the gryllus

VOLUME 19 EXTRAS! (PART TWO)

Last part of the extras! They’re only characthers profiles but, to be honest, those are one of my fave things. Also, thaks to them we can confirm that Lizzie and Tohei are a couple for real, just in case any of you were wondering.

Name: Kyo Hyuga (Japan)
Age: 20
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Base: Western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)

Favourite food:Umeboshhi adn anything that mixes well with rice
Hates: Erotic novels in wich the climax is too sudden
Eye colour: Black: / Blood group: A
DOB: September 21 (Virgo)
What he prefers the most in aquariums: When the manager is around and offer to give some explanations.

Son of a  bureaucrat and a University teacher, he has always received an exceptional education. Ay high school he was forced to Join the Rugby club, in which he was scrum-half, but he never got along with his team and it wasn’t strong. It was going to go to University but he run away from home and joined First Cutody with Tatsuhiro. he listens to AM radio.


Name: Tatsuhiro Someya (Japan) (Yeap, there’s a printing error in the volume)
Age: 20
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 165 kg
Japan Ranking: 2

Favourite food: roasted beef and guts in a  questionable cooked condition.
Hates: Combini that doesn’t have the Champion magazine
Eye colour: Light brown / Blood group: B
DOB: August 8 (Leo)
What he prefers the most in aquariums: When he worries about the rock that spent all time underwater

His father was Fijian and  his mother Russian-Chinese but their citizenship was denied as well as Tatsuhiro’s custody. He was adopted by and old couple from Saitama. At high school he played rugby and he managed to get a position in a very elitist centre. However as he tend to get sick and his asthma worsened he had to abandon the sport and go to a public school. He listens radio in FM and hater people who feel special for listening it in AM. He  straightens his hair. He was in 8th position before. 



Name: Jochi Hongo (Japan)
Age: 26
Height: 180 cm
Weight:82 kg
Base: Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria)
Japan ranking: 6

Favourite food: dry fish, miso soup
Hates: rugby clubs that do not level the field after raining
Eye colour: black/ Blood group: AB
DOB: December 29 (Capricorn)
What he prefers the most in aquariums: Thay they let you touch sea cucumbers and other animals

His parents were an office worker and a stay at home mom. He had good grades and was great at soccer so he was quite popular among girls. He wasn’t very talkative and looked really serious so even when a girl declared herself to him after about three dates he would stop recieving more invitations. He kept his distance with women, his sister included, because he considered them as  capricious.

As he has always lived in a small flat, his dream is to live in the country in a huge house and with a big dog. He’s able to play in any position but as he doesn’t like recieving indications he prefers being on the front. 

Name: Sho Saito (Japan)
Age:21
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Base:  Mediterranean field cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus)

Favourite food:Karaage
Hates: Maths
Eye colour: Dark / Blood group: 0
DOB: November 24 (Sagittarius )
Favourite classic: Analects of Confucius

He changed schools several times in primary and when he was in 4th grade he met Akari. After finishing basi education he started working for a while but when the medical costs of his mother started to accumulate he started working illegally and became a gang member. In a few years he became the boss of a criminal gang in Tokyo. He learnt English, Chinese and Spanish, which are the languages that his clients and subordinates use. He’s not good studying but he’s great collaborating with people. His target women include from his age to 20 years older than him. 



Name: Tohei Tachibana (Japan)
Age: 19
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 64 kg
Base: Rat

Favourite food: Rice with egg
Hates: Tough steak
Eye colour: brown
DOB: July 7 (cancer)

He’s a genius that reached University at 17, passed all the subjest of 4 years in one and specialized in  aerospace engineering and IT systems. His skill with compures are high level.  His dream is to become an astronaut and his second dan in karate.

His parents passed aways when he was a kid and was raised in a orphanage that was destroyed because of a fire.  He sold himself to U-NASA to get money to rebuild it, he doesn’t regret it.

His recent worry is that his romantic partner has become more “agressive”


Name: Elizabeth Rony
Age: 19
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 52 kg
Base: Domestic cat

Favourite food: not too tender steaks
Hates: rice with raw eggs
Eye colour: Blue / Blood group: B
DOB: May 5 (taurus)
Boxer she admires: Keiji Onizuka

Former Bantamweight champion in the boxing nationals from USA in high school. At 16 she killed her opponent and sold herself to U-NASA to pay the compensantion and as a punishment. She doesn’t regret it at all.

Her most recent worry is that her romantic partner does not make any kind of advance even when she’s looking for him.

Tohei you fucking chicken! Dumbshit virgin!WHAT?! MY CUP? E, any problem?

