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#49147 - 06/18/05 09:55 PM Potato Bugs
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Have you ever fed potato bugs to your gliders? Do gliders like them, and are they healthy? Thanks:o)

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#49148 - 06/18/05 09:59 PM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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What's a potato bug?
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#49149 - 06/18/05 10:01 PM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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I have to admit, I had never heard of a potato bug before, so I had to go look them up on the net....kind of gave me the willies!!! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />

I have no idea if they are something that our gliders can have, but Im not sure it is something I would want to feed mine....creepy looking!! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />
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#49150 - 06/18/05 10:09 PM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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Okay, I looked. Go to potatobugs.com and check out the FAQ <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" /> That is pretty funny, especially the part about how to get rid of them! I don't know that I'd touch one, let alone give one to my precious babies! I mean yea, they eat worms but that is just spooky!
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#49151 - 06/18/05 11:02 PM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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Oh no, sorry for all the confusion! The bug I actually meant is called a "sowbug pillbug," which are small and gray and live under logs (I grew up calling them potato bugs, lol. Didn't even know their real name until just now!) I looked on potatobugs.com, and boy are they gross looking! I would be more afraid that they would eat my gliders, not the other way around!

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#49152 - 06/18/05 11:02 PM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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They probably have been crawling on the ground, and may have come in contact with harmful stuff for gliders. so I wouldnt.

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#49153 - 06/18/05 11:19 PM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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Haha. I have always called the pillbug things potato bugs too! I don't know why, that is just how I knew them growing up. Nice to know the real name of them

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#49154 - 06/18/05 11:29 PM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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Maybe calling them Potato Bugs is something we do in the East, lol!

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#49155 - 06/18/05 11:56 PM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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I grew up in Ohio and we always called them potato bugs too, either that or roly poly bugs, since they'd curl up into little balls.
It wasn't until a few years ago I found out that real potato bugs were something completely different (and gross!).

As for feeding pill bugs to gliders, I have no idea if they're edible, but I'd worry about wild caught ones carrying pesticides and such.

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#49156 - 06/19/05 04:31 PM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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Well I'm on the West Coast, and I grew up knowing them as Potato Bugs!!! So I guess it was a universal thing. But I looked at the potatobug.com website, and those things are.......strange. Not what I was thinking of.

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#49157 - 06/20/05 06:24 AM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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LMAO... <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" /> I am from the Canadian East Coast and I knew exactly what you were talking about <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumb.gif" alt="" /> LOL <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" />..... GOTTA be an eastern thing... LOL That cracks me up.. I am still laughing... <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />
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#49158 - 06/20/05 08:00 AM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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Potato bugs! LOL. That's what I've called them growing up. Sow bugs are the flatter ones. Both are crustaceans.

I've fed one or two to gliders but I'd be afraid of pesticides. Plus, by nature, the creatures are ditritivorous which means they feed on decaying matter. I'd be afraid of microbes and such undesireables coming in contact with the pillbugs/potato bugs/sow bugs, and hence being ingested by your gliders accordingly. I'd also question, since they are so limited to eating mostly dead leaves and the like, how nutrient-rich they are in comparison to other arthropods that eat a relatively greater variety of food stuffs like crickets or mealworms.

Mikey <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/dance.gif" alt="" />

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#49159 - 06/20/05 08:50 PM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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Thanks everybody! I guess I'll just stick to the mealies, hehe:o) It's cool to find out that so many of us call them Potato Bugs!

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#49160 - 06/20/05 09:16 PM Re: Potato Bugs [Re: ]
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I remember calling them water bugs. I did know what you were talking about though so we must have called them potato bugs too. I guess it is an east coast thing. Sort of like sprinkles or jimmies. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/offtopic.gif" alt="" />

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