Damon diadema and B. dubia

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All the info I can find has been people feeding crickets, with the occaisional lobster or lateralis roach. Has anyone had luck feeding exclusively B. dubia?

I hope to be cricket free as soon as my last T switches over, but I really want the D. diadema. Lobster roaches and lateralis are not going to happen for me either.
 

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B. dubia works fine, although sometimes you'll see a pile-up of burrowers in your sub.
 

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Firefly mimics work well but chances are your Damon will starve to death before eating a dubia. I know in my setups a dubia would never be eaten though feeding through prekilling or specific feeding containers isn't impossible.
 

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I've been thinking the same thing, seeing that dubia nymphs are burrowers and Damon are arboreal. I was actually thinking about getting a Phrynus, but it would still be the same issue. I also want to eventually use nymphs/juveniles from my dubia colony as a staple, but I was wondering whether getting a tailless whip scorp might mean still having to use crickets.

It wouldn't hurt to try using forceps to feed live nymphs, or the feeding container idea.
 

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Firefly mimics work well but chances are your Damon will starve to death before eating a dubia. I know in my setups a dubia would never be eaten though feeding through prekilling or specific feeding containers isn't impossible.
+1 the best bet would be Naupheta cinerea (lobster roach). But I have found the best all-around feeder is still crickets for my whips. With the odd lobster roach for variety . Keep them fat and happy and this is what you get.
 

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Almost all Amblypygids are in general more or less arboreal. I see mine (I keep two Phrynus species) rarely on the substrate.
Feed anything that does not burrow into your sub. I doubt you could feed this shy and skittish animals with forceps, but do tell us the results, if you are going to try.
 

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Thanks. I've read that one before, but worth the re-read.
I was actually curious about using B. dubias as food for the D. diadema.
Ohh, whoops.. sorry about that! lol. I must have read the thread wrong. I hope you got the answers you needed, Good Luck! :)
 

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Both my adult male and my juvie will readily take dubia. I just drop the roach near them and they'll snatch it right up. The male is a very messy eater though...
 

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Well, I might just have to try it. I'll plan on being stuck with crickets and hope for the best. If I get them I will post back with results.
Thanks for all the help.
 

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Great! I'm always nervous about the young amblys as they're very finicky. The adults of the species you have take dubia nymphs quite willingly.
 

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I am REALLY reaching here, but do amblypygids ever take prekilled like T's and scorpions sometimes will?

I don't see this ever happening, but I thought that about T's too.
 

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Firefly mimics work well but chances are your Damon will starve to death before eating a dubia. I know in my setups a dubia would never be eaten though feeding through prekilling or specific feeding containers isn't impossible.
Sorry I missed this before posting above. Looks like I am going to be stuck with crickets. I need to get some type of amblypygid now!

Thanks again for all the help.
 

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I would like to try lats, but I'm afraid of escapes. Don't want to deal with the wife, landlord, or an infestation. They are just too "roachy".
Right now I can say "They aren't roaches, they're dubias", and do it with a straight face... doubt that would work with lats.
 

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Haven't had any luck personally w/ lats...I assumed it was because of their speed. I never did try the Firefly mimics as Orin suggested, but Panchlora nivea(banana roach) worked OK. The enclosure has to be absolutely secure though and they do burrow.
 

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In my opinion, it's a hard thing for Damons to hold huge specimens of this species because of their chunky stature and thick cuticle. I prefer to feed only freshly molted white Dubias. In this case they can take even adult roaches, which are as big as they are, without effort.
 
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