Orin McMonigle, with contributions by the late Dr. Richard L. Hoffman, assembles the definitive resource guide with reproductive and developmental data for those spectacular terrestrial arthropods, the millipeds (or millipedes). Invertebrate hobbyists can successfully culture a number of colorful and gigantic diplopods by following specific methodologies outlined in this book. From the world's largest African giant millipeds to the most astoundingly colorful members of the Orders Polydesmida and Spirobolida, there are plenty of species to attract the beginning enthusiast or to challenge the advanced keeper.
Orin McMonigle has been sharing his love of invertebrates in print for more than a quarter century. An article he wrote on invertebrates was awarded 1st place, best article for the year 1988 by FAAS. He has published invertebrate husbandry articles in publications including Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist, Invertebrates-Magazine, International Fauna Society's The Keeper, UK's Insecta, Invertebrata, and Exotiske Insekter. Primary editor of Invertebrates-Magazine from 2001-2012. First book published in 1999, The Complete Guide to Rearing Grant's Rhinoceros Beetle has been followed by more than fifteen titles concerning the captive requirements of invertebrates.
Through decades of research and experimentation, trial and error, methodologies for rearing some of the most spectacular microfauna have been formed. While interest has grown exponentially in the last few decades it is still almost unheard of for a human to have a modicum of appreciation for such real magical creatures as the spectacular Eastern Hercules Beetle, Unicorn Mantis, Albino Millipede, or Giant Amazonian Whipspider. The hope is that through the sharing of species details and husbandry parameters supported by first hand experience (as well as husbandry parameters tested and provided directly by other amateur and professional invertebrate enthusiasts) the offered resources will inspire a greater appreciation for our small fellow creatures in their living state and before the majority find their habitat is replaced by shopping malls and permanently poisoned by synthetic chemicals. These tiny, magnificent, creatures deserve to be nurtured, observed, and cared for; not just squashed or poisoned, dried, and pinned.