invertabrate menagerie in terrariums
When I set up my terrarium, one of my concerns was that an infestation of white fly, spider mite, scale, aphid etc. would be hard to deal with. I see that some of you are also concerned. A little experience and some reflection has given me a different view. I introduced quite a collection of harmless bugs with bark and moss. All are very tiny and also very interesting--at least to me. I saw some mites today. They may live on mold. Non-biting midges breed in the small water pool. They are really tiny. There is a very small slug that has not visibly attacked any healthy leaves yet. It seemed to be grazing on lichens and might prefer dying leaves to green ones.
. The enclosed environment of the terrarium offers unique opportunities for control of plant eating pests. I think a few small centipedes found under rocks or in a rotting log would be a great way to controll all other insects and mites. They are strictly carnivorous. In warmer weather many indiscriminately carnivorous insects are available. Others writers have mentioned carnivorous plants.
. I'm enjoying the tiny bugs so much that I'm thinking of looking for millipedes, which eat mold, or a small earthworm. This started out as a plant thing and they are still the main thing for me. I'm nothing if not flexible. At some point I will be tempted to get some tiny frogs, when I've learned how to take care of them.