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 Post subject: Look! Wow! Vinegaroon nymph eating!?!?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:39 pm 
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So, this is a new one for me. I have a large number (i.e., 43) of vinegaroon (Mastigoproctus giganteus) nymphs each in their own container. I threw in a few isopods to keep the containers clean. The nymphs ate the isopods! I have been cutting up roaches and crickets and I have thousands of isopods. Problem solved! No more buying and cutting crickets and roaches. My other carnivorous and omnivorous arthropods will not eat these (except for my Woodlouse Hunters Dysdera crocata :)). Go here and look at one of my nymphs eating an isopod:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set= ... 680&type=1

Has anyone ever heard of this or seen it? I can't seem to find this feeding behavior online or in the Mastigoproctus giganteus research literature.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:43 pm 
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That's pretty cool. I've found isopod exos in the minny vinny tanks before but thought they'd just dried out. They seem to eat anything that they can corner and crush.

How was the survival rate on these guys, anyhow?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:32 pm 
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Luis de Armas wrote a paper or two on observations of vinegaroons in the wild scavenging food. They take a surpringly wide array of foods, including things like frog eggs.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:47 am 
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Bill S wrote:
Luis de Armas wrote a paper or two on observations of vinegaroons in the wild scavenging food. They take a surpringly wide array of foods, including things like frog eggs.


Thanks! I will get the papers.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:50 am 
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zonbonzovi wrote:
That's pretty cool. I've found isopod exos in the minny vinny tanks before but thought they'd just dried out. They seem to eat anything that they can corner and crush.

How was the survival rate on these guys, anyhow?


She had 43 eggs and I have 42 nymphs that are a little over 4 months old. I have really worked hard to provide them with the optimum environment.


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Thanks! I will get the papers.

They're in Spanish, if that's important.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:21 am 
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Bill S wrote:
MrCrackerpants wrote:
Thanks! I will get the papers.

They're in Spanish, if that's important.


Thanks. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Look! Wow! Vinegaroon nymph eating!?!?
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I remember reading in an old issue of the ATS Forum Magazine an account of wild (meaning not in captivity) vinegaroons eating CORN someone had dropped on the ground! I'd asume it was the moisture they were after, but still fascinating...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:28 am 
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Wade Harrell wrote:
I remember reading in an old issue of the ATS Forum Magazine an account of wild (meaning not in captivity) vinegaroons eating CORN someone had dropped on the ground! I'd asume it was the moisture they were after, but still fascinating...

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Cool. I will try this.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:49 pm 
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Although I wasn't suggesting it as a diet, it would be interesting to see if they do anything with it.

However, I would STRONGLY suggest using organic corn. Most corn available at the supermarket is either genetically modified to be insect resistant and/or heavily sprayed with pesticides. I wouldn't trust it with any arthropods!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:54 pm 
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zonbonzovi wrote:
How was the survival rate on these guys, anyhow?

I've kept quite a few captive hatched babies and have never seen one die. A little care and they are extremely hardy. Getting them to grow is another story.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:13 pm 
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I've raised a few babies to adulthood and it took several years. They only seemed to molt while sealed in the burrow which they only did during winter IME.

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