Given their large size, this one's proximity to the viewing area, and my good fortune in noticing the activity, I thought this was a great opportunity for filming. I've never done a video of this nature before, and I can't boast about its quality, but I was pretty jazzed to be able to share footage of one of my Giant Canyons molting. Fun facts were added off the cuff as an afterthought.
Kinda hard to see details in the video but I always really enjoyed watching my isopods molt. I had wondered why I never found their sheds until I saw how quickly they set about to eating it. Of note was one time when i saw a new antennae emerge from an individual that had previously lost one. It was almost hard to believe that a whole new one could fit crumpled up inside the stump of the old one. Interestingly, this was the only isopod out of hundreds that I could keep track of as it was missing an appendage. Even after it grew back it was still easy to pick out of the crowd because it had picked up a habit of moving its antennae in wider circles while it was compensating for the loss. To this day I still see the ‘unicorn’ as I called it about once a week. Im in the process of aquiring a macro-lens for my dslr and hope to get some high-def footage of these little miracles its so easy to overlook. Isopod molting, a flat worm hunting springtails and milipedes eating are all high on my list. Thanks for sharing!