A box of bonkers from “The Invertabarian”

I wanna thank Adam for sending me a gift, this week. Cheered me up no end. Please head over to Adam’s channel and drop a subscribe. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFy4wvAKQcIxgCytD7uqtVA

I will most definitely be sending up a box of ArachnoTube nonsense to you soon.

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

Incredible footage of a GOLIATH BIRDEATER tarantula shedding it’s skin (Theraphosa stirmi moult)

Incredible footage of a GOLIATH BIRDEATER tarantula shedding it’s skin (Theraphosa stirmi moult)

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

This species is a real monster, it is a giant, robust, heavy bodied, fast and powerful Spider. This is probably the most popular species in the Hobby. Uniformly dark brown in body colour covered with dense short setae (hair) which gives it a beautiful suede appearance. There are also some longish reddish hairs on the abdomen and legs. It is interested to observe the changes of coloration of this giant from moult to moult as it can vary from jet black to pale orange. In wild it inhabits very moist (even swamp) deep rainforests where it lives in deep burrows. They feed on any capable sized prey: insects, small mammals, frogs, lizards and has also been recorded to feed on lethal venomous snakes (West, 1992). In captivity it needs a very ample terrarium with a thick layer of humid substrate. and a big water bowl for drinking. Regular misting of the terrarium provides an increased humidity which is critical for this species. It readily utilizes artificial retreats and you can also decorate the enclosure with artificial plants. This species doesn’t spin much web. In spite of the this Tarantula often being bred as spiderlings it is very hard to breed. The mating is usually successful but females do not produce the eggsacks, or if they do the eggs are often infertile. Eggsacks usually contain less than 100 eggs but the offspring are rather large and around 2cm. There are a few points about this unique species a potential keeper must bear in mind. Humidity is important to this species and require regular misting, however it also important to have good ventilation so that the enclosure does not get stagnant as this can also be harmful. This species is a voracious eater and fast grower – it can eat and eat and eat and eat…. until the abdomen looks fit to burst, so try not to overfeed it to much. This species also has urticating hairs (type III) which are considered the nastiest among tarantula fauna and can cause serious irritation to the skin. Just the slightest movement of one rear leg rubbing against the abdomen of the is monster raises a whole cloud of this hair. It is also not a docile pet, they have 1.5 – 2cm fangs and can strike a very painful bite. When this monster is distributed it will stridulate which is a hissing sound let you know it is annoyed.

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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

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.

The British Tarantula Society expo 2019 – what a mental weekend

If you are debating going to one of these shows or missed this years expo.. check out these vids. Crazy times!

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.

The #1 top spider I’ve been waiting to add to my collection

Here they are, BIG thank you to Lee at http://www.thespidershop.co.uk for sorting me out with these bad boys. They are also bonkers! Haha checknout the vid now below or on my YouTube channel.

Centipedes anyone?

I have been given baby centipedes – Scolopendra subspinipes. They freak me out a little bit BUT they are so cute at this size.

Thank you to Gav at “Valleys Tarantulas” for coming to visit and for the awesome gift. Here is his video of separating the babies from mum

“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.

Theraphosa stirmi (trying to get her to lay an eggsac)

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.

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

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Email your questions to rhinoandstagbeetles@outlook.com

Saturday Update 03/11/2018

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-x3gey-9e287d

There are things brewing – through drunken Ebay purchases I seem to be about to receive a mobile podcasting studio haha….. oh yeah, I’m in the bath in this update

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.

Pterinopelma sazimai update

I noticed something happening out of the corner of my eye while editing Fridays video. Our Pterinopelma sazimai has now laid her first section of web in the bowl shape for eggsack construction.
This is the first eggsack I’ve ever had from this species so I am quite excited (as you would imagine)
I have all my fingers and toes crossed for a decent sack.
I will feature her on a full upcoming video but I just had to film a small one and share it with you guys!

The girl done good.

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