The annual BTS exhibition will be on us again very soon – 19th of May to be exact. This year we are most definitely attending, the hotel is booked and the time off work requested.
I will be doing a kind of diary vlog of the three days (preparation day, night before shenanigans and then the exhibition)…Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I’m also going to try to live stream some of the tables and vendors in the main hall – your favourite YouTubers too.
Hype is building and the vendor spaces are all but full, it’s shaping up to be the best ever.
What are you looking out for? New species? Weird bugs? That one that got away so many times before?
I will be on the hunt for pairs of Poecilotheria species and groups of Selenocosmia but I’m sure there will be a few things that I can’t walk away from once seeing them in the flesh.
I plan to show some of my spiders in the “Spider Crufts” competition. In fact, I plan to enter something in nearly every category. The categories are as follows:
- Best Brachypelma
- Best New World Terrestrial
- Best New World Arboreal
- Best African
- Best Asian Terrestrial
- Best Asian Arboreal
- Best Scorpion
Remember the competition isn’t only about the animals, there is a photography and Art group too. You will need to be a BTS member to enter but you can always join on the day at the BTS stand.
Please head over to http://exhibition.thebts.co.uk/ for all the proper info and announcements
“Tiny” The Worlds Biggest Tarantula Genus (Theraphosa) Making her EGGSAC! by predatororpreyonline
You’ve just watched our Goliath Birdeater Tarantula (Theraphosa stirmi) making her eggsac. It took over 28 hours of recording, speeded up x100 to make the last portion of this video.
It is a youtube first for this species and was totally nerve-wracking.
She was mated on May 1st 2018 so It’s now over 8 months.
This week I received my Christmas pressies from my fiance Claire, a large order from Lee and the gang at The Spider Shop UK.
We had to get them this early as the weather in Wales is going to turn bad over the next two weeks…. and you can’t exactly wrap tarantulas to put under the tree.
I made the most and stretched the one box into three videos for the channel –
I seem to have a lot going on at the moment, we’re moving house again and moving the inverts into a new spider room. This is a big task but I’m feeling better about the new room.. it’s even better than the room I have now – laminate flooring so no mess on the carpet. Space may be an issue as it’s either the same size as the present one or even a little smaller (I have a lot of projects coming up)
This week I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favourite YouTubers.
Adam “The Invertabarian”
Absolute gent and I had a blast. Please go check out his channel if you get the chance, but in the meantime here is what happened…
You can also see my video here…
As the title suggests there is a tarantula and invertebrate exhibition this Sunday 16th September in Bedford.
It will be one of the largest shows in the UK (definitely biggest this year)
All the details can be found on the invert shows UK Facebook page or watch the video below
The Bristol invert show is one month away and excitement is building. This is a very well organised exhibition on the outskirts of Bristol, making it only 90mins drive door to door.
I will be heading over early to get some filming done – I’ve been given a traders pass from Lee @ thespidershop and have to make sure I concentrate and don’t get too distracted by the spiders/traders, to begin with.
I will be there all day until close so please come say hello, if you spot me. I’m not as miserable as my face would show.
I will be keeping my eye open for some weird bits and bobs – I fancy some true spiders and some scorpions… maybe even a couple of tailless whips.
Very proud to announce and show the new logo – I much prefer this new one. Nice and simple…. having too much going on can be overpowering and confusing. I think this one will look great on one of my trucker caps.
The annual British Tarantula Society lectures, held at the Aztec hotel in Bristol, are fast approaching and I am starting to get excited. The 10th of March can’t come quick enough.
If you have never been (or never knew it happened) I can honestly say that it is the best tarantula event of the year, second only to the BTS expo in May.
Last year was a good one in particular – I thoroughly enjoyed Richard Gallon’s lecture on theraphosid taxonomy (I know, not for everyone) and Guy/Paul’s lecture on documenting tarantula spiders in the field.
The after lecture dinner was broken up by Andrew Smith documentary on the history of the BTS and it was fun seeing the pics of expo’s past…. even if I did pop up in a couple of them and cringe (it’s never good seeing yourself on film from nearly a decade ago)
I will post a full review of this year’s lecture once I get home and my hangover has passed.