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Fruit Fly Cultures

Some of the highest quality fruit fly cultures online!

NEHERP Fruit Fly Feeder Cultures
 
About The Cultures...
Fruit Flies are an excellent food source for dart frogs and many other small amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Our super-high quality 32oz fruit fly cultures are one of the best selling items we create at NEHERP, and we've spent years developing methods to ensure our cultures remain top-quality in the industry. Each Fruit Fly Culture is created using our NEHERP Fruit Fly Media, to ensure each will produce quickly, create huge numbers, and last a long while. Our fruit fly culture storage room is temperature/humidity controlled, and is sealed to ensure cultures remain super clean. This also helps us to ensure they will predictably & reliably produce on time, every time. Between the unique creation & storage methods, reliable packing/shipping methods, and an awesome perishable shipping policy, we're confident you'll love our fruit fly cultures. (Not as much as your pets will, though!) :-D ...click to show full description
 
About The Flies...
D. melanogaster is our smallest fly which produces quickly and in large numbers. Turkish Glider flies reproduce just as fast & in as many numbers as D. melanogaster, but are slightly larger & have the ability to hop & glide in an enclosure. D. hydei flies are larger, more bold, and produce slower & in smaller numbers. Golden hydei is our largest fly, and produces about the same (if night slightly faster) than typical D. hydei. Cultures for each species are created using our best-selling & well proven NEHERP Fly Media to ensure excellent results. If you'd like to try your hand at breeding your own, we offer everything you need to make your own high quality fruit fly cultures on our Insect Breeding Supplies page! We suggest newer hobbyists start with the more forgiving D. melanogaster or Turkish Glider species, since they reproduce faster than their larger Hydei relatives.
 
 

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Live Isopod Cultures: Armadillidium Species

Our largest & most sought after species of Isopods

Isopoda Armadillidium maculatum Isopoda Armadillidium maculatum 'Chocolate' Isopoda Armadillidium sp. 'Montenegro'
Armadillidium maculatum Armadillidium maculatum 'Chocolate' Armadillidium sp. 'Montenegro'
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Armadillidium maculatum Armadillidium maculatum 'Chocolate' Armadillidium sp. 'Montenegro'
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NEHERP Staff Description:
These are the largest Isopods we work with, approaching 5/8in in length. Species in this genus are able to roll into a ball when they are disturbed, which helps to protect their soft underbelly while only exposing their harder shell. This behavior has earned them the common names "Roly Poly" and "Pillbug". Unlike our smaller varieties, these reproduce significantly slower and are far less common in the hobby. Although they perform the same function as any other Isopod we carry in a live vivarium environment, Armadillidium species seem to be more commonly kept as pets by invertebrate enthusiasts. If they'll be used as a detritivore within a vivarium designed for another primary inhabitant, we strongly recommend allowing extra time to ensure they can establish a large enough population. Otherwise, these are a great choice for those who are looking to build a micro-vivarium with Isopods as the primary inhabitant.
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About Armadillidium maculatum:
These are affectionately known as "Zebra Pillbugs" within the hobby. Native to Europe & Northern Asia, their blackish-gray & white striping stands out on any vivarium substrate. They seem to explore enclosures without much shyness, and tend to stay in view once a population is established. They tend to explore more when humidity is high & there are a few dimly lit areas available to them. An awesome choice for those looking for a starter Isopod Pet.
About Armadillidium maculatum 'Chocolate':
These are hand-selected Armadillidium maculatum which have been line bred for a dark brown coloration. Available Isopods are bred from a line which was separated from one of our cultures in early 2017 by a young student team member of ours who took the project on as an experiment, after he'd seen line-bred Isopods being talked about on social media. Unexpectedly cool stuff! This is an ongoing project which is constantly improving.
About Armadillidium sp. 'Montenegro':
Commonly referred to as "Clown Isopods" by enthusiasts. These are some of the more rare Isopods in the hobby today, and are the "newest to the hobby" species that we currently offer. Young individuals have slightly more drab coloration with the top row of spots being white/gray in color. As the Isopods mature, their skirt coloration seems to become brighter orange, and the white/gray row of spots turns to bright yellow.
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Live Isopod Cultures: Dwarf Species

