Invertebrate Club of Southern California…

Yes, yes, I know, I didn’t post for July. That month was crazy! Anyway, here is the post that was meant for July. Another for August coming soon(ish)!

Hello invertebrate enthusiasts! In a previous post I talked about how I had gotten my Blaberus giganteus, and mentioned that I would talk a little bit more about that in the next post. Well, that post has arrived!

Back in September/October of 2018, I was perusing through Arachnoboards, and I came across some posts from an old invertebrate club, SCABIES (SCABIES: Southern California Arachnid, Bug, Invertebrate, Entomological Society). As I live in Southern California, I immediately looked into joining the club. However, after some more research, I discovered the club went defunct back around 2010. I was disappointed, but then realized there was still quite a few SoCal invertebrate enthusiasts on Arachnoboards and Roach Forum. After some thought, I decided to launch a new club on the 1st of January 2019. The ICSC (Invertebrate Club of Southern California) was born!

It turns out there was a lot more than a “few” invertebrate enthusiasts in SoCal, and we held the first meeting in February! Since then, we’ve held monthly meetings where we’ve discussed a myriad of topics concerning the invertebrate hobby, gone to reptile shows together, and we are currently gearing up for our second club collecting trip. We also have scored some sweet trades and deals between members! The diversity of interests amongst members is also boggling; everything from whipspiders to tarantulas, scorpions to isopods, true spiders to millipedes, centipedes to primitive spiders, slugs and snails to true bugs, roaches to aquatic invertebrates. And still the list goes on!

Anyway, we are now successfully past the 6 month mark, and looking forward to a bright future! I am working on our website, which I will link to when it is finished. If you are interested in joining, please leave a comment with your email address and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

That’s all for now!

Thanks,

Jessiah

Lose 1, Gain 2!

Hey all, I’ve got a quick collection update, which includes good news and bad news.

Let’s get the bad news over with first. Unfortunately, my adult female Spirostreptus sp. 6 died, likely from old age. What makes it frustrating is that it looks like my subadult male just molted to maturity, which ruins my breeding project for this species. Argh! If anyone has an adult or subadult female, please let me know. I would also be willing to trade the male for several immatures of this species.

Now for the good news! At one of the recent meetings of the Invertebrate Club of Southern California, which I will discuss in the next post, I traded for some new stuff! I picked up a 5i Phidippus adumbratus sling (Red Jumping Spider), and 6 Blaberus giganteus large nymphs, or Giant Cave Roaches! I have the Jumper in a 4-6 ounce deli cup and mist it a little everyday. Photos pending. As for the roaches, I have them currently in a 108.5 oz tall container with a substrate of coconut coir and some paper towel tubes for hides. I will upgrade them to a larger enclosure with some bark for molting as soon as possible. Pictures below.

And that does it for this post!

Thanks,

Jessiah

Reattempting to keep the blog updated regularly and continuing with my collection…

Now that is a title! Hello everyone! My apologies for the long posting hiatus, I have just had a rush in work, with animals, school, and otherwise, that has kept me from posting. But I am back now, and I hope to start posting at least once a month, if not more often!

Anyway, let’s get this started! I am going to post up what I have in my collection currently, with some pictures of a few cool species, and then I can work on getting pictures of everything, IP (If Possible;). Feel free to ask questions, I’ll do my best to answer.

Tarantulas=8 total.

1 Psuedoclamoris gigas (formerly Tapinauchenius gigas), 1/4-1/2″. Video below of it nailing a fruit fly (I would suggest turning the volume down unless you want to hear the deafening roar of aquarium filters)!

1 Psalmopeus pulcher, recently molted to about 2″. Picture below.

1 Bumba cabocla, about 1/4-1/3″.

1 Brachypelma emilia, 2-2.5″.

1 Brachypelma albopilosum, 3-3.5″.

1 Grammostola porteri, 4-4.5″. My “Gateway” tarantula!

1 Grammostola pulchripes, 3-3.5″. My second tarantula, once bit my tongs so hard it knocked them out of my hands!

Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens (try doing that off the top of you head!), 3-3.75″.

Scorpions=2 species total.

1 Pandinus imperator, about 4″. I got this one CB just after they stopped importing this species. My second arachnid, after my G. porteri.

1 Paravaejovis spinigerus, 2″. WC, Gave birth to over 40 babies after 6+ months in captivity!

Thelyphonids (vinegaroons)=1 species total.

