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This is the invertebrate general. If you have any questions about invertebrates, want to look into owning one or more, or want to simply discuss them, this is the thread to do so, whether it's
>Tarantulas and other spiders
>Myriapods
>Mollusks
>Crustaceans
>Insects
>Or anything without a backbone

Feel free to post it.

Resources/help and information
>ID/General Info
https://bugguide.net
https://www.keepinginsects.com/
>Tarantulas
https://tomsbigspiders.wordpress.com/beginner-guides/
http://www.theraphosidae.be/en
>Ants
https://www.antwiki.org
>Mantids
http://www.mantisonline.eu/index.php?lan=en
>Phasmids
http://www.phasmatodea.com/
>Triops
https://mytriops.com/
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This is Hector
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>>3543898
What kind of crab is hector?
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One of my spiders just died.
He must have been an old spider as I've had him for months as fully mature
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>>3543771
That is a neat looking insect
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>>3543963
He's a panther crab
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>>3543973
Looks female, but probably old age based on your description.
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>>3544098
Definitely make
Big clubs. Corkscrews.

My guess is over a year old.
Caught in July. Fully grown
Fuck motorola
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>>3544107
*Male
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>>3543771
I have a question.
What is that?
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>>3544119
Apparently an ant
>Cephalotes
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>>3544119
A phragmotic major worker of Cephalotes varians
https://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Phragmosis
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>>3543771
I've already tried googling this but the answers didn't really make sense. If any of you guys keep garden snails or other land snails, assuming you're changing the substrate, do they stink?
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>>3543973
I hope I get to die in such a dignified posture
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>>3544704
The snails themselves don't produce a smell. Their need for a high humidity environment may cause some substrates to start smelling, but if you regularly change it and always remove old food before it's rotting there shouldn't be much of a problem, especially if you're just keeping little garden snails. A group of Achatina sp. could probably pile up a lot of shit quickly, needing frequent cleaning.
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>>3544731
Yeah cool, I was just going to get a few garden snails but I'm in a rental place that doesn't allow most big pets, didn't want to stink the place out. Thanks.
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Enjoying an apple
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>>3544119
The name of the thing was in both the file name and the thread title.
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Has anyone ever seen a Sowbug/Woodlouse/Rolly Polly/ect ect that is black with a tan stripe in the middle (Across it's body short-ways).

I swear it's a carpet beetle larva, my landlord claims its a sowbug (My apartment has massive sowbug issues as they have a shitty ex-garden outside my apartment and my walls have more cracks than a windshield in a car crash. I didn't get a usable picture as my phone is like 10 years old

>Not really hairy as far as I can tell
>About as big as a grain of rice
>Didn't roll up when it died.

I am concerned I have carpet beetles (My apartment is kinda dusty because I swear it gets dusty in days) but I vacuum twice a week and try and dust what I can. I went around the apartment and checked the corners/near the baseboards and I can't find any of them (Except the 1 I see on my wall every like week or two), and didn't find anything that looked like poo or casings. I kind of wonder if they are coming in from a different apartment. There isn't much to even eat in my apartment as all my clothes/sheets/ect are Walmart/K-Mart/Big Lots shit as I am a poorfag.
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>>3545032
Not him but phragmosis isn't just for ants
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>>3545041
>Not really hairy as far as I can tell
Definitely not a carpet beetle larva then
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>>3545065
Wonder what the fuck it is then. Maybe if I see another I will get someone to take a picture so I can post it.
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>>3545078
See if you can get a pic
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Just placed an order on pic related: Mexican Rose Grey Tarantula.

This is going to be my first pet ever. Wish me luck. I was going to get a Mexican Red Knee but apparently these are faster growers, and I like the way they look as spiderlings a little better. Also I watched a few videos of people handling these in the wild and they look chill as fuck and generally really cool to look at.
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>>3545091
Careful handling
Even small drops are often fatal
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>>3544528
Damn that's really neat, they block entrances with their bodyparts
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>>3545340
Pretty fucking dystopian too. Your job in the colony is to be a door.
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>>3545091
>people handling these
Just keep in mind, a tarantula can't be tamed, and you always run the risk of being bitten, however low it is. So just be a bit careful, and let it crawl onto your hand, don't do the mantis pick-up by sliding your hand under it.
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>>3543898
tell hector he's based
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>>3545091
>>3545701
this
and (most) new world T's are gonna kick urticating hair rather than biting defensively. My curly hair is a big one for kicking hair at the slightest annoyance, some Ts are more chill. Watch your breathing around that shit, makes sense to wear a mask while handling (if you do handle them) since we've all got one laying around these days.
Just fed my D. diamantinensis (brazilian dwarf blue beauty, one of the few new world T's without urticating hairs) and she's doing a thing where she scurries to a position, pauses, then repeats, carrying her cricket around in her mandibles. It's pretty cute.
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>>3545781
>mandibles
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>>3545810
lol ya got me, chelicerae. Just meant mandibles as in mouthparts but this is /invert/ and I should do better
she finally settled on a comfy spot though. This has gotta be my favorite display species, very active for a T and builds extensive web platforms and hammocks to hang out on.
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>>3545821
I haven't had a myg yet but your story reminded me of several of the captive and wild spiders I have. It is kind of cute when they move around carrying their prey, especially when they also twerk out some new webbing in the process. They just seem as close to "happy" as a spider can get waving their fat ass around making web after a meal.
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>>3545821
Captive grass spiders make impressive webs with all kinds of tubes, openings, pockets, and hammocks
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>>3545833
oh for sure, I just find D. diamantinensis to be the total package for a desk buddy. Pretty colors, small for a tarantula but that's still pretty big for a spider, regularly seen moving around in her enclosure, only hides out of sight when in molt, lots of web.
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>>3545835
Sounds good. Can you interact at all?

