Incredible footage of the GIANT ORB WEAVER wrapping up her prey in silk

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.

Cleaning The Singapore Blue Tarantula enclosure (Omothymus violaceopes)

Description by http://www.thespidershop.co.uk

One of the most beautiful arboreal Tarantulas available. In you can imagine a 20cm+ metallic purple / blue spider with long red hairs and pink toes you nearly there! There appears to be a very low ratio of females to males in egg sacks (1 female to every 5 males so I have been told) so females are hard to come by. I have yet to see a photograph do this species justice, we tried for hours but never really got a perfect match, the photos just don’t seem to capture the purple only the blue. This species needs to be kept in a relatively large arboreal set up with vertical hides. They also like quite dark enclosures. Spiderlings tend to burrow until bigger. This species is a must for all arboreal and Asian keepers or anyone who just likes stunning spiders!

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Nematodes V’s Phorid fly larvae – What they are and how to help

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

An interview with a #spidermonk

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

Super surprise eggsac (Orphnaecus sp.”Negros”)

This was a total surprise. I have not paired this female so the sac may be infertile – what we call a phantom eggsac. BUT, the spider is wild caught so there is still a small chance it may be viable.

This is the best bit of spider news I’ve had this year as these spiders are not kept commonly in the hobby, they are pretty rare. If this is a viable eggsac AND they make it to spiderlings, I’ll most probably keep all the offspring or sell just a handful.

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.

Lyrognathus gianniopositoi (Asian Stout Leg)

This is probably my favourite dwarf species at the moment. There have been a few females available over the years but I have personally never seen a mature male in the flesh.

Those that watch the channel will remember that I was given these by Lee from http://www.thespidershop.co.uk with the plan to breed them in the future – I didn’t expect a male to mature so fast. There are another two unsexed spiders here that may be worth a punt pairing up (if female) but I’m thinking my best bet to get an adult female with be at the BTS exhibition in a few weeks.

In the meantime, have a look at this weeks video of when I found the male – the excitement is real.

BTS expo 2019 (British Tarantula Society) 19th May

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

“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.

Not another tarantula unboxing video…

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.

Episode 2 – “The Dummies Guide to Rhino Beetles” with Questions

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tbpcr-9f10ff

Thanks to Dan Cousin for sending in questions – here is the link to his youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/KuzenCPFC

predatororpreyonline YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/predatororpreyonline

Email your questions to rhinoandstagbeetles@outlook.com

Eastern Invert Show- Bedford 16th September

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

Gar’s Holy Grail Spider – Ornithoctoninae sp “Kalimantan”

I first came into contact with a possible relative to this species over nine years ago. They came in a large shipment from Borneo and were then labelled as Ornithoctoninae G. sp. “Orange Fringe”. Sometimes as Haplopelma doriae but this was unconfirmed.

My last experience with them was in 2013 when I got my hands on a 1.2 trio (Two females and one male) The smallest female with a 16cm diagonal legspan died promptly from unknown reasons after laying an eggsack – the eggsack then went bad soon after.

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It has been a personal mission to breed this species ever since. I know of only a few successful eggsacks.

While checking The Spider Shop’s website (as I do most days when bored) and noticed a post for sub adults at £69 each, I messaged my friend Lee Arden (Owner of TSS) immediately to secure a pair. I have no idea if there will be any males in the shipment but I am travelling back over to TSS HQ to rummage through the new arrivals and attempt to pick a male out for myself – this may prove very difficult as they are one of the most defensive species in the world …. absolute beasts that will test anyone’s bottle.

To say that I am excited is an understatement – I thought that I’d missed my chance and that I may never have seen another again.  I will be thoroughly documenting this species on the YouTube channel and on here.

BTS lectures are fast approaching

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.

YouTube Update…

So for the last few months, I have been concentrating on the predatororprey.online YouTube channel. It’s been going OK so far, we are increasing our subscribers and getting some decent vid views for a small startup channel.

Getting close to the 100 subs and 10,000 views that I aimed to get by the end of 2017, it is a lot harder than I expected it to be, to be honest, and I did expect the channel to take off a bit quicker than it is. That being said my editing and video skills are improving and content is having some positive feedback. I have a good idea on what equipment I need to improve even further and I feel like it will all click soon.

I get my best views when I run a small competition to win some spiders so I published my second comp vid today.

Here’s my latest video for a reference

Spider Chat on Skype (No Sales)

I am fed up of being limited by what you can do with facebook messenger – either it lags or you are unable to establish a stable connection.

I miss the old days of spider chat rooms like the T store so I decided to create an open Skype group for swapping tips, tricks, knowledge and resources.skype pic

Anyone can add themselves to the group and chat about anything spider related – only one rule – spammers or sales posts will be removed asap. By all means add a link to where you are selling a spider if there is interest.

Here’s the link :

https://join.skype.com/gSgYcBemnncT