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My Wild Backyard and Vivariums

Feeder Insects
My Critters
Feeder Insects
Terrarium, Vivarium
Critter Caresheets
Building Large Terrariums
Making a Keep Box
Making Outdoor Critter Houses
Backyard Pond Attraction
Wild Birds
Garden Insects
Butterflies and Moths
My Garden Plants
Wild Yard Plants
My Backyard Gallery
A Library of Links

Different types of insects you can get from suppliers or pet stores or out of your own back yard for your terrarium critter and ways to keep, raise and/or breed them.

In Site Care Sheets


Fruit Flies


Other Alternative Feeders

Earth worms

60-65 temp. (heat in winter with a light bulb) Mulched soil such as peats with leaves, pulp (shredded newspaper and/or sawdust would do), some sphagnum moss but not allot. Very moist but not wet. Preferably a container that remains dark, you can even use an ice chest. The soil needs air so the lid needs holes or slightly ajar or you may even use an aquarium air pump and occasionally stir the soil. Angle the chest and use it's 'faucet' as a drain for excess water. The colony will establish within a month. Every 3 to 4 days sprinkle a light layer of corn meal on the top of the soil. Stir any left overs from the last feeding into the soil. As a feeder, left over worms from feeding a frog or lizard smells pretty bad so pick out just enough at just the right size and take them out if they are still there within 4hrs.

Isopod: woodlous
They eat composting leaves and bark, favoring an occasional potato or its vegetation and peals, carrots and maple bark. You can give them a tropical vivarium set up in a 10gal tank, moist but not too wet, low humidity. Plenty of leaves and bark. Otherwise, a plastic container with a closing lid, small breathing holes on the side. They can't climb but if you keep this out of the way, you don't want holes big enough for spiders to crawl in. Fill the bottom with moist peat moss following with a substrate of leaves and bark. Keep it damp and warm by at least room temperature, no greater than 85 degrees.


Simple container. Fill the bottom with a substrate of bran or whole wheat flour or corn meal. Add anything like potato's, apples, carrots ect. for moisture.

Mosquito Larvae

Breed in stagnant water, easy to find in any rain water barrel or pots, buckets ect. Catch them with an aquarium fish net and drop them directly into the tank in a bowl of water or into the water of a false-bottom/semi-aquatic tank. If your pet doesn't eat the larvae right away, they'll eat the mosquitoes.

These are very tiny anthropods who eat on decaying plants, leaves, fungi, molds, algae and active dry yeast. I've gathered springtails more or less by accident gathering leaf litter for my vivariums. They can also be found in compost and moist, decaying wood. You can gather springtails for stock by buying them or gathering moist leaf litter from a garden or compost. The care sheet link I have below for them uses plaster of Paris for the substrate but you can still use wood decay, a humus like coir, peat moss, orchid bark or plant charcoal (not the BBQ kind, active carbon would benefit them as well). Their container needs to be moist (not drenched) and warm, 70-80 degrees.

Fluker's Cricket Farm

Wormman's Wormfarm

Mealworm Care Sheet

Collecting Termites

Springtail Care Sheet

Fruit fly, Springtail & Cricket Nymphs Care Sheet