>Araneus after a meal and a drink
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Are common Armadillidiidae found in my backyard safe to keep as pets? Do I have to worry about parasites or diseases of the sort? Secondly, would the same be for Springtails?
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>>3545989
I don't. They're very darty when they want to be, and without urticating hairs they're a little more likely to bite. It's one of those things that'd go OK till it didn't and you have a tarantula small enough to fit into hard-to-reach spots sprinting around the room.
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>>3546007
How about interaction without trying to hold it? Hand feeding or watering for example?

>TFW your wolf spider gets so used to you watering her that she grabs the dropper and climbs on
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>>3545999
it's generally fine, I like to be safe and put them in clean substrate rather than collected soil, and clean the leaf litter I give them. Then give them a few months to reproduce before putting them in with my other animals. Gives time for the sick ones to die off and hopefully purge any pesticides etc. before possibly putting them somewhere they could get ate or spread anything.
Biggest worry is pesticides, make sure you're not collecting them from a place that gets sprayed.
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>>3546017
thanks for the reply anon. what's a good amount to start a colony with? they're going to be in a twenty-gallon enclosure if that matters.
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>>3546019
20 is a great number start with, especially if you add outside stock from time to time. You can definitely work with less though.
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>>3546016
I tong-feed her, and she drinks from a sports drink bottle cap. Tarantulas are basically blind, and I don't wanna risk getting mistaken for prey and bit. D. diamantinensis has a pretty aggressive food response, kinda tackle their prey and pull it in for the bite. And they're so new (only described by science for like a decade) that I can't find any good info on venom potency, but assume it's a bit stronger than the usual new world T to make up for the lack of kickable hairs.
To me tarantulas are for caring for and looking at, and sight-hunting spiders are definitely better to interact with.
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>>3546026
Seems there are some advantages in dealing with spiders that can actually see
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>changing car battery
>stag beetle walks up and says hi
>take picture
>go to edit an upload picture
>file is corrupted, can’t even load it anymore
This shit is gay, Stag Beetles are pretty rare around here.
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Just applied for an entomology technician role for a summer research project on Symphyta (Order:Hymenoptera). Expecting to see the disappointing "we are sorry to let you know that your application has been declined" but fingers crossed. Any of you here have invert related jobs?
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>>3546026
Can metal tongs hurt tarantula fangs if they strike at it too hard?
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Gave my girl a new enclosure yesterday, the old one wasn't really satisfactory anymore.
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>>3547826
Already started to make a web, unfortunately underneath the lid, but oh well.
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>>3547827
Kinda happy with the enclosure.
Had a few interesting roots, clay and sand still flying around.
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>>3547830
Oh, Chromatopelma cyanopubescens btw.
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>A. Hentzi perfectly chill months before molts, ignores me whenever I fiddle around in her enclosure
>after molting and hardening starts posturing and slapping at me if I get close while cleaning bolus or changing water
>she flips personalities like this every molt
Anons did I buy a bipolar tarantula or something? My A.chalcodes is at least consistently defensive and I can always expect my A.metallica to be bolty or hyper food driven but the hentzi keeps giving me whiplash with these shifts. Pic is her this morning because I was picking up a bolus
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>>3547953
Huh, strange.
Certainly doesn't sound too convenient.
Still amazes me how even such comparetively simple animals like tarantulas can have what seems like a personality.
Never had sich a bipolar one though.
My Chromatopelma cyanopubescens and Eupalaestrus campestratus have so far been rather conistent, or only slightly changed as they aged.
The E. campestratus used to be super skittish as a tiny little sling, but now that she's bigger she's getting calmer.

That'd be about the best picture I currently have of her, gotta take a better one when I rehouse her.
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>>3547953
How big is the A. hentzi and it's enclosure btw?
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>>3547732
Not that anon but I wouldn't use metal myself.
Made my own tweezers out of some chopstick and use a paintbrush to nudge and coax my inverts around
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>>3547976
16 quart sterilite tub, leg span's about 3 1/2 to maybe 4 inches from tip to tip.
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>>3548045
Had to convert to metric, not too small.
Certainly noticably bigger than mine.
Guess my two are 2ish inches.

What are the dimensions of the tub?
Can't really work with the volume alone.
Is using the volume to give the size of a container common in the US?
Seen it quite a few time.
Here it's always length by width by hight, even in aquaristics.
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>>3548066
42.5 cm x 30.2 cm x 17.8 cm
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ordered my first spooder: Brachypelma Hamorii. I got the package deal which comes with a sling, an enclosure and some feeders. I already have an enclosure for when it grows to a juvenile as well as well as a huge bag of substrate. I researched the basics of caring for them, feeding them once a week, removing the food after 24 hours if its still there, misting them maybe once a week (I think this one likes it a bit dryer)

my two questions are this:
1)How long do I have to wait until its at least big enough to see? When will it grow past the size of a wolf spider? I'm getting a 1/2" sling. Will it just be a tiny little spider for a year or will it at least darken and look like a fatboi spider soon?

2)I keep hearing not to buy a heat lamp, but I keep my house really cold, below 66 degrees. Is this too cold for a Mexican spider? should I consider buying a small lamp just to keep it at 75 degrees. How would I go about doing that
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>>3548364
Use an undertank heater rigged to a good thermostat instead for heat, growth rate varies based on species, individual, and access to food. Better coloration comes as they mature as was the case for my A.hentzi and my late GBB male, give it maybe a year or two. Pray to the gods that you got a female instead of a male or you're in for sadness after a few years.
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>>3548364
>Will it just be a tiny little spider for a year or will it at least darken and look like a fatboi spider soon?
If you feed it enough it could hit adulthood in 4 years
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>>3543963
one heck of a crab
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>>3548219
Not bad, though perhaps a bit more hight could be good to accomodate for more diggable substrate or climbing space.
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My young Stagmatoptera binotata chowing down on a roach next to her future enclosure.
It's still in the works, gotta find a few suitable but alos nice looking branches and perhaps plant a few south american plants.
Even got myself some dried moss from south america for extra authenticity, even though it's from costa rica and not french guyana, but close enough.
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>>3549093
Hey, that looks like the same enclosure I use for my juvenile Ghost mantis, (might move it to a larger enclosure later, but it'll do for now) although I might remove the drain and some substrate later for more crawl space.
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>>3549093
Looking good! I wonder if it's gonna start changing colors within the next instars. All the pics of older Stagmatoptera nymphs seems to have them transition towards a green or yellow coloration as they grow to adulthood.

