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.
So I thought I’d be a clever bugger and pair up three different species in the same night (after midnight)
I was especially keen to get the Davus pentaloris project started to get a time under my belt – me and Martin from “The Tarantula Cave” have a competition going to see who’s male Davus is the bigger stud muffin. Rules are simple, time starts when the male enters the enclosure and touches the substrate and quickest time to get at the female and connect.
Totally underestimated how long this would take. I heard from Martin that his was long…… BUT after 3 hours I gave up. Looks like I’ll have to try again soon for a better time.
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 New World Terrestrial
Best New World Arboreal
Best Asian Terrestrial
Best Asian Arboreal
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.