Arboreal Ornithoctoninae REVISION – get your pens out

The revised taxonomic placement of some arboreal Ornithoctoninae Pocock, 1895 with description of a new species of Omothymus Thorell, 1891 (Araneae: Theraphosidae) The revised taxonomic placement of some arboreal Ornithoctoninae Pocock, 1895 with description of a new species of Omothymus Thorell, 1891 (Araneae: Theraphosidae) The revised taxonomic placement of some arboreal Ornithoctoninae Pocock, 1895 with description of a new species of Omothymus Thorell, 1891 (Araneae: Theraphosidae)

Apache Chilli (Capsicum annuum) picking off first pod for next years seeds

Capsicum annuum or the Apache Chilli is a very sturdy plant with a high yield. This year I selected a test plant from B&Q just to see how well they do in my greenhouse… the answer is very well indeed.

I’ve set up a second YouTube channel ready for documenting the growth, harvest and chilli sauce making processes. Next year will be full on – greenhouse full of chilli plants. I have started my seed collection that includes some really wicked hot species.

Please check out the youtube channel – I’ll be setting up a website very soon in preparation.

I have found a love for growing plants. I may just be getting old or it was always there lurking. We will see.

Reaction to EXOTICS LAIR Thailand black rehousing!

I’ve been sitting on this video weighing up the pros and cons of releasing it. I thought about turning off comments/likes/dislikes BUT decided against it. There is no doubt that Exotics Lair is an entertainer and a hugely successful YouTuber – I have a very strong opinion with channels exploiting the animals for views INSTEAD of showcasing how amazing they can be. We as keepers/hobbyists have a responsibility to give our spiders appropriate conditions to “feel” secure and thrive. The water dish series is a prime example.

REACTION to TARANTULA bite vid (Orange Baboon Tarantula)

So every now and then a video will keep popping up in my social media feeds and over the years become extremely difficult to ignore any longer. This is one of of them. A young chap apparently getting bitten by different species of tarantula for “research” purposes…. what a crock of shite!

This spider, Pterinochilus murinus, is a defensive “old world” Theraphosid spider found in central, eastern and southern Africa and is affectionately known as the OBT or Orange Bitey Thing.