1. I've seen mouse tracks and beetle tracks but never have I seen springtail tracks... They're so adorably small!

  2. You probably just need to wait longer. I recommend waiting another week and see how it is. Sometimes I have to wait two weeks for large insects to dry. Your stick insect will get dry eventually.

  3. The thing that confuses me is that its a nymph. It's super skinny and under 4 cm in length. There's no way it needs another whole week to dry out. It's odd. I've had much larger specimens dry out in half the time.

  4. That is strange, but the only thing you can do if your specimen isn't dry is to just wait longer. Maybe the space it's in isn't as dry as you think? Also, just to troubleshoot here, what makes you think it isn't dry? Are the appendages and body just as movable and supple as before? Can you move the antennae without them breaking? You can also try freezing the specimen if you think there's a chance that it's still alive.

  5. Yesssss, I keep some harvestmen as pets and they are so cute. They also glow under UV light.

  6. I keep Vonones sayi and highly recommend them!

  7. I'd be curious for any animal experts out there to inform the group as to the evolutional need for the fangs.

  8. The fangs are for male-male competition, just like antlers.

  9. Phyllopalpus pulchellus, you cant go wrong with a bug called Handsome Trig.

  10. Definitely a dog. The brow is high and the snout is wide, supporting dog over coyote.

  11. You don't need to let him sit in alcohol before pinning. But, you may consider evisceration (taking the guts out). If an insect has a lot of guts, then they will rot as they dry on the pin and their abdomen will turn brown/black. This video shows how to do evisceration:

  12. Thanks for the great info! I plan to get some of these eventually, and this is very helpful. :D Do you think they'd reproduce alright in a planted terrarium with millipedes (N. Americanus) or would it be best to breed them seperately and then introduce them once I have them breeding?

  13. Glad it was helpful! A planted terrarium sounds fine as long as they have wood to hide under. I don't have experience keeping harvestmen with millipedes, but I imagine the eggs will be safe as millipedes are detritivores and prefer plant matter.

  14. Thanks for the great info, sorry for the late response! Do you happen to know what the lifespan for this genus looks like? I want to get into them, but want to ensure that they'll live longer than a couple months, preferably a few years.

  15. Bugs In Cyberspace says they've kept adults for a year. I haven't paid attention to how long mine live, but I have noticed that over the span of several months I only had one die on me (possibly of old age, as my original population was wild caught). So, seems as though they are fairly long lived. If you have breeding you'll get recruitment of new adults as well.

  16. Wow, amazing work! They're extremely similar for sure. The only thing that stands out to me is the hair texture. Some animals have super thick hair strands, but the faux fur seems to have thin strands. So, if you made a sculpture of an animal with thick hair like say a moose or a prairie dog, the faux fur wouldn't match well.

  17. I believe it’s a stone hammer, used for shaping or breaking rock.

  18. Seems to be right! It matches the double edge rock hammer here:

  19. I used to work in an herbarium that also had fungal specimens. They preserved fungi by just drying them out and putting them in a box for safe keeping. Cordyceps was preserved the same way, but with the insect exoskeleton included as well.

  20. Vonones sayi babies are so cute! I've found their care to be exactly the same as the adults, just make sure to have a vertical surface for them to shed on. A fun thing to do is to shine a blacklight on them and watch as their fluorescence develops as they get older. The smallest babies don't fluoresce at all, but they gradually fluoresce more and more the closer they get to being adults. From my estimates it takes about 2 months for them to become adults.

  21. Epic! The have cork bark flats in their setup for shedding, and I will definitely add more small live foods, just in case the adults be cannibalistic, I've heard it's possible. But the black light fluorescence is so fun to see what inverts do it. (Fun fact, solifuges or camel spiders have very weak fluorescence)

  22. That's good! I haven't observed mine being cannibalistic on babies, but better safe than sorry.

  23. If there’s an actual lid on the set up then there IS a body you just haven’t found it yet. Even if her workers killed her you would see evidence of it somewhere

  24. I've searched through the tub and haven't found one... It's a super simple set up so if there was a body I would have found it. I found fruit fly and worker bodies, but no queen.

  25. How high is the temperature? What about humidity?

  26. Temperature is in the mid 70s F. Humidity is around 50%, but certainly higher in the tubes themselves. Yup, fluon on all edges, though the barrier might have weakened. I did see workers on the lid a few times, but even if they make it to the lid they can't physically escape as the seal is airtight and the mesh is much too small for them. And yup, I've double checked several times that she's not among the workers.

  27. How long does this usually take? I wish I had beetles but this is my first time preserving a skeleton.

  28. The "flower pot method" depends on the temperature. If it's warm/hot outside it should only take a month. If it's cold outside it will not make much progress at all.

  29. Cute drawings! I love the eyes.

  30. I actually think he does look like a wild rat, just not the type we would normally see in cities (Norway rat). Which is also the species bred for pet and lab rats. He looks more like a woodrat/packrat. Compare these images to OP’s video:

  31. Yeah I agree with packrat. They have a slightly furry tail that's bicolored (dark on top and white on bottom). I can see the bicolored tail in the release video. That probably explains its strange behavior.

  32. I am pretty sure he is wild, as I am in a wooded area with houses far and few between.

  33. This looks like a packrat. They're wild and resemble pest rats, but they have a slightly furry tail that's bicolored (dark on top and white on bottom). I can see the bicolored tail in the release video. That probably explains its strange behavior.

  34. UPDATE: The growth eventually healed. That part of her face looks darker than the rest, but otherwise she's back to normal. Still no idea what happened in the first place.

  35. It's very normal for the test to say "0.25" because it's very little ammonia and the test gets fuzzy at that concentration. You can test this on clean water straight out the tap, RO water or tanks you know are dead clean and you'll still get a 0.25 result sometimes.

  36. Thanks for your input, I was hesitant to think this growth was caused entirely from ammonia too. It's close to my usual water change date and I had to clean the fliter recently, so a little ammonia didn't surprise me. Whatever the growth is, I just hope it doesn't get worse. As of now it doesn't seem to be affecting her health.

  37. For insects with huge abdomens (ex. grasshoppers and female mantids), it's helpful to dissect out the abdomen contents ("eviscerate") and fill the abdomen with cotton to retain shape. Other than that, insects tend not to rot. They'll dry out just fine as long as it's not super humid.

  38. Awesome work! Figuring out all the bones of a lizard skull and gluing them together correctly is no easy feat.

  39. Reclaimed by Michele is an antique shop in North Lawrence.

  40. If you are still taking suggestions: Lie and a Chameleon are a good option; Lical is also somewhat similar; Maybe Aquarifa? Also try Tokenai Namae for a more shoegaze type of thing.

  41. Sure am, thanks for the recommendations! Lie and a Chameleon isn't my favorite, but I really like the other three! Lical especially sounds like Chouchou Merged Syrups.

  42. Dog. Dogs tend to have gaps in between their incisors while wolves have their incisors close together. This skull has gaps, so it's a dog.

  43. UPDATE: the ramshorn snail did end up dying a couple days later. I suppose it was from old age?

  44. To add on to what others have said, if you decide to go to university to get a BS in geology, check to see if the university offers paleontology classes that you can take while getting your BS. A university I went to allows geology students to get a concentration in paleontology, meaning that they need to take paleontology classes as part of their curriculum.

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