Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Amazing Christmas!: Books

Hi Guys, welcome to the second, and last post in my two post "Amazing Christmas!" series!
Well, besides the awesome arthropods I received, I also acquired a ton of really nice books! For Christmas my parents were nice enough to give me six great pieces of writing, "For the Love of Cockroaches", "Pillbugs and Other Isopods", "Forgotten Order of the Vinegaroons", and "The Ultimate Guide to Breeding Beetles" by one of the founding fathers of the modern day arthropod hobby, Orin McMonigle, "Insects Their Natural History and Diversity" by Stephen A. Marshall, and "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders" by Lorus and Margery Milne, with the additional second ACS special publication.
I just have to say, I was beyond amazed to be given this many books! Shout out to my mom and dad, you guys rock! :)
I'm stoked to have finally got a copy of "For the Love of Cockroaches", it is a monster, high quality book, with a gold mine of info stuffed between its two covers. To be honest I have gone through almost every page in each book, but have yet to really read much yet. LOL But, in the rather small amount of reading I have done, I was able to locate the reason that my E.tribulus were ailing and save them and learn that female M.giganteus only create chambers for birthing. One aspect that all these books share(and the ACS publication)are a copious amount of pictures, which are always great to have. If I had to presently rank these books I think it'd be in this order: 1. "For the Love of Cockroaches", 2. "Insects Their Natural History and Diversity", 3. "Forgotten Order of the Vinegaroons", 4. "The Ultimate Guide to Breeding Beetles", 5. "Pillbugs and Other Isopods", 6. "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders". To me "For the Love of Cockroaches" would ever so slightly edge out "Insects Their Natural History and Diversity", although the reason for this is probably because I'm admittedly a bit bias towards anything having to do with roaches since they're my favorite arthropod group. "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders" would easily come in last place because it doesn't go over a large deal of species, and I have already found a couple errors in it(mantidflies were listed in the mantis section and velvet ants, which are actually wingless female wasps of the family Mutillidae, were listed in the ant section), granted it is pretty outdated though.
In honor of my friend Invertebrate Dude's(who's blog can be seen here:"For the Love of Cockroaches!!!" blog post, I'll post a couple pics of myself with my new books as well!
Here they are!
Me with "For the Love of Cockroaches", "Forgotten Order of the Vinegaroons", and "The Ultimate Guide to Breeding Beetles"

Me with "Insects Their Natural History and Diversity", "Pillbugs and Other Isopods", "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders", and ACS special publication #2
On a side note, I just though I'd share the very unfortunate news that my colony of Porcellio laevis"Orange" has perished due to desiccation. I originally had melted way too many ventilation holes in their container and since it's gotten cold and the heating has been turned on in our house, any moisture that had been in the enclosure evaporated very fast. I had just purchased some new containers yesterday, one of which I was going to transfer them into, when I opened their container to see a lifeless wasteland of an enclosure. I have hopes of acquiring more and will definitely not be keeping any isopods(other than Armadillidium)under these conditions again.
Hope you guys liked the post, and until next time, goodbye!


  1. Congrats on all the new books, the information in Orin's books is invaluable to the invertebrate hobbyist!
    Thank you very much for the shoutout, and very sorry to hear about your P.laevis "Orange", I lost my C.convexus "Pied" colony to dessication as well.

    1. Thanks, I agree!
      No problem. :) Yea, I'm pretty bummed, to make things worse I checked on my few A.maculatum and P.scaber and they had all died off as well. :(

    2. Aww, that sucks, did they die due to dessication as well? Very sorry to hear that, hope you are able to get more some day!

    3. Yep, I'm finding it extremely hard to maintain proper substrate moisture levels for my inverts with the heating in my house drying everything out. :( I knew that A.maculatum liked a substrate on the drier side, so I hadn't misted them in a couple days, but apparently that's all it took for the substrate to become as dry as in my Corydiid enclosures. I had just added a more ventilated lid to my P.scaber container since the substrate was becoming moldy, but I guess it was slightly too ventilated and dried out before I noticed.
      Fortunately, the guy who sold the A.maculatum and P.leavis to me still has some available, so I should be acquiring some more soon. :) Although, I'll have to wait until next spring to collect some P.scaber again.