Beneficial detritivore microfauna for live vivariums & more

Beneficial microfauna for live vivariums

Isopoda Dwarf Sp. 'Gray' Isopoda Dwarf Sp. 'Purple' Isopoda Dwarf Sp. 'White'
"Dwarf Gray"
Nagurus cristatus
"Dwarf Purple"
Isopoda Sp. 'Dwarf Purple'
"Dwarf White"
Trichorhina tomentosa

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Nagurus cristatus Isopoda Sp. 'Dwarf Purple' Trichorhina tomentosa
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Nagurus cristatus
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Isopoda Sp. 'Dwarf Purple'
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Trichorhina tomentosa

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NEHERP Staff Description:
The 'Dwarf Isopod' label applied to these varieties stems from the hobby, and doesn't reflect an official taxonomic rank. These Isopods are just under 1/4in long as adults, and are the smallest varieties we offer. Younger specimens are only slightly larger than common Springtails (Collembola), making them more difficult to spot than their larger cousins. These Isopods are our top-choice for use as a cleanup crew within a live vivarium housing most inhabitant species. They reproduce fairly quickly, are easy to manage, and seem to be active both day and night. We consider Dwarf Isopods to be suitable for all tropical & temperate enclosures which have fairly moist (not necessarily wet) substrate, and a minimum of 50% relative humidity. In addition to being kept as pets & utilized as detritivores within live vivarium environments, these dwarf species are sometimes offered as feeders for small insectivores. Dwarf varieties seem to reproduce fastest when kept between 70-80F, but they will survive in both higher and lower temperatures.
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About The "Asst" Option:
The "Assorted" (Breeder's Choice) option is our best deal on a healthy Dwarf Isopod culture. With this selection, you'll receive one of the three Dwarf Isopod species we carry. This option allows us to pull from whichever species is most plentiful at the time, which helps ensure we can keep up with demand. For being flexible and selecting this option, we're able to provide you with the lower price (5-10% off!) on the culture. :-) If you'll be using Isopods for a live vivarium & don't have a strong preference one way or the other, this will be your best bet since all three of these species perform the same task.
About Dwarf Gray Isopods:
We consider Dwarf Gray Isopods (Nagurus cristatus) a tropical species. These are frequently found in tropical greenhouses, which has earned them the colloquial name of "Greenhouse Woodlouse". The line we work with was actually unexpectedly sourced from a shipment of tropical plants from Florida back in 2012. (We believe our line originally came from Central or South America) From From what we've been told, it seems that Nagurus cristatus is actually a parthenogenetic species. (All female, producing asexually) This variety seems to reproduce a slightly slower than our other dwarf Isopods, so they are available less often. These are also called "Dwarf Striped Isopods".
About Dwarf Purple Isopods:
Adult Dwarf Purple Isopods seem to have a slightly purple/brown hue. (Well illustrated in this example photo) We've found that they are happy to explore upper regions of backgrounds & wood decor, so long as there is enough moisture present within the enclosure. There has been debate within the hobby for years about the official name for this species, but we aren't confident enough to post one way or another. We've seen them colloquially referred to as "Costa Rican Purple Isopods", "Jungle Purple Isopods", and a handful of other names. If you have information on the official species name of these Isopods, please let us know. We'd love to learn!
About Dwarf White Isopods:
Like the purple variety, Trichorhina tomentosa are also keen on venturing upward within a moist enclosure, and can sometimes be found on backgrounds & other hardscape decor. They are the easiest dwarf variety to spot due to their coloration. (Here's another decent closeup photo) We're told their native range extends from Central to South America, so we consider them a tropical species. Dwarf White Isopods are among the most commonly utilized & easiest to keep species in the live vivarium hobby. Other colloquial names for these include "Dwarf Tropical Woodlice", "Tropical White Isopods", "Dwarf White Sowbugs", and "Dwarf White Woodlice".
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Live Isopod Cultures: Porcellio scaber