>>3549140
kek I use it too. It's nice for nymphs.
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>>3549164
You got that at "Mantis and more", right? that container is actually a modefied "Oslo" box from Plast team which usually cost ~8 euro. So you can actually save a bit if you want to cut the vent yourself. And stick some mesh to the lid.
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What invert should I get?
I want something tedious and aesthetic.
I don't think I want anything in the water though.
I own tarantulas, but they are such easy animals.
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>>3549697
Solifugid
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>>3549697
Tropical pedes perhaps
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>>3549701
Maybe.
>>3549704
does it require a specific temperature?
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>>3549722
>does it require a specific temperature
I assume specific temperature and humidity. Not sure since I keep araneomorph spiders
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>>3549727
Yeah really depends on the centipede though as long as they have good substrate for a burrow they're generally not too picky.
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>>3549727
Are there any araneomorphs that you recommend which live particularly long?
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>>3549742
Makes sense.

>>3549845
None really live too long. 1 or 2 years generally. I've read Tegenaria domestica females live up to 7 or 8 years but suspect that statement is based on flawed observation.
Phidippus regius females can apparently live up to 4 years if well cared for, assuming the youtuber Bob TheSpiderHunter wasn't pulling a fast one.
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>>3549140
Oh hey nice!
Got mine on a trip to the Netherlands with a friend.
Just couldn't resist.

>>3549164
Ay, really looking forward to that.
Wonder when it'll happen, got her in L2 or 3 and she molted twice now.

Also as kind of an honorable mention invertebrate-wise here are some Caridina pareparensis during feeding frenzy.
Turns out turtle food is shrimp food.
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Are springtails a good idea for tarantula enclosures? I'm setting up an enclosure for my first tarantula which is likely gonna be a Avicularia avicularia, and they seem to like higher humidity. I plan to get some cork bark for her to climb around on, so I thought a culture could help with keeping things clean.
And with a Canadian winter being around the corner, im going to be monitoring temperature before I get her. In case its needed, a heat map will still work fine for an arboreal tarantula or should I look into a light?
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>>3550676
Yes, absolutely include springtails.
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>>3543898
Showing off his big claw
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>>3550802
Stay away from my cave
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>>3547731
I work on Ixodids currently but have worked in labs dealing with Simuliidae and Culicids. Good luck on the application, friend! I've known a few people working on Braconids and Ichneumonids, their work is very interesting
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>>3550802
Seriously though what species is this?
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>>3550819
Parathelphusa pantherina, common name panther crab
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>>3543771
IT'S AN UGLY PLANET, A BUG PLANET
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>>3550960
Can we talk about that movie for a second? You want me to believe that some bugs fired rocks out of their asses at superluminal velocities and hit Buenos Aries?

I think bug rocks can't melt steel beams.
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>>3550966
bombardier beetles do that today on a much tinier scale
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>>3550971
I'm not saying they can't shoot rocks out of their asses, I'm saying they can't do it superluminally and accurately hit Buenos Aries without so much as terminal guidance.
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>>3550974
thats what the brainbugs are for
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>>3550979
You can't fool me, pizzagater
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>>3550814
>Braconids
Some scientists believe that because of the sheer diversity of parasitoids, there may be more species of hymenoptera than coleoptera. The long reign of beetles being hailed as the king of diversity might change if these autistic taxonomists are right.
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>>3551126
Springtails are cute.
Ofc I got my colony of tropical white springtails, but I recently found myself harboring some tiny native ones in my moss cups.
From what I could get with the abre eye they resemble the one on the pic quite a bit.
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Caterpillars are the true Chads
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQsERRqhI3M
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i love my grumpy gromphs
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>>3550132
>Got mine on a trip to the Netherlands
Damn, feels really bad (depending on where you are in the world), my local supermarket here in Denmark sells them. I guess it is Danish design, so it makes sense.

>>3549209:
>that container is actually a modefied "Oslo" box from Plast team which usually cost ~8 euro
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>TFW you spider's leg falls off
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>>3551915
Bad molts happen sometimes. If it's not a pattern don't worry, and if it is a pattern identify the problem rather than feeling bad.
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>>3551929
Oh no
She didn't molt.
It's a wolf spider I rescued this summer after sweeping her in leaves. She was pretty badly injured including one of her legs being mostly non-functional after it healed. She finally discarded it is all.
>Pic from the night before she popped it off
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>>3551973
Well that's probably for the best then.
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>>3551988
Yeah. Almost certainly.
She used to have some movement in the trochanter even though the rest of the leg was stiff but recently it appeared something finally gave out (valve?) And the leg was locked out and up.
Don't know how much longer she's got but I'll miss her when she's gone.
Her name is Sweeps
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>>3552010
The leg won't affect her lifespan in captivity if you feed her properly.
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>>3552022
Just saying
Caught her in june as an adult so she's probably nearing the end of her lifespan.
One of her median eyes appears to be non-functional so she has a little trouble catching prey sometimes but otherwise she eats okay. Keeping her hydrated is an issue as she loses moisture much quicker than she should. Have to water her at least twice a day. Still better than the first day I had her where I needed to water her every couple hours.
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>>3543771
I got some baby texas ground slugs hatching in a jar. All i got in there is a big decaying leaf and some mud should I put anything else in there for them to eat?
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Shrimp count, right?
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Why the FUCK are most cool scorpion and centipede species are banned in most Eu countries?
Meanwhile pitbulls and guard dogs are becoming more common.
Teeheheh you can't keep a scorpion but you can breed and sell dog breeds which can easily maul multiple people hehe
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>>3552602
>banned in most Eu countries?
What? Where the fuck do you live in Europe? You can get pretty much all inverts without any issues. If I felt like blowing a few hundred away I could order me S. gigantea and S. galapagoensis right now and get them shipped by the end of the week.
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>>3552605
H*ngary. Only a few species of scorpions can be kept. No scorpion species are allowed. The laws are strict, so if you happen to order a banned species online they can fine you, sentence you to prison, do a house search and confiscate all your animals.
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>>3552634
Meant centipede species. I am dumb. Those can not be kept.
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>>3552634
Just looked at Hungary's exotic pet laws. Worst I've ever seen in the EU. Just live somewhere else. Your English seems decent so that shouldn't be hard.
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Can ants see? I sort of thought maybe they must be able to because the males and queens can fly.

