Also on a Thursday there will be live updates on Instagram and a #ThrowbackThursday video released at 9pm (all UK time)
During this period of self-isolation, sit back and chill with this relaxed video of Nephila pilipes using her silk to wrap up a small stick insect. Unfortunately, I injured the stick insect while changing its bramble and it couldn’t grip or walk properly – this is why I thought it best to feed to the Orb Weaver.
I have always wanted to have a free-roaming Orb Weaver – I may be mental but it makes me so happy and she is really interesting already. There will be a lot more updates on this lady coming asap.
I have been having a load of people ask about my “Spiders are Dicks” T-shirt so gauging interest on a run of 10.
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Aphonopelma chalcodes is a medium sized tarantula from North America
Description from http://www.thespidershop.co.uk
A nice big chunky Aphonopelma species that is blonde with a brown abdomen covered in reddish hairs. The colouration differs depending on locality, the Tucson locality has green looking femurs and brighter yellow on the carapace. They are not commonly seen in Europe as they are not often bred and can take up to 10 years to mature from Spiderling, they do however live for 20+ years.
Being a desert species they are very easy to care and have no delicate requirements and are as pullet proof as a Tarantula gets. They can be housed in simple terrestrial setup add something to hide under, a heat and a small bowl of water. They are slow moving and settle down quickly and though they make ideal pet spiders I reckon in a few years everyone will have one.
Nematodes V’s Phorid fly larvae – What they are and how to help
Thank you to Guy Tansley at Bugsnstuff https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=36&v=74BbVxq-218&feature=emb_logo nematode microscope
Photo: William Wergin and Richard Sayre/Wikimedia Commons https://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/what-are-nematodes
Description from http://www.thespidershop.co.uk
The colour of the this species varies depending on original locality. They vary from a beautiful bright orange colour to tan with a starburst pattern covering its body. It is very interesting in both its behaviour and habits. Not a beginners species but definitely one of those species you need to keep sooner or later. They do not require high humidity and can be kept on slightly moistened substrate with a water dish. They are best kept in a terrarium that is set up with both arboreal and terrestrial hides. If given enough substrate they may even dig a burrow. They are very heavy webber’s and will not only cover a dense layer of web over their retreat but also over the entire enclosure, establishing elaborate silken tunnels. Care needs to be given when moving them and maintaining the enclosure as they are very fast and will not hesitate to bite or escape.
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Guy Tansley (bugsnstuff) and myself talk spiders in the wild!
In this video I talk with my friend and colleague Guy Tansley from Bugsnstuff – https://www.youtube.com/user/giantspiderscom
Guy is a well respected, world-renowned arachnologist and adventurer and is the director of photography for Andrew Smiths “Lovetaranatulas”- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNMrkzNiptYbBNe8gszETVg
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.
“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.
So I’ve received a spider today for next year’s breeding projects…
You will need to wait until the end of the video to find out what it is…. its a good one. I promise.
It’s now been six months after pairing the monster in my collection – “The Burgundy Goliath” or Theraphosa stirmi.
I was expecting something to happen by now or at least some indication that she is gravid and preparing herself for eggsac production ie moving earth around or heavy webbing. So far, nothing. It’s time to take matters into my own hands and start making changes to her environment that may spur her on to drop.
In a very “off the cuff” episode from the YouTube channel, you can find out what I’ll be doing and how I’ll go about it.