrate of slightly aged sawdust mixed with a little old Panesthiinae substrate. I'm keeping them humid, at around 72F°, and am offering dog food and fruits on occasion.
It's my opinion that they'll likely require a winter diapause in order to induce adults to produce oothecae yearly, so that's what I plan on providing them with.

Here are some pictures of a couple adults and some nymphs:











So far they seem to be doing well for me, fingers crossed they'll actually breed!

Now these are a species that's been on my wishlist for years, the beautiful Porcellio succinctus! These are one of the rarest of the cultured Spanish Porcellio spp., seems they are slightly more picky about having a proper humidity gradient and good airflow compared to other members of the genus, and so have often crashed for most people that keep them. Alan's been having great success with them though, and the ones he sent me seem to be thriving as well!

I've got them housed in a well ventilated shoebox with a thin layer of coconut fiber substrate, topped with bark and leaf litter. I'm offering dog food and calcium carbonate for supplemental food, am keeping one third of the enclosure humid, the rest dry, and have them at around 75-80F°.

Here are some photos of the beauties:






I especially love that some juveniles have yellow spotting going down their backs, though this is oddly lost and reverts to white coloration when they mature. Hopefully these will breed well for me!

Lastely, I got a group of 6 Bishopella sp. "Tuscaloosa Boat Ramp, AL". A neat little Phalangodid genus that I have yet to work with, and it would appear they are more heat resistant than the other species in that subfamily I'm working with.

I've got them housed in a minimally ventilated enclosure with a couple inches of coconut fiber topped with bark chips, coco coir chunks and sphagnum moss. I'm keeping them moist, at around 70-75F°, and am feeding them primarily springtails.

Here are some pictures of the cuties:








Hopefully they'll do well for me and breed, would love to get these established in culture!

Well, that does it for this post, thanks for reading, hope everyone enjoyed, and I'll see you all next time! 😉