There's this ant colony in my bathroom, I used to encourage them by giving them little bottle capfuls with honey in them, but one day they launched their mating thing in the bathroom... there were hundreds of ants, and flying males and queens... I vacuumed them all up and then sprayed flyspray into the vacuum. Afterwards felt really bad when more came out over the next few hours and all the flying ones were sitting on the window... I could have just opened the window and they would have all flown out, while all the crawling ones would have retreated back into the walls.

Oh well. There were a couple of smaller mating rituals recently, I left the window open & they all disappeared within a few hours.
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>>3552815
Damn, my condolences.
Come to germany mate.
Sometimes I feel it's easier to get some Androctonus, Tityus or Buthus species than some rather harmless species.

>>3551778
Living in big G, so the netherlands weren't too far away.
Found them in some discounter for a few euros each. Was a pretty good catch I think.
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Should I be panicking as much as I am (a lot) over the fact I see about 1 Carpet Larvae a week on my wall? They are in 3 different places and are ranging between pinhead sized to maybe 10mm wide. I used to live in a slightly cluttered apartment but now it's fairly clean. I vacuum daily, but I have a shitty econovac from Walmart and there is absolutely no budget for a better one. (Ty COVID). Also live in an apartment that gets lots of critters from the outside (House Centipedes/Woodlice/Spiders) and my neighbors said "prepare to see lots of bugs" when I moved in.

I've searched all along the baseboards everywhere I can access (We have baseboard heating and the front panel is painted shut) and other than something that MAYBE was some poop (It was more likely just dust and flakes from my old PC chair that the faux leather was chipping off) I haven't found a casing or anything.

My apartment is free of hair other than some that is really dug into the baseboard that my vacuum may have missed, and it's not particularly dusty (You need a flashlight to see any unless I am missing somewhere). The only fault I have is they I use a laundry service and instead of having dressers I leave them in the bags.

My girlfriend claims I am being OCD as fuck but I am terrified of being the guy who caused an apartment infestation.

I told the landlord to put me on the pest control list but I don't think he told them my problem as the exterminator left a note that said "Sprayed the perimeter/try and capture a specimen of the pest" so they either didnt look or didnt find anything. I think I am overreacting but between COVID killing my mom/killing my job and my car dying I might be having a mental health breakdown.
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What spider is this? It seems to be the length of a brown recluse and kinda has the coloration, but there's no violin marker as far as I can tell.
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>>3553810
Are you the same guy we already told had not seen a carpet beetle larva based on your description of it?
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>>3554201
looks like a yellow sac spider
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>>3554260
No. The last one was too small to take a picture but I am almost certain that at least last weeks was a positive ID. That or somehow I have mutant sowbugs that are both tan and black.
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>>3554528
Hope ya can get them black and tans out.
Can't help ya though, only ever had to deal with some mites.
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>>3554549
Thanks anon. I think I need to step back because while it sucks I am having a meltdown over this, when its entirely possible they are from outside (Since nothing is flush with anything and I already get excess critters from outside)

I have like $250 squirreled away so if they keep coming I guess I will hire a professional cleaner to come in so that at least the onus isn't on me for "missing something" should it get worse
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>>3554528
There are quite a few possibilities other than carpet beetle larvae and strangely colored isopods, though I wouldn't rule out the latter just yet.
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>>3554955
>>3554549
>>3554260
Got a picture of one last night (Second in two days). Was pretty small (as referenced by the cracks in the wall paint) and moving slow as fuck so he may have been dying already

Exterminator was only here on Wednesday so it might just fluke. Really nothing else I can do than wash all my laundry this weekend and keep vacuuming and hope they are just getting in from the outside like the rest of the critters. Checked my mattress and my recliner and don't see any (nor do i think they are made of materials they eat)

Only place I can think they may be living that isn't under my floor/in the walls is inside the floorboard heaters, which I cannot get apart. If it persists I will talk to my landlord about it. It's weird to be seeing exactly 1 every time is different places. Some internet sites make seeing a few seem normal. Hell I may have had them last year and dismissed them as sowbugs since they like to get in from the garden.
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>>3555605
Yep, that's a carpet beetle larva
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>>3555853
Hoping between my continued daily vacumns and the pest control treatment they fuck off. I dont think I have anything they would damage (Some places say they eat cotton) but I feel disgusting having them in my apartment on top of the fucking spiders and sowbugs
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>>3555945
Spiders are bros, let them be and they'll eat your flies and beetles
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>>3555957
I try and let them and house centipedes survive as much as possible. I've been really lacking both so far this fall and these probably why I am having beetle issues.

Living in a terribly maintained apartment complex is a living hell
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>>3554201
Definitely a Cheiracanthium sac spider
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDOaE43jnOg
>that description
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I've been trying to feed my Brachypelma Hamorri for 2 days now. I got it on Wednesday, gave it about a day and a half to chill before even trying to feed it. Tried putting a pinhead cricket in the cage. The spider completely ignored it. The pinhead cricket was dead and smelled fucking awful so I imagine that's why. I bought a live cricket at petco, realized it would be a fair fight so I crushed its head. The spider kept staring at the cricket showing interest, but never went in for it. I woke up this morning and found this little bastard still twitching. The spider looks scared of it, maybe because it's larger than him.

