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So I've been wondering how long the life cycles are for tropical springtails and dwarf white isopods. I've also been wondering how they reproduce -- is i sexually or is either species hermaphroditic?
 

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So I've been wondering how long the life cycles are for tropical springtails and dwarf white isopods. I've also been wondering how they reproduce -- is i sexually or is either species hermaphroditic?
I mostly just grow them. Not much for tracking their generations. This is simply an...let's call it an observational guess. Temperate springtails, very fast, maybe 2 or 3 weeks till new babies are grown up having their own young-uns.
Dwarf Whites and Dwarf Gray/Striped, slower, maybe 2 months if properly fed and kept between 70's to 80.
Giant Oranges, probably 3 or 4 months.
 

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Well I know that the developmental period from egg to adult in D. melanogaster is about 10 days at room temperature. C. elegans has a developmental period of 3.5 days at 20°C, and 2.5 days at 25°C. I'd imagine that period for springtails would be somewhere in between those two species.
 

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One of the white springtails in the hobby Folsomia candida is parthenogenic.

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