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Meadow plankton/ grass sweepings

This is a discussion on Meadow plankton/ grass sweepings within the Live Food General Discussion forums, part of the Food: Live, Frozen, Freeze-Dried, Pellets, etc category; Does anyone still collect "meadow plankton"? When I was a kid, that's how I fed my terrestrial herps, and all ...

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Does anyone still collect "meadow plankton"?

When I was a kid, that's how I fed my terrestrial herps, and all the herp books recommended it: you sweep a fine-mesh net lightly across the grasses of an un-polluted meadow and you get a gazillion tiny bugs - flies, hemiptera, aphids, spiders etc....



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I still do for my dart frogs, E. longicauda, and E. lucifuga. I'm never one for passing up free food!



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I do, although I usually use aphid-infested thistles and goldenrods for my smaller frogs.



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it's just amazing the sheer quantity and diversity of both terrestrial and aquatic inverts we get here in the north. It seems, the shorter the summer, the better the party :)

then again, maybe it only seems that way when you haven't seen so much as a housefly from October through May....



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