What should I do? should I try cutting it up more? or just wait a few days and try feeding the spider again. I'm going to have to remove the cricket tonight because these fuckers smell.

The spider is definitely not in pre-molt. He's very active, moving around the enclosure all the time and even climbing the walls. Is he perhaps actually eating the cricket at night and I do not even notice it because he's so small?

I have some meal worms I'm going to try next.
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>>3556957
Some spiders just won't eat something they didn't kill and many won't go after anything much larger than itself.
Feed it something equal or smaller. Mealworms are good but same general size rule
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>>3556957
Abdomen looks pretty big there. Could be premolt.
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I need reference material for male praying mantis genitalia. I can't make heads or tails of anything on search engines.
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>>3557516
Here's a scan from my mantis book. Excuse the german.
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>>3557516
And some closeups from my male.
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Is putting a 2-3 inch Scolopendra dehaani in a 10-gallon too much?
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>>3557824
It'll get bigger, and they patrol pretty actively for food so oversizing really isn't much of an issue.
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>>3557926
Oh. I am just worried I won't find it when it is time to feed. Here's its enclosure, just misted.
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>>3557939
My point is that you don't need to find it at feeding time in order to feed it. It will find the food.

If you just want to see it eat then yes it could be a problem.
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>>3557955
If it can find its prey, then I won't be as worried when putting food in. Just want to be sure it will be able to eat.
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>>3557970
It will. Centipedes are very active hunters, unlike scorpions and tarantulas.
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>>3557684
>>3557686
Perfect, thank you very much.
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Do I REALLY need to go to the hospital if I'm bit by a black widow?
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>>3558484
You have a greater than 50% chance of not dying if you don't go, but it could save a lot of functionality and several years of lifespan if you do go.
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>>3558484
A Widow bite sucks but it's not usually a life ending event to get one. A red back however will fuck you five different flavors of up.
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>>3558705
The bigger question is not whether it will end your life but to what extent it will ruin your life if you do live.
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>>3558697
>>3558705
>>3558707
I was told spider bites are a huge meme and you only need to worry if you're a child or elderly regardless of species. What's going on here?
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>>3558710
>and you only need to worry if you're a child or elderly regardless of species
Well you probably won't die if you're not one of those, but that doesn't mean you won't regret not going to the hospital for the rest of your life. It's tarantula bites that are a meme.
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>>3558710
Please tell me you weren't bitten by a black widow 12 hours ago.
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>>3558718
>but that doesn't mean you won't regret not going to the hospital for the rest of your life
Why is that?
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>>3558721
local tissue damage mostly
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>>3558726
Pretty rare even among species with a reputation for necrotic bites and most such cases are likely not even sure to a spider bite to begin with
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What spider is this?
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>>3558928
It's a blurry recluse
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>>3558947
Ya I had to get really close. I didnt know those existed in New England
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>>3558710
I heard someone bitten by a six eyed sand spider lost an arm, and another died. There're a lot of life ruining events that fall short of dying.
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>>3558710
Spiders can mess you up but it's a select species. Less than 30 species out of nearly 50,000 of spider have a medically significant bite. If any of those live where you do you're almost certainly going to know. You might live where there are no dangerous spiders and so have heard bites are a meme
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I wish I had gotten a better pic.
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>>3558989
What are these spiders hunting or being hunted by that caused them to evolve venom that could cripple an organism so much larger than them as to be beyond their comprehension?
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>>3559277
Spiders are pretty fragile so potent venom is an advantage regardless.
And also some of the things in their realm are equally venomous like centipedes and wasps
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i am quite stoked. This is the first of my dubia colony to get his wings.
Not sure if any of the females have reached maturity, harder to tell at a glance with them. But they're all around the same size, so babies soon!
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Any ant bros here?
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Any of you guys keep tarantulas as pets?

Trying to decide which one I should buy, total newbie here btw

T. albopilosus
B. auratum
C. meridionalis
P. metallica
G. rosea
A. geniculata
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>>3559784
Of those I recommend Grammostola rosea or Brachypelma auratum if you're buying an adult or Tliltocatl albopilosus if you're buying a sling.

My reasoning there is that T albopilosus grows considerably faster than other two species.