1 Mastigoproctus giganteus, 1″.

Amblypygids (whipspiders)=1 species total.

2 Phrynus marginemaculatus, 3.5″ whip length. I’ve got a breeding pair of these. I lost the first brood of babies because I couldn’t find a steady source of food other than fruit flies, which lack nutritional value. Hopefully I can get a second brood and raise them to maturity!

Millipedes=7 species total.

I’ve got too many to count of baby Narceus gordanus and Anadenobolus monilicornis.

Five Spirostreptus sp. 1, getting close to maturity!

2 (male/female) Spirostreptus sp. 6, looks like a mature female and and a subadult male.

1 Acladocricus sp., my female unfortunately died, but I’ve still got the male.

1 Tylobolus sp./Hiltonius sp.

1 Tylobolus sp./Hiltonius sp., different species.

1 Tylobolus sp./Hiltonius sp., 3rd different species. Nice red-brown coloration.

Centipedes=2 species total.

1 Scolopendra alternans “Puerto Rico”, 4-4.5″. Really nice green color.

1 Scolopendra polymorpha “Rademacher Hills”, 1-1.5″. A pretty blue-tan color.

Isopods=11 species.

Porcellionides pruinosus “Powder Blue” medium colony.

Porcellio laevis “Dairy Cow” small colony.

Porcellio sp. (maybe the wild variant of laevis) small colony.

Porcellio scaber “Spanish Orange”, small colony.

Armadillidium sp. “Montenegro”, 7-10 individuals. I’ve had some trouble with overwatering this species, but I’ve rehoused them in a drier substrate, so hopefully they’ll do better now. Picture below.

Armadillidium maculatum, small starter colony. Just received these from Aquarimax Pets (thank you!), hoping they will do well for me! Picture below.

Armadillidium vulgare, 5-6 individuals. Common species, but some have nice orange-brown coloration that I’m looking at trying to isolate. Collected in Indiana/Michigan.

Trichorhina tomentosa, medium colony. Awesome isopod species, breed super quick and form densely packed colonies.

Dwarf Purple Isopods (species?), small starter colony.

Philoscia muscorum, small starter colony.

(EDIT:) I forgot to add my small starter culture of Venezillo sp. (likely arizonicus). Love this little species, I’ve finally got some babies out of them!

I did have some Porcellio spinicornis, a beautiful European species, but I was unaware of their special care requirements until it was too late. Looking to get some more in the future though, now that I know how to take care of them.

Roaches=3 species total.

15+Eublaberus sp. “Ivory”, 1 adult, the rest are nymphs/subadults. Awesome species, I love their ability to shred food within a day of it being placed in the cage! Below is a picture of my adult. Beautiful colors!

7 Therea petiveriana, nymphs. I though my starter colony had died out, as for months there had been no movement in the cage. I was using their container for some isopods, and what do I find? A nymph crawling through the dirt! After sifting the substrate, I found six more; all had been surviving in a low-food, low-moisture environment for 6-8+ months! What amazing creatures God has made. Below is a photo of one of my adults before it died.

20+ Blatta lateralis of various sizes. Typical Red Runner or Turkestan Roach.

I know these aren’t invertebrates, but I recently have become very interested in carnivorous plants. Insofar I have two Nepenthes sp., one Sarracenia sp., and 8 “Red Dragon” Venus Fly Traps. I did have another Sarracenia and some Drosera sp., but after the setup I was keeping them in malfunctioned, they died from lack of light and humidity, unfortunately. Hopefully I can get some more though soon!

Finally, I’ve got a 30 gallon saltwater aquarium in the process of being cycled to go along with my 10 gallon freshwater.

And that’s it!

Thanks,

Arthroverts

Cool Finds, reptile show dart frogs!

Hey all, I went to a local reptile show a little while back and “interned” at a friend’s table (Check out Jurassic Pet Supplies, the only shop I have been to that can rightly be called an “invertebrate store”, they have hundreds of tarantulas at any one time, dozens of scorpions, true spiders, including trapdoors when they can find them, millipedes, centipedes, isopods, beetles, and whatever else they can get their hands on! And they ship!). Right next to him was his friend at Tim’s Dart Frogs, who had quite a variety of Dart Frogs and live plants. Very cool!