+6*-9 (I’m gonna leave this as a reminder of what implies trying to write when living with a kitten)

Feeder insects for hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are omnivorous animals by nature but most of their diet consists of insects. While they’re not going to die if you don’t feed them insects, I personally think it’s an important part of their diet given their menu in the wild. And most hedgehogs absolutely love them! Some hedgehogs just won’t eat insects, but don’t give up when your hedgie ignores them the first couple of times. It can take up to a few weeks and several tries (or even longer) before they get they’re edible, especially when they are not used to it - but once they’ve tried them, they’ll go nuts for it!
Some hedgehogs don’t like taking new treats straight from you. Leave the insects in their food bowl during the night instead.
I never feed insects straight from my hands; I leave them in their bowls or use tweezers for the sake of my fingers. You don’t want your hedgie accidentally chomping down on you in their enthusiasm!

Live, freeze dried or canned?
Some people don’t like squirmy bugs but live insects are definitely the best option, so your hedgehog could be a good excuse to overcome your fear! They are more nutritious since you can gut load them before feeding, and they’re fresh. Freeze dried insects like mealworms can cause constipation, so feed them in moderation.

Store bought or wild caught?
It is not recommended to feed wild caught insects to your hedgehog. These can contain parasites and pesticides. You can buy live insects in lots of pet stores and there are webshops who sell them online.
Breeding your own insects is cheaper and not that hard (with most species). You can find lots of caresheets and tips online!
Take good care of your insects and give them enough food and water before feeding them to your hedgehog. Otherwise it’s just an empty snack.

Suitable feeder insects
Here are some common (and less common) feeder insects with pictures.

Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor, on the right) and superworm (Zophobas morio)

Probably one of the most well-known feeder insects, mealworms are easy to keep and easy to breed. If you don’t want them to pupate it’s best to keep them refrigerated. This will slow down their metabolism. It’s very easy to breed your own mealworms if you keep them at room temperature. Hedgehogs can eat the pupae and beetles as well.
Superworms look like giant mealworms and are harder to breed since they are less likely to pupate. Some people cut off the head before feeding them since they have pretty strong jaws.
Both mealworms and superworms are quite high in fat so if your hedgehog has trouble staying slim you shouldn’t feed too many meal/superworms.

House cricket (Acheta domesticus)

Another common feeder insect. This one is a great treat for hedgehogs since they are low in fat and most hedgehogs love hunting for crickets. They are easy to keep and easy to breed (at room temperature, or slightly higher). Crickets can be quite noisy!
They are available in different sizes so they are suitable for young hedgehogs as well.

Jamaican Field cricket and Black field cricket (Gryllus assimilis/Gryllus bimaculatus)

About the same size as the house cricket, but they are not so fast and jumpy. While assimilis is a pretty silent cricket, bimaculatus has one of the loudest calls.
They need higher temperatures in order to breed.

Both crickets in the pictures above are young ones.

Dubia roach (Blaptica dubia)

Probably the best feeder insect for hedgehogs together with crickets since they are low in fat. The Dubia roach is a tropical roach (so if they escape their enclosure they won’t survive) and needs to be kept at a minimum of 68 F. It should be warmer if you want them to breed. They breed pretty easily, don’t smell and make no sound. They can’t climb either so it’s hard for them to escape if you keep them in a glass tank or plastic tub.

Desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria)

A big insect, low in fat so suitable for every hedgehog although they are too big for young ones. They are quite hard to breed, need higher temperatures and it can be harder to gut load them since they only eat grass and plants.

Waxworm (Galleria mellonella)

These are the larvae of the Greater wax moth. They are high in fat and should be fed as an occasional treat only. You can keep them at room temperature or in the refrigerator so they don’t pupate.

Phoenix worm/calcium worm (Hermetia illucens)

There are several names for the larvae of the Black soldier fly but the most common one seems to be “Phoenix worm”. They are very rich in calcium and not too high in fat (somewhere in between crickets and mealworms). They also contain high levels of lauric acid, which is known to kill viruses and bacteria. These larvae are suitable for every hedgehog and a great option for smaller hedgies who need a low fat treat.

Butterworm (Chilecomadia moorei)

These “worms” are actually the larvae of the moth Chilecomadia moorei. They have a bit of a fruity/buttery scent, hence the name.
Since these moths are considered a pest outside their native Chile, the larvae are irradiated before being exported so they cannot grow into moths and breed. They’re best kept refrigerated.
These larvae are high in fat and should only be fed as an occasional treat.

Sun beetle (Pachnoda marginata peregrina)

The larvae of the sun beetle are quite big and really high in fat. They should only be fed as an occasional treat - it’s like giving your hedgehog a big bag of fries.
The beetles they turn into cannot be fed since they excrete a nasty tasting fluid when threatened, but they can be kept as pets and are easy to care for and very pretty! They need higher temperatures to breed and pupate.
They have strong jaws so it might be good to cut off the head before feeding them to your hedgehog.

Dendrobena (Dendrobena veneta)

Mainly used as a composting worm and as fishing bait, they should be kept at (low) room temperature. They’re low in fat and soft, so they make a nice treat next to insects like crickets and roaches.