Not actually sure what C meridionalis is. I recommend spelling out genus names that start with common letters the first time you use them. Poecilotheria Mertallica and Acanthoscuria geniculata are a little faster and touchier about keeping conditions, thought certainly not unreasonable to get if you feel confident.
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>>3557000
You think so? Looks normal size to me but what do I know. He ate the cricket after a almost a day. I gave him a meal worm today (2 days later), should I remove it and let him molt?
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>>3560446
I would
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>>3559792
What are safe practices for them? Im worried about their hairs getting into my skin or eyes, not sure if im allergic or something. How about venom?
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>>3550802
Handsome fella
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My spider just molted. Successful molt, but I’m wondering why it looks like he/she is scratching itself. It isn’t scratching the abdomen, so it isn’t laying hairs. Stretching out so the legs don’t harden in weird shapes? That’s the only thing I can think of.
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>>3560466
Are you talking about the flexing and whatnot spiders do after a molt?
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Spiden bros...
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Why would bees do this? Theres like a hundred of them inside my toilet (never happened before) none of them are flying and half of them are dead on the ground or just crawling around. Happened overnight, door wasnt open
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>>3560734
A colony was doing badly. The queen relocated in the hope of starting anew. Either it was too late or something else bad happened (possibly related to cleaning chemicals). You are watching the last dying gasps of a superorganism.
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He started eating his worm last night. Now he’s gettin fat. Should I take the worm away from him? Definitely looks like pre molt since his abdomen is shiny (right?) Don’t want to take it away from him if he’s nibbling in it periodically but don’t want his butt to pop either
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Spiders and moths and other things are popping up in my house plant
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>>3552577
> no spine
yep seems like an invert to me
nice shrimps anon
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>>3560671
I guess so. It looks like he’s reaching his legs underneath his body and making a scratching motion. I figured it was just stretching, just thought I’d double check
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>>3561001
Yeah.
They do that after molting.
I ASSUME they do it so they dry free with a full range of motion but I'm actually not sure
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when i set up my hissers i used leftover bits from other vivs and did a hydroton/lavarock bottom layer under a screen with ABG mix on top. Mostly to use them up since I didn't have anything else planned for a while - not necessary steps, but they make it harder to accidentally waterlog everything.
Then I'd occasionally not see a particular roach, and definitely felt like there were less than I had before. Worried they had escaped, till I noticed rocks scraping around far more than they should when I picked up the tub.
Turns out they and the isopods have been getting into the bottom layer, and the isopods especially had exploded in numbers down there. Doesn't come through in the pic, but lifting up the screen it was crawling with both orange and dalmatian P. scaber. Like, they're thriving more cleaning up roach shit than they are in my dedicated isopod cultures that actually get fed.
way to go lil guys
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>>3559183
wow howd you find him?
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I the past few days I saw seeing these fucking maggot like larvae crawling around. I think I found the source, but I'm still mad some dried goods of mine are ruined. Anyone know what insect species they belong to? A whole bunch of them were forming cocoons ready for the next stage.
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>>3562185
looks like meal moth/pantry moth caterpillars
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>>3562192

Fucking a. I can still remember a horrible infestation of them many years ago that needed gratuitous amounts of sticky traps and throwing out so much stored food before I no longer saw signs of them. Hopefully this is the last of them.
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Is this a young hobo spider? I only skimmed some stuff online about my area, and this is the closest looking to what's around here naturally
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>>3562278
looks like some kind of jumping spider to me
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>>3562278
yep, if this is it it's a zebra jumping spider. You in the UK?
they're harmless and adorable
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I've always held off on getting a mantis because their lifespan is so short and I'd just get terribly depressed once it died.
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mothm
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Does anyone know what these things are? What order or family even? Around 0.5mm. Pitfall samples.
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>>3562919
I'm thinking Hymenoptera. Baeus sp. looks pretty similar.
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My Roaches grow stronger.
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>>3563017
That looks about right. I thought it was a really weird and miniature looking Hymenopteran
Thanks a bunch.
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I just saw the most amazing thing... I was watching a ant while I was on the shitter, and then suddenly saw what I thought was another ant running in circles around it at very high speed. For a second I thought I'd gone a bit mental or was hallucinating, but then saw it was a tiny spider, only about twice the size of the ant, a type I'd seen around a bit... couldn't quite work them out, they scoot around in my kitchen and bathroom... running around the ant in circles, and the ant was moving less and less... it was wrapping it. Never seen or heard of anything like it before, if anyone knows more about this spider behaviour I'd be interested, it's amazing to watch. This is in Gisborne, New Zealand, which is a more northern hotter part of the country than where I'm from and I'd never seen these spiders before I moved here, and only saw one kill for the first time today. Like a jumping or hunting spider but actively using its web. Super cool. I'll add a photo if I can take one.
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>>3543771
ILL BE BACK IN A SEC SPONGEBOSS, IVE PREPARED YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL SPONGEBOSS

GRANDMA, YOUR COOKIES MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I HAVE A REALLY HUGE DICK
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>>3563017
>A wasp the size of a fucking dot.
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>>3561571
It's an old pic, but I think I saw it on the backyard water faucet? I moved it to some plants after I took the pic.

Here's a tiny grasshopper I found in our backyard as well.
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>>3563974
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>>3563939
that's pretty fuckin nuts
in Texas twin-flagged jumping spiders are everywhere, very small things. When they take on defenseless prey like flies they just pounce it, but when it's an ant they'll circle it to get an angle where they can jump in and bite while staying out of range of both the mandibles and the stinger. Pretty awesome tactics for a 7mm being.
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>>3543771
Hi, I'm >>3544704
who was asking about snails earlier, ended up getting a native species called Figuladra Lessoni. Here they are chilling on some lettuce.
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how often to feed red swamp crayfish?
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>>3563939
Ok I found one in the kitchen, and the one I saw in the bathroom was sill there beside the ant he tied up. This is the kitchen one
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>>3565496
This is the bathroom one. Any info appreciated. They are fucking cool in action, hopefully they'd be a video of it somewhere
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>>3545656
not a bad job for an ant really, low danger, low effort
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>>3565499
And this one's in the kitchen under a whispy sheet of silk that you can barely see, 1.4cm. What's he doing, how long will he be there for
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>>3564174
Nice, always good to see some more mollusks around. How many did you get?
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>>3565522
I'm not sure it's low-danger. You are literally the first thing in the way of a predator trying to get into the colony, and you're not stopping anything big.
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>>3565543
Just the one, I wanted to make sure they were staying happy and healthy before I started dealing with eggs/babies. Timmy looks cool, neat shell pattern - my little 'guy' is called Fibo.
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So I have a little wolf spider that set up shop next to my door. It's really cute but since it's now fall there aren't a lot of bugs out. I don't really know where to get spider food for it, or if they even make spider food. I threw a little chung of ground chicken in it's nest and I don't see it anymore so I assume that it took it back to it's hidy hole and is eating it. Are there any alternatives for spider food or where can I get some spider food?
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take a moment to appreciate how moths just vibrate their wings and run around when bothered.
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>>3567703
Spiders eat (usually) live insects.
Most pet shops ought to have basics like mealworms and crickets. Nicer shops usually have a wider variety of feeder insects. Ordering online is an option as well.

