Well last week since it was getting pretty warm out here in Chicago, I want out in my yard to try to collect some inverts that had already came out. I had some good luck! First, I found a small-ish native wolf spider under a rock. Next, I went through some dead leaves and uncovered some large A.vulgare, and also caught many medium-small ones along the way. Lastly, I found a large L.forficatus under a flower pot. I ended up keeping the 20 or so A.vulgare, L.forficatus, and native wolf spider for 4 or 5 days but ended up releasing the wolf spider yesterday because it didn't seem like it was suited good for captivity due to it's very skittish behavior, which caused it to only eat one very small beetle in the time it was in my care. I however am planning on keeping the A.vulgare and starting a nice colony with them. I am most likely not going to be keeping the L.forficatus for very long and am planning on letting it go when I run out of the small mealworms I have been feeding it.
I made a nice substrate of decaying wood, dead leaves, and coconut fiber for the A.vulgare, and am keeping them in a small Sterilite container. I am keeping the L.forficatus on a substrate mix of sand and coconut fiber, and am keeping it in a small plastic container with some ventilation holes in the lid.
|Armadillidium vulgare enclosure|
|A.vulgare on corkbark|
|Large A.vulgare with nice markings|