Here are some pictures (Sorry about quality of photos, I took them with my phone, and I.D.s, I am going off what I know about Dart Frogs):

Dendrobates tinctorius morph, I think.

D. tinctorius “Alumnis”?

D. tinctorius “Powder Blue”.

Dendrobates leucomelas, Bumblebee (I have one of these).

D. tinctorius “Alumnis”? Something “Giant”? They are definitely beautiful.

Another D. tinctorius morph, I believe.

Tadpoles, these were only $10, which is a pretty good deal if you are willing to take care of them till the metamorphose.

More D. tinctorius morphs.

Phyllobates terribilis, I think up top, D. tinctorius “Azureus” on bottom.

What beautiful creatures God has made! I will definitely be getting some next time, if I don’t buy some invertebrates…

Anyway, check out https://jurassicpetsupplies.com/ for some great deals and finds, I have bought from them for over a year now, and I trust them completely. Right now they have some Potato Bugs, or Jerusalem Crickets (Red Form) in stock. The red is absolutely incredible, you have to see it to believe it, and I have never even seen or heard of these from anywhere else. Unfortunately, every time I opened the lid to get a picture, the lumbering cricket charged to where the opening is, leaving me with blurry pictures through the plastic that were not worth posting.

Thanks for looking!

 

Arthroverts

Cool finds, Beetles.

As the name above suggests, I will be doing a series of posts of cool creatures I have found recently, some which I have collected, others that I have left be.  Identified to the best of my ability.

Enjoy!

Blue Death Feigning Beetles (Asbolus verrucosus).

There was three of them underneath a well insulated board, but one crawled into a hole before I could get a picture. It had just rained, and the moisture level underneath the board was high.

Larvae, which are probably beetle larvae.

They were found under a moist, well insulated rug that had been left in the desert.

Unidentified Darkling Beetles (At least I think so).

Dialbolical Ironclad Beetle (Phloeodes diabolicus), I think. It tucked its legs in so completely when disturbed it looked like a an empty hull. Very cool!

Thats it for this post! See you next time!

Arthroverts

 

Sizing up the stuff.

Hello Everyone, sorry about the long diapause (pun intended) on posts, I have not been able to keep up with everything else and the blog. But I am back for now, with some pretty cool new stuff and some things found while collecting!

First up, my tarantula collection is doing really well, My GBB is getting to a decent size! Notice my thumb in the background (around 3-4 inches both ways).

My Tapinauchenius violeaceus is much larger now since the last picture, I rehoused him into a larger jar.

Tapinauchenius sp. “Colombia”. When it was younger it had beautiful yellow spots on it’s abdomen, then it went brown, and now it’s a pretty reddish-brown with blonde-brown highlights on the legs (I am color blind, so that is what it looks like to me). Definitely a good deal for only $10! I would highly suggest getting Tapinauchenius species as a beginner arboreal tarantula. Much more robust than Avicularia’s, calmer than Psalmopeus’s, and definitely better than Poecilthoria’s.

Both Tapinauchenius sp. I posess.

Tapinauchenius sp. “Colombia”

I finally got a picture of my Pandinius imperator glowing under a black light. He is in the area of 3-4 inches long, including tail. Much larger than when I bought him at an inch! (Or is it this button….)

Much more to come in future posts! I am going to try and do smaller posts regularly, instead of large posts irregularly. So, see you next time!

Arthroverts

 

 

Updates and New Stuff.

Hello Everyone! I have had quite a bit happen in my collection over the past couple months, including new stuff! Anyway, lets jump right in. I finally got some good pictures of my Tapinauchenius sp. “Colombia”.

Turns out he was molting, so thats why I didn’t see him for a while. The yellow on his abdomen is much brighter in real life.

My Tapinauchenius violaceus has molted, and I caught a picture of him doing yoga after the molt! (Ha Ha)

He’s around the two inch mark now. (all references to “he” or “she” are assumptions for ease of writing unless otherwise stated)

Some weird fungi has grown in some of my enclosures, such as the long, elongate mushrooms I found in my Grammostola porteri’s enclosure. (sorry about the blurriness, I am having trouble with the aperture on the camera).

Moving on, I have found quite a few cool invertebrates around my neighborhood. Here is a picture of some sort of fly…..

Nice proboscis!

Some species of shield bug (I think)….

A large moth that was hanging out around our porch light….

And this cool Praying Mantis that I found at my Grand Parents house….

And now for the new stuff!

