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PostPraxibetelix on 12/12/2016, 12:19 pm

Here are two of our isopods. They surfaced to snack on the carrot in the enclosure. These live with the wheel bug.



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PostPraxibetelix on 12/12/2016, 12:19 pm

Sorry for the quality....I had poor lighting and these guys are shy.
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PostT.C. on 12/12/2016, 2:11 pm

Yeah, they are very shy. Are yours breeding? I know in in the right conditions they will reproduce very quickly!
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PostPraxibetelix on 12/12/2016, 6:29 pm

All I know is they have grown. We collected a large one and two small ones this summer. I can't even be sure they are the same species. But growth is good! Not trying to breed them. They only have carrots, fish food, and the wheel bug's leftover to eat. Maybe come spring I'll provide some hardwood leaves and see what happens!
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PostHisserdude on 12/12/2016, 7:54 pm

Nice Armadillidium vulgare! Slow growth is normal for this species, the mancae (that's the technical term for baby isopods) can take over a year to reach adulthood.
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PostPraxibetelix on 12/12/2016, 8:03 pm

The "large" one was what I consider a normal sized rolly-polly. The "baby" ones were about the size of a grain of rice. The browner one of those two pictured is one of the "babies." It does not have the spots that the other one has on its back. They are fun to watch when they surface. I only offer my insects organic produce...I have no idea how residual pesticides would affect them, so I play it safe!
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PostHisserdude on 12/12/2016, 8:16 pm

@Praxibetelix wrote:The "large" one was what I consider a normal sized rolly-polly. The "baby" ones were about the size of a grain of rice. The browner one of those two pictured is one of the "babies." It does not have the spots that the other one has on its back. They are fun to watch when they surface. I only offer my insects organic produce...I have no idea how residual pesticides would affect them, so I play it safe!

Lol yeah those "babies" aren't actually all that young, hatchling mancae are usually about the size of a grain of cooked couscous when curled up, so only like 1-2 mm long. They definitely still have a bit of growing to do though, and they'll gain their adult coloration when they grow a bit more.

Well organic produce can still have pesticides on them, "organic" just means they have different regulations on what pesticides they can use. Still it's probably healthier to feed your insects organic produce, and as long as you wash it before feeding it to them then it should be fine. Smile

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