I feed my spiders mostly hydei fruit flies and occasionally mealworms. Wolf spiders are some of my favorites to keep as pets so far
>Sweeps the spider still lives
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>>3565499
These are wall spiders (Oecobius sp.)
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>>3543771
My mantis enclosure (30x30x45 exo terra) is starting to smell really bad, somewhere between acidic and very, very earthy. And I am not quite sure what makes it smell as bad as it does. I've been cleaning it earlier today, taking out dead plants and moss, along with a few fly corpses. I throw one in at-a-time, and then another when the mantis gets to it, doubt it's a maggot infestation.

A few facts:

>The substrate is coco fiber, it's pretty deep about 5-8 centimeters?
>There are a few decorations, like corkbark (put in as a partition for the substrate) and a mangrove root
>I water it with tap water (I live in Denmark, so it's a little heavy, but not chlorinated, house plants do fine on it, moss doesn't
>I recently (three weeks or so) put in a background with aquarium silicone, maybe it's the vinegar escaping?
>Plants are doing very well, have a few ivys and a polka dot plant, though the fern seems to be dying off, maybe it's related?
>I mist the enclosure, but there isn't any water buildup in the false bottom, though it looks like there is less than a milimeter of water at the back
>There is a small colony of springtails as clean-up, but it's probably still very small compared to the enclosure

I am really not sure what to do from here, I've tried to dry it out a bit. Didn't really help. I'll hold off from watering it until the air humidity reaches 40-45 %, which is my appartments normal levels. It came pretty sudden too, probably over 3-4 days?

Any help would be appreciated!
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>>3569709
Definitely add isopods (and leaf litter if you don't have any already). It'll help a lot.
Coco fiber doesn't drain well and will stagnate very easily. Go with an ABG style recipe for damp enclosures. The recipe I go for is: 1 part milled peat, 1 part milled sphag moss, 1 part charcoal (horticultural or smashed up cooking charcoal with no additives), 2 parts tree fern fiber, 2 parts orchid bark (fine), 1 part play sand (any sand will do but play sand is much safer for animals that might accidentally ingest some, not really an issue with inverts), 1 part non-milled sphag moss. This substrate mix will last years in wet enclosures without going bad.
Aquarium silicone should only smell for a couple days before the acetic acid smell goes away.

Based on my own experience with coco fiber, that's what I'd blame. Scoop some out into a separate bin and sniff it to see if you agree.
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>>3569940
>Definitely add isopods (and leaf litter if you don't have any already). It'll help a lot.
Also springtails
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>>3543973
Rip man. What pretty markings
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>>3570100
Agelenopsis aperta
Very common grass spider. They were all over around the house this year but surprisingly he was the only male I found inside this year. Probably because we had an early sudden frost that would have caught them before it got cool enough to drive them inside.

My wolf spider is dying right now as well. She still managed to take some water but she can't obviously doesn't have much left.
Kinda bummed out
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>>3569986
he claimed to have springtails, but yeah they're important too.
Millipedes are also cute lil cleanup bros. Hissing cockroaches are amazing for cleanup crews but you'll probably have to take extra measures to prevent escape and/or reproduction.
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>>3570117
speaking of hissers
freshly molted roaches are so pretty
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>>3549093
I am having such a hard time finding mantids that aren't Chinese. Where are you getting your bugs? Beautiful critter btw.

Here is one of my poecies, love these guys.
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>>3547953
Pretty common actually, my OBT is the same way. Super chill one molt and then the next molt - the classic OBT attitude comes out.
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>>3549697
Get yourself a new world arboreal tarantula (psalmopeus are great) or a solifigud.
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>>3556957
Your spider coule be in premolt or just not settled in after transport. My b emilia took about three weeks to start eating after she arrived. Additonally, brachys often fast for no real reason and I know people who have healthy brachys that have fasted 6 months with no issue.

Tarantulas aren't like cats or dogs or even reptiles - some just barely eat and its pretty normal.
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>>3569940
>>3569986
Well, the sad truth is that it might not be the substrate after all. The smell seems to come from him, rather than the terrarium. I found him on the ground when I woke up today. He probably wont make it to tomorrow, heart breaking to see the little guy struggle. He had a bit of sagg to his body the last few days, not really staying "flush" with the top of the enclosure, and he just felt "off". He actually fell off my hand, and I could lift him by his lower thorax, which he wouldn't ever let me do. It's most likeally due to old age, and not the fumes, as I've kept him in a different container while I aired it out. He would soon turn 10-12 months old, and he is a male, so his lifespan is already cut short.

But I'll replace the substrate either way once he passes, so whenever I feel comfortable getting a new mantis it'll have it better. I knew it was his time sooner, rather than later.
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Do albo slings like to burrow underground? Havent seen it since I put it in its container. Is it in pre molt? Seen a black spot on its back when I bought it but it could be just the pattern?
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>>3569401
Thanks mate, that's the one, and here's the "circle trapping" behaviour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsK2CPODs_4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaEVNJ6cYsU
>>3564030
Check it out
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found a dead wasp, i think
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>>3571865
>>3571869
How do you know it's dead, you should let it go
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>>3571865
>>3571869
That looks pretty nice, although I am not a fan of the RGB split the image has, still love to see more
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>>3572231
maybe the RGB split, which i'm not sure what it is, is because i'm not using my olympus tg-6 macro function correctly
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Yeah some moths got into my house last night and after coaxing them onto my hand so I can put them outside, they vibrated their wings angrily.
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>>3572233
If you look at the image, you can see how the blues and red somewhat split. Just like how old blue and red 3D glasses would work. It also has the effect of making this blue or red outline around a few parts.
It's pretty easy to see on the first picture if you look at the right antennae, where it looks a little blurry because the blues and reds almost create an outline. I think it's a pretty popular thing for photography, I am just not a fan.
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>>3566255
>Fibo
That's extremely cute.
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>>3547731
I studied forest management in college, but once had a summer job counting aphids in basedbeen fields because apparently they overwinter in the buds of an invasive species called Buckthorn. Pretty fun job because I got to be outside all day, but also extremely boring trying to count dots underneath leaves in the middle of a field.
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>>3543898
Como estas, Hector?
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>>3573384
That does sound boring (but important) to an extent, at least compared to mine. It would suck if you had to count those dots in the hot sun.

