Live Insects & Microfauna
Vivarium Microfauna + Feeder Flies
~ Order Processing Update ~
We're finally just about caught up from the big spring warm-up rush, and expect shipping schedules to be almost back to normal. Clients can expect our shipping schedule to be within 1 business day or so of our typical policy through Tuesday 3/31, and back to 100% normal by Wednesday April 1'st. Thanks to everyone for being patient during our busiest month ever - we really appreciate it!
NEHERP 32oz Fly Cultures
Some of the best fly cultures online!
We have super high quality Wingless Drosophila Melanogaster and Flightless Drosophila Hydei fruit fly cultures available at our lowest prices ever. Either of these are an excellent food source for dart frogs and many other small amphibians & reptiles. D. melanogaster is a smaller fly that produces quickly and in large numbers, while D. hydei is larger and produces slower in smaller numbers, as illustrated on this production schedule chart
. Hydei come on Repashy's media
, and melanogaster come on our best-selling NEHERP media
for the best results possible with either species. For newer hobbyists, we'd suggest Melanogaster for the quickest learning curve.
We also offer everything you need to make your own high quality fruit fly cultures on our Insect Breeding Supplies page!
An excellent, highly nutritious feeder insect for a variety of different species
Recommended by veterinarians, genuine Phoenix Worms are the only calcium-rich feeder that has naturally balanced calcium and phosphorus and can be safely fed as a staple. Delicious, nutritious, high in calcium and low in fat, Phoenix worms are an excellent alternative to more common feeders for dozens of different species. In addition to having a perfect balance of calcium and phosphorus, Phoenix Worms provide high levels of natural lauric acid. Lauric acid is known for its excellent antimicrobial properties including potent activity against lipid coated viruses, clostridium and pathogenic protozoa including coccidia. About 53% of the fat in Phoenix Worms is beneficial lauric acid, a proven antimicrobial especially effective against coccidiosis. Due to the high nutritional content, no additional supplementation is required. Phoenix Worms can sustain themselves within their cups for weeks at room temperature with no additional effort.
Extra Small Size
Suggested for Dart Frogs, hatchling Geckos of very small species (Lygodactylus, Lepidodactylus, small Phelsuma, etc), Praying Mantis, Vampire Crabs, and similar sized species.
Suggested for larger Dart Frogs, smaller Chameleons, hatchling Geckos, aquatic Turtles, small tropical fish, and similar sized species. A perfect size for many carnivorous plants, too!
Suggested for small Bearded Dragons, Skinks, Chameleons, Anoles, and similar sized species. Great for juvenile Gargoyle, Crested, Leaf Tail, and Leopard Geckos!
Sugested for Bearded Dragons, adult Geckos, Monitors, large Chameleons, and similar sized species. Great for adult Gargoyle, Crested, Leaf Tail, and Leopard Geckos!
Authentic Phoenix Worms® Ship Directly From NEHERP!
Springtail Culture 16oz
Quality freshly started springtail cultures
Springtails shown greatly enlarged. Actual adult size:
Springtails are a critical part of the detritivore cleanup crew of a vivarium and can be used as a feeder insect for smaller species. This species (Folsomia candida) is the fastest to reproduce in the hobby, and does an excellent job keeping things clean in a vivarium. One freshly started culture contains enough springtails to seed most larger sized enclosures, or several smaller ones. Our best selling mixed media cultures offer an easy way to introduce springtails directly into your vivarium by simply dumping the culture's contents directly onto your substrate layer (ideally just after adding plants but before adding leaf litter/moss). Once added, the springs will populate the habitat and should sustain a healthy population indefinitely. Each culture is available with a small deli cup of brewers yeast (springtail food) at no additional charge. As always, our cultures are absolutely guaranteed to be free of mites and other microfauna.
$4.99/ea 16oz Culture
Isopod Starter Cultures
Beneficial vivarium microfauna species!
Individual Isopod Species Information:
Dwarf Isopods - Fast Reproduction - Average Adult Size Roughly 1/8-1/4"
Like our Springtails & Fruit Fly cultures, these are bred in-house at NEHERP, so you can rest comfortably knowing they are 100% CB and fed only high quality foods. Isopods do a great job keeping vivariums clean & tidy! They are small, harmless creatures, with a maximum length of about 3/4". Each one of our starter cultures can either be added directly to a vivarium, or they can be introduced into a breeding kit (optional) which should begin to produce within a couple weeks. These are shipped in small deli cups for the safest travel possible. To maximize value, we don't count babies towards our total count, as they can take weeks to hit mature breeding size. We always do our best to ensure 17-20+ juveniles & adults will be included, to ensure a fast growing population for you!
We mist our isopods every 2 days, and feed about twice per week or when the food disappears. We offer each 6qt culture about 1/2-1 tbsp Repashy Bug Burger every feeding, and keep them @ room temp (73F-78F). Isopods love Bug Burger (Pic: Isopods munchin') Our isopod substrate is a modified ABG Mix, with added crushed leaf litter, and cypress mulch. We also add a handful of crushed leaf litter (live oak) every other month or so to give them an alternative food source.