Beneficial detritivore microfauna for live vivariums & more

Beneficial microfauna for live vivariums

Porcellio scaber Porcellio scaber 'Dalmation' Porcellio scaber 'Spanish Orange'
Porcellio scaber P. scaber 'Dalmation' P. scaber 'Spanish Orange'
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Porcellio scaber Porcellio scaber 'Dalmation' Porcellio scaber 'Spanish Orange'
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NEHERP Staff Description:

This is one seriously prolific little Isopod which has established populations on every continent except for Antarctica. Adults grow to around 3/4in long, making them significantly larger than the Dwarf varieties we work with. While there are a few Isopod enthusiasts keeping these as pets, we've found that the majority of our clients utilize Porcellio scaber as detritivores within live vivariums & other enclosures which would benefit from their company. We consider this species an excellent choice for all temperate & tropical live vivariums (50-95% relative humidity) which house medium or large inhabitants. (Over 6-7in long) Colloquial names for this widespread species include "Rough Woodlouse", "Common Woodlouse", and "European Woodlouse". Porcellio species can't roll into a ball like their Armadillidium cousins. We keep these between 70-84F, and provide a slightly moist substrate at all times. It's especially important to provide a source of leaf litter when keeping this species, since hungry individuals can sometimes turn on live plants when their preferred food source runs short. If Porcellio scaber Isopods begin munching on plants in your enclosure while plenty of leaf litter is available (this is extremely uncommon), we recommend offering more nutrient rich foods (Repashy Bug Burger or Repashy Morning Wood).

All three of the varieties we work with (natural/wild type, 'Dalmation', and 'Spanish Orange') are different lines of the same species (P. scaber). For that reason, the care recommendations & behavioral analysis above applies to all three varieties. There are over 190 species of Porcellio, and we look forward to working with new types in the future. When we do, we'll be sure to update this article.

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Phoenix Worms

An excellent, highly nutritious feeder insect for a variety of different species

Phoenix Worms
 
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.
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Suggested for Dart Frogs, hatchling Geckos of very small species (Lygodactylus, Lepidodactylus, small Phelsuma, etc), Praying Mantis, Vampire Crabs, and similar sized species.
 
Small Size
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!
 
Medium Size
Suggested for small Bearded Dragons, Skinks, Chameleons, Anoles, and similar sized species. Great for juvenile Gargoyle, Crested, Leaf Tail, and Leopard Geckos!
 
Large Size
Suggested for Bearded Dragons, adult Geckos, Monitors, large Chameleons, and similar sized species. Great for adult Gargoyle, Crested, Leaf Tail, and Leopard Geckos!
 
 
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Springtails: Folsomia candida

The most popular Springtail cultures used in live vivariums

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Springtails are a critical part of the detritivore "cleanup crew" of a vivarium and can also be used as a feeder for smaller species. Folsomia candida is the fastest to reproduce, easiest to care for, and most commonly used species in the hobby. It's our best selling species of Springtail by far, and has been one of our best sellers for 9+ years now. One of our ultra high quality freshly started cultures contains enough individuals to seed most larger sized enclosures, or several smaller ones. Because we use our best-selling vivarium substrate as a media for these cultures, it's appropriate & safe to simply dump our Springtail Culture directly into your vivarium to begin establishing a population within. We recommend doing this after adding plants but before adding leaf litter/moss, although it's totally fine to add Spingtails at any time. Once added, the springs will populate the habitat and should sustain a healthy population indefinitely. Each culture is fed with some of our Springtail Food before shipping, to ensure it can last as long as it takes to build a vivarium. As always, our cultures are absolutely guaranteed to be free of mites and other microfauna.
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