I just got six Centruroides hentzi as an early birthday present, of which one was dead when I got it, I just didn’t notice it, and another which had two scorplings but died after a few days in my care (sadly, the scorplings died a little later too), and another which died after about two weeks for almost no reason I can think of. Anyway, the other three look O.K., thank God. They are in a gallon jar in a communal setup. I am getting another C. hentzi as a refund since the one was dead when I got it, and I am going to buy another since the mother one died as well. Anyway, I hope I can get a breeding colony going soon. Pictures coming soon!

I also purchased a Huntsmans spider, a Heteropoda insubtilis (or is it Holoconia insubtilis? Who knows?)! At roughly an inch in legspan fully stretched out, he is still rather small, but boy, is he fast! I dropped a pinhead cricket in, and I couldn’t tell if he nailed it before or after it hit the ground. Crazy fast.

My grandfather also got himself a Scolopendra subsinipes subsinipes, or Giant Vietnamese Centipede. I am taking care of it for him, so that’s cool. He is in his new jar, so I’ll try and get some pictures of him there soon.

I caught this mantis (I think its a California Praying Mantis, Stagmomantis californica) in Sacramento, it was hanging out on my brother’s leg! (It has been such a long time since I’ve posted that this mantis has actually passed away)

The enclosure….

I have a few other new animals to share with you at the next update, so until then, see ya!

Mysterious Deaths.

Hey Everyone, I have bad news. For some reason one of my Chicobolus spinigerus died a few days ago, and a few weeks back I found one of my Ebonies dead as well. They were both found dead on the outer edges of the terrarium, so I think they might have fallen from the lid to the substrate. There might be some other reason though, so any insight is greatly appreciated. I have a ton of babies, so its not a terrible loss, but it still is sad. Anyway, on a higher note, I’m looking at getting some new scorpions and maybe some assassin bugs, so stay tuned!

New Invertebrates!

Hello Everyone! I have got some new stuff and new pictures over the week! I’ll start off with the tarantulas. I got some new pictures of my Grammostola pulchripes, Brachypelma albopilosum, and Brachypelma emilia. Here’s some pictures of the freshly molted Grammostola pulchripes….

I always have trouble getting him to eat, it seems like he/she eats four of five crickets, stops eating and waits a month, then molts. Frustrating.

Brachypelma albopilosum dancing to the tune of cricket cries for mercy….

Brachypelma emilia sling starting to look like the adult a little. He’s/she’s starting to eat again, so thats a relief.

The first thing thats new is a Brazilian Red Head Tarantula, Bumba cabocla, thats around 1/4 of an inch. I’ve been wanting one of these for a little while now, so I was pretty happy when this one didn’t sell for a little while and I was able to get it. I got him from a friend who owns a Reptile/Invertebrate store (seriously, he has more invertebrates than reptiles).

Now, I got some pictures of my brothers corn snake, which is a Hypo Het morph. This guy got out once and terrorized my family, before we found him in a hallway, two days later, slipping and sliding around on the smooth floor. Anyway, here he is….

I got some better pictures of my millipedes as well. My pedelings are doing really well, with some around 1/3 of an inch now. The largest pedeling and two of the Bumblebees below.

Two of the Scarlets (the other one is in the left center of the picture, its mostly buried)

One of the larger Ivories

I snapped some pictures of my Desert Chocolates (Orthoporus sp.) in their new enclosure. They put a sizable dent in the rotting log I put in their cage. I measured the largest one and it was about 5.5 inches long. Wow! In the future I would like to get some Desert Golds (Orthoporus ornatus, “Gold”) to go with them.

And the Oxidus gracillis, or Greenhouse millipedes, with a small plant growing in their enclosure.

And now for my newest addition, 10-12 Therea petiveriana! (More commonly called White Spot Domino Roaches). I have been wanting to get roaches from the genus Therea for a little while now, so it was really a blessing when my friend got some Domino roaches in for his shop. He got these from Bugs in Cyberspace, and had been originally wanting to start a culture, but changed his mind after he ordered them and sold them to me. I bought them for Bugs in Cyberspace starter cultures going price, and didn’t even have to pay shipping! What a Blessing! I plan on breeding these once they mature, so hopefully I’ll be able to raise them successfully.

The enclosure….

Here is one of the larger nymphs, all the others are hiding or underground. Can’t wait till they mature!

Thats all for now! See you next post!