Monday, June 5, 2017

A Box from Mr.McMonigle

Hey Everyone!
After a very busy and technologically problem-filled last couple months, I'm very glad to finally be up and posting again! πŸ™‚ As you guys can tell from the title, this post will be on a package I recently received from the author of many arthropod husbandry guides, creator/editor of Invertebrates Magazine, co-creator/moderator of the roach, beetle, and mantid forums, and one of the founding fathers of the modern arthropod culturing hobby, Orin McMonigle! So let's jump right in.
In this package I received a "nearly certain" sexed pair of Apeuthes sp. and Acladocricus sp., along with six Gyna lurida"Yellow", Simandoa conserfariam, and, most excitingly, Dorylaea orini nymphs!
Let's start with the new addition to my collection that I'm probably most thrilled about keeping, the Orin's zebra roach! I purchased five of these guys, but ended up with six small-large nymphs. There are some pretty sizeable gaps between the ages, but four of them seem like they'll mature close enough to each other that they'll be able to breed, so I'm just really keeping my fingers crossed that there's at least one of each sex. Besides just getting this species to breed, the infamously tough part comes in, getting the oothecae to hatch. I will be sticking closely to Kyle Kandilian and Orin's advice on culturing this species successfully: offering plentiful food, keeping the substrate consistently moist, providing rotten wood and/or bark for oviposition, and keeping the humidity at 75% or higher. Following these guidelines, I really, REALLY hope to be successful with this species that many have failed with, wish me luck! I'll be keeping my group in a large cheeseball container with a completely sealed lid and a nice amount of pinholes for ventilation on either side. Their substrate is a good mix of 50% coconut fiber, 15% sphagnum moss, 10% coconut husk, 15% cypress mulch, and 10% dead leaves (like I will be providing in slightly different ratios to almost all my roaches now).
Here are some pics of my gems and their enclosure!

Large D.orini nymphs

Small D.orini nymphs

D,orini enclosure
Very pleased to have now acquired this gorgeous strain of the "Poster roach" of it's genus, Gyna lurida! This strain, which was isolated by Orin a while back, apparently throws out yellows of varying intensity so it'll be my little project refining it, but I don't mind a bit. πŸ™‚ My six tiny-small nymphs basically look identical to G.caffrorum, but definitely won't as adults. I'll be keeping them in a small, plastic container with two ventilation holes in the lid until they grow larger, then will be transferring them to a more appropriate enclosure to start a colony in. Their current substrate consists of the standard roach mix, coconut fiber, coconut husk, sphagnum moss, cypress mulch, and dead leaves.
Here are the pictures!

Small G.lurida"Yellow" nymph

G.lurida"Yellow" enclosure
The last roach species I picked up is surely the most unique considering that it is now thought to be completely extinct in the wild. The only place where this species, Simandoa conserfariam, was ever found in the wild was destroyed as a result of a bauxite mining project back in 2004. However, shortly before this a few scientists discovered and described this species bringing back some individuals for captive cultivation. Very fortunately, they did well and were then distributed to hobbyists all around the U.S. There looks to be no end in sight for this species as they display a number of characteristics that would appeal to any hobbyist: iridescent and colorfully striped nymphs, red legs, production of a squeaking noise when startled, and silvery, bronze-flecked wings at adulthood.
I've started my culture of this species with six small nymphs, which will hopefully turn out to be a good mix of males and females and have a ton of babies for me! πŸ˜ƒ I'm currently keeping them in a 64 oz. plastic container with a well-sealing lid, which has numerous pinholes poked through it for ventilation. Like the others, I'm keeping these guys on my general roach mix of coconut fiber, coconut husk, sphagnum moss, cypress mulch, and dead leaves.
Here's some photos!

Small S.conserfariam nymphs

S.conserfariam enclosure
Now to the arthropods which are entirely new for me, millipedes!
It seems like there is a little confusion regarding the scientific name of the first species I picked up, the Thai rainbow millipede. I have seen these guys labeled as both Tonkinbolus caudulanus and (By Orin) Apeuthes sp., since they were sold to me as the latter and Orin has had more experience than many in the millipede hobby, I'll be labeling them as Apeuthes sp.
Anyway, Orin was super kind in sending me millipedes that were twice the offering size (4 inches) so he could sex them with more certainty.  These millipedes are one of the smaller species currently in culture, being fairly thin and only measuring four inches or slightly over at adulthood. However, what they lack in size, they surely make up for in beauty sporting an attractive silverish-blue base color with pink banding and antennae. I'll be keeping my two individuals in a 64 oz. plastic container with decent ventilation through the lid in the form of pinholes. Their substrate consists of about 25% topsoil, 35% compost, 20% rotten wood, and 20% dead leaves.
Pics below. 😊

