Thursday, October 6, 2016

New Isopods and Little Update

Hello All Of My Blog Readers!
Yesterday I receive my end of a trade that I made with Jared Cohen of the Allpet Roaches Forum. I received thirty six Porecellio laevis"White", thirty four Porcellio laevis"Orange", and seven very small Armadillidium maculatum! Jared had excellent communication, the isopods were packed very securely, and he even included a little drawing of a P.laevis"Orange" on their container. He's a great guy to do business with and I wouldn't hesitate to do so again!
Now lets move onto the isopods shall we? ;)
I'm keeping the P.laevis"White" in a large Sterilite container with about an inch of coconut fiber mixed with some small chunks of rotten wood for the substrate and some dead leaves on top. I also have an egg-crate in there for them to hide under, although they seem to prefer burrowing. I'm keeping the P.leavis"Orange" in the container I used to have my mixed isopod colony in, which is a medium-sized Sterilite container. I am using an inch or so of coconut fiber as the substrate in their container with some dead leaves on top, and a piece of egg crate for them to hide under if they so choose. Lastly, I'm keeping the very small A.maculatum in the container that the P.laevis"White" were shipped in, which is a fairly small plastic deli cup with a lot of ventilation on the lid. I am using about half an inch of coconut fiber as the substrate for them with a couple chunk of rotten wood and some dead leaves on top. I also have a very small piece of egg-crate in there for them to hide under.
Here are some pics of my new and beautiful isopods!


P.laevis"White"

P.leavis"White" eating a fish food pellet



P.leavis"Orange" going to town on some fish food pellets




Young A.maculatum
These guys are all very beautiful! Interestingly the P.laevis"Whites' " digestive tract seems to be visible through the exoskeleton, so maybe a more fitting name would be P.laevis"Translucent"! Right now, I think I would say my favorite isopods would be the P.leavis"White" , but I'm sure the A.maculatum will end up being my favorites once they grow.
The little update I wanted to share is that I will be having my first adult A.tesselata very soon, since my sub-adult female is showing pre-molting signs.
Here are some pics showing the pre-molting signs.
Cloudy eyes


Swollen wing-buds
Slow and rather clumsy behavior is accompanied by the cloudy eyes in all roaches of all ages that are very close to molting. The roach's new body can also sometimes be seen through the exoskeleton if looked at under sun light. However,the swollen wing-buds are only seen when a sub-adult winged roach species is close to molting.
Hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, as always, and I'll see you all next time! :)


4 comments:

  1. That is cool.I learned something new. Thank you

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  2. Very nice isopods, I have a P.laevis that looks like a blend of the orange and white ones, unfortunately it's the only individual of that species I have. Really like the white P.laevis, they are so pretty! :)

    You can see the digestive tracts through the exoskeleton of many light colored isopod morphs, including most white/dalmatian isopods and orange P.scaber stocks.

    Nice, can't wait to see some adult A.tesselata! :)

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    1. Thanks dude! :)
      I know, except for the orange P.scaber, didn't notice before you said that.
      Thanks. interestingly enough it still hasn't molted to adult and has been sitting on the same piece of vertical cork bark for most of today. The only factor that could be preventing it from molting that I can think of is the recent drop in temperature in our house.

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