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What is the most unusual insect you have?

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by Bunyan van Asten, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Bunyan van Asten

    Bunyan van Asten Arachnoknight Active Member

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    I was wondering what the most unusual insect is that you have, I'm talking things rarer kept than leeches and such.
     
  2. Aquarimax

    Aquarimax Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Do you only want to hear about true insects, or are arachnids,myriapods, etc. included as well?
     
  3. Bunyan van Asten

    Bunyan van Asten Arachnoknight Active Member

    Any invert actually, but it's usually that insects themselves container the biggest variety.
     
  4. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnoengineer Arachnosupporter

    I often have Solifugae species, but man are they hard to keep alive for some reason. I find them in the yard often, and I've been refining my care as time goes on. I currently have one that's pushing 6 months in my care, which is the longest I've kept one alive.
     
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  5. GingerC

    GingerC Arachnosquire Active Member

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    I was wondering if anyone kept those! They're neat little guys, that's for sure.

    The most unusual thing I keep is a ladybug larva. :( The only reason that's unusual compared to my other inverts is that I can't even find a caresheet mentioning any feeders for them besides aphids and sugar water. There are no aphids my yard and yet there are ladybugs, so there's something they're eating and I will find it. I've been adding plants, sticks, and dirt at random in the hopes of finding mites. :/
     
  6. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnoengineer Arachnosupporter

    Have you tried springtails? My only worry is that ladybugs aren't exactly fast, and springtails would likely get away.
     
  7. GingerC

    GingerC Arachnosquire Active Member

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    I was thinking I'd try some next time I went to the pet store and see if the larva will eat them. In the meantime, it's sustaining itself on mites and honey, and if it doesn't work out at least I can let it go. :)
     
  8. Bunyan van Asten

    Bunyan van Asten Arachnoknight Active Member

    You have those things Where you live do much that you can just take them from your yard?!
     
  9. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnoengineer Arachnosupporter

    The desert is a beautiful place :)
     
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  10. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoprince Active Member

    I am SO jealous right now...
    The Netherlands don't have much to offer in terms of crazy insects/inverts due to being rather cold and rainy and densely populated. You'd have to look really hard for an insect that is larger than my thumb...:(
     
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  11. Nephila Edulis

    Nephila Edulis Arachnosquire Active Member

    The strangest invert I keep is probably a blue garden flatworm. They're probably the slowest predators on earth but they're relentless, sorta like a zombie. One also appeared with a red sphere next to it this morning. I have absolutely no idea what it is but I have a suspicion that it's what some people where calling an "egg cocoon" but the pictures of egg cocoons they had were black.
     
  12. Lucashank

    Lucashank Arachnopeon Active Member

    I kept some of the native ones from here for nearly a year, but I'm fairly certain most if not all were males. I remember reading about keepers commonly having them die quickly (days to weeks), so I experimented a little. I kept them in small containers like deli cups in my garage next to the swamp cooler. The temperature ranged from 60-70F and the humidity was high. I gave them tons of substrate to burrow, and only fed them maybe once a month, and a small cricket at that. I also kept them in damp coco fiber. This was more than ten years ago, so i'm sure that things have changed, but when I saw everyone keeping them in temperatures of 80F+, feeding weekly (or more), kept super dry, and also with only a wood hide, and failing miserably, I figured I would try nearly the opposite.
    Although, surprisingly, I haven't seen a solifugid in the US for a couple years. Last one I saw was a crazy fast, lanky dude in Bahrain.
     
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  13. Lucashank

    Lucashank Arachnopeon Active Member

    I used to keep planarians when I was much younger for "scientific" purposes. Very interesting creatures. Did you catch your flatworm?
     
  14. Nephila Edulis

    Nephila Edulis Arachnosquire Active Member

    Yes I caught it under a piece of wood in my shed. They're everywhere around here. I've also seen a brown species with a yellow stripe around here
     
  15. shutout2000

    shutout2000 Arachnosquire Active Member

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  16. klawfran3

    klawfran3 Arachnobaron

    I raise plecopterans and megalopterans from larvae. It's difficult but very fun when you have an adult hatch out.
     
  17. Nephila Edulis

    Nephila Edulis Arachnosquire Active Member

    Earwigs are pet holes. I have a single predatory earwig and he never leaves his burrow, luckily it made its burrow right agianst the plastic of his tub, still pretty cool to watch hunt though
     
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  18. VolkswagenBug

    VolkswagenBug Arachnopeon Active Member

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    I've kept earwigs, which you could consider unusual. I've also kept small polydesmids. I'm also planning to purchase a Stenopelmatus and some polyxenids from Bugs in Cyberspace tomorrow.
     
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  19. Nephila Edulis

    Nephila Edulis Arachnosquire Active Member

    I remember ages ago I picked up a magazine about megalopterans. At the time I thought they were pretty scary looking, now I wish I could keep some
     
  20. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

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    This guy was probably one of the coolest things ive ever owned. He was awesome
     
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