Apeuthes sp.
(Would have shown pics of their enclosure, but I figured that I'd just show the Acladocricus' since they are identical)
The other species of millie I had the pleasure of acquiring was Acladocricus sp., commonly circulated in the hobby by the name "Giant Philippine Blue" or "Giant Philippine Blue-Gray". These guys are far less common than the rainbows and supposedly reproduce in much smaller numbers. Also contrasting from the rainbows, these millipedes are among the thickest in the hobby and have comparatively tiny legs for their mass. In similarity, Orin tried to sex these the best he could for me and sent individuals nearly triple the listed size (2.5-3 inches). Although they are called blue or blue-gray millipedes, these don't show off any of that deep blue coloration until they hit adulthood. I will be keeping them in the same set-up and substrate as my Apeuthes sp.
Here's the photos!

Acladocricus sp.

Acladocricus enclosure
As awesome as these guys are, a certain someone made me an offer I could couldn't refuse for I will only have this species for the next month or so. I'm very excitedly awaiting this trade and am keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well considering that I'll likely be moving shortly before or after it. In any case, I hope you guys enjoyed my first post back from a long hiatus and I'll see you all next time! πŸ™‚


  1. Very nice, hope you have more luck with the orini than I did, keep us posted! :)

    I've been LOVING Gyna lately, will have to get the yellow lurida one of these days! Also been wanting to get Simandoa, but will probably wait to get those until we move and I have more room.

    Awesome, both are beautiful species of millipedes! One day I'm gonna have to get some of the larger species, right now all I got are a couple species of tiny Julids! XD

    Great post man, glad to see you back in action! :)

    1. Thanks!:)Oh, you can be sure you'll see a ton of updates on them.;)

      Me too, especially since my first G.centurio matured....I've got to do an update about that soon. lol I was too tempted to wait until I moved to get them. lol I really like the sound of a large, squeaking, beautiful roach that breeds similar to lobsters! lol

      Thanks, I certainly think so too! :D Well, at least those Julids would be useful if you find any glowworms. lol

      Thanks man, feels good! I really have to focus on school for the next week or so, but after that I'll be free for the summer (well at least when we aren't moving). :)

    2. Good, look forward to watching them develop! :)

      Nice, both of mine are mature now, hopefully I'll be seeing baby centurio soon! :D I keep saying I'll wait, but TBH, I'm not sure I'll be able to lol, I've been making a lot of impulse purchases lately, this hobby is too addicting!

      Yeah, if I find really TINY glowworms lol! Suppose they'd make good food for baby glowworms, but I'd still need some larger, prolific species of millipedes too!

      Cool, hope to see a lot more posts from you then! ;)

    3. You'll be overrun with nymphs in no time. lol Tristan, Tristan, may I remind you what a wise man once said, "The truth is, I have been collecting species for collecting's sake, which is a horrible reason to get new invertebrates." ;)

      I actually have found that my local Zarhipis integripennis will consume the normal 3/4''-1''julids in my yard until at least 3/4 grown. lol

      You will be seeing MANY soon, just have to take a bunch of new pics since the computer that contained all of the ones I already had taken is, well...on the fritz.

    4. I hope so lol! Well my impulse purchases haven't been species that I don't want, not just trying to build up the collection, really the only reason I'm calling them "impulse purchases" is because I'm running out of room and still have some other, big acquisitions planned so I REALLY shouldn't be buying more roaches, in fact I still am trying to rid myself of some species!

      Cool, you should really get yourself some more glowworms once your millipede cultures are established, really want to see someone breed those successfully in captivity and raise the offspring to adulthood!

      Cool, can't wait! :) Dang, on the fritz again? You need a new computer man! (As do I really)

    5. Ah ok, just wanted to make sure you hadn't relapsed. ;)

      I'm kind of in a messed up spot right now with those, I haven't started any julid cultures yet, there isn't enough where I live to collect them on the fly, my glowworms were beginning to start so I let them go, and I might be moving soon. :/ That being said though, I will try and start up some cultures tomorrow. :)

      Nah, one continuous time. lol I've been using one of our other ones, but really wish we'd take it in to get fixed up already since there are SO many pics on there that I can't/don't want to take again.

    6. Haha I haven't, not yet at least. ;)

      Get to breeding the julids then, they really aren't that demmanding, all they need is some rotten wood as the substrate and little else, and you'll have tons of them in a few months! :) By then you'll probably have some Apeuthes offspring too, so you'll be all set for the glowworms! :D

      Dang, that sucks, really hope you can get that thing fixed up! Can you at least access your photos on that computer, then download them to an SD card or something and move them to a different computer? Or is it really broken?

    7. I'll start culturing them as fast as I can, but I only have a couple weeks left at this house, the only place I've found them. :(

      The darn thing doesn't even turn on. lol

    8. Cool, hope you can find some before you move!

      Crap, it's REALLY broken then, that sucks. :(