Got the job I applied for last week and have been thrown into the mix quite quickly with little supervision which is a bit stressful and challenging. There are a shit ton of different things to do and the research is revealing new things that previous studies haven't covered. Ie fecundity, time to hatch, if parasitoids invade the eggs, etc.
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>>3543771
I once saw a colony of these fuckers in a tree next to a place where I used to study
They look so freaky
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Here's another species of ant that uses phragmosis
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>>3573649
It looks creepy. I want to smash it for how ugly it looks.
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I've been using the tap water we have here in Scandinavia to water my vivs, but it seems like the moss I was trying to grow hasn't been taking it too kindly. And I can't get my hands on distilled water, so is demineralized water good enough for terrariums? I can buy it very comfortably, and I'd have to get waaaay out of my way to get my hands on distilled. But I am lacking space in my single room appartment, so I'd like to console the Invert masters before I buy a can of it.
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>>3574114
You can try it.
Another option is artesian water. I use artesian water for my salamander just fine and salamanders are somewhat sensitive to the water you use. Not even supposed to use distilled since it's lacking in essential minerals.
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>>3574127
It can be easier to do reverse osmosis and then apply aquarium treatments than to get an artesian well depending on where you live though.
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>>3574186
I just buy artesian water by the gallon at the grocery store. Costs the same as a gallon of distilled water.
A lot of bottled water is just artesian. Shouldn't be too hard to find some
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>>3574127
>>3574186
>>3574199
We don't really use the term "artisian" water, here, but I assume I could just use any pre-bottled water. That shouldn't be hard, it also seems to be worth a shot since it's pretty cheap to get a 1.5 liter bottle. I'll try it, and see if it does the trick. Cheers lads!
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>>3571869
Looks like it got killed by morgellons
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>>3544013
Hes not a panther crab. The true panther crab is a lake dweller from Sulawesi. Hector is a different crab originating from mountain streams in Southeast Asia (Thailand?).

Hectors species, due to the similar coloration, is often sold as the Sulawesi panther crab. You will notice however, Hectors coloration, carapace shape, and enlarged claw all are distinct features which separate him from the Sulawesi Parathelphusa crabs.
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>>3574342
A lot of bottled water is chlorinated
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>>3574626
I'll look for it before I buy it
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>>3565524
Looks like he was moulting
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I saw this surreal bug that looked like it wore a pair of shoes on it's front legs but forgot to take a picture. It had big antennas like a cockroach, walked really slowly and couldn't fly. I'm in South-America, Brazil. Do you guys know what species this is?
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>>3543898
quite handsome
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>>3543973
F
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>>3545009
what kind of millipede anon?
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>>3545091
good choice anon
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>>3575214

some sort of mole cricket maybe?
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My first emerged male.
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>>3575314
She's an ivory millipede
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>>3575453
Cool, are you keeping them as pets or as feeders?
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>>3575353

no it's legs were very skinny, not like the strong legs of a cricket
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>>3575353
>>3575610

from what I was reasearching it seems to be some kind beetle so I was wrong in saying it couldn't fly, probably just didn't want to!
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>>3575610
Mole cricket hind legs aren't especially strong.
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>>3575586
Yes
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sup /inv/
i found this booi indoors
can anyone ID? and/or sex it?
im assuming its a mantis of some sort?
it was found in southern africa

also THIIIIIIICK
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>>3576350
>inb4 dudeweed
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>>3576353

Mirin his exoskeleton, looks very sturdy
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>>3576350
Adult female of Tarachodes sp.
Nice find!
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>>3564174
if you want to reduce mold growth in an enclosure make sure to remove any uneaten food, remove any excrement (for snails, wipe down the glass), introduce a “clean up crew” (although snails are typically scavanger-ish) like springtails to control mold growth. and lastly you can alternate the humidity of the enclosure, so keep one side hydrated for one week and for the next week keep the other side hydrated
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>>3576370
>Adult female of Tarachodes sp.
thank you kind anon
>>3576369
armor and floof!
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Twig spooder
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>>3576577
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>>3576577
Does it use its abdomen as a lure?
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>>3576745
Camouflage
It straightens out and looks like a stick to avoid predators
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>>3577094
How well has this animal been studied?
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>>3577119
I'm not sure.
I only learned of the genus yesterday and a Google search fields few results for both pages and pics.
Doesn't seem to be a super common spider even though they are widespread across the tropics.
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>>3577134
What genus is it?
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>>3577140
Ariamnes
There are 33 species
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>>3577356
>Scorpion tailed spiders
Neat
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>>3578068
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Had this guy moult this morning. I thought I killed him because he wasn't looking so good. Misted the enclosure a little bit just beside him and he made it, so I'm pretty happy. Just over 2 years old now.
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>>3575102
And spider bro finally leaves his little moulting-tent
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>>3578794
Anyone know what he is? New Zealand, Gisborne
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>>3545041
But it isn't a larder beetle?
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>>3543898
He cute
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a spider in the basement, was along the edge of a door, under a web
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>>3578796
Hard to tell apart from that it is a spider.
Dunedin here, still learning my spiders. Dolomedes fishing spiders are neat.
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>>3578796
I'm guessing Helpis minitabunda.
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How come there are NO images of cute invertebrates with all those heart emojis around?
Like, I am saddened
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>>3579542
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>>3579559
this makes me HAPPY
*happiness feels*
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>>3570105
Sweeps just keeps going. Has already been 4 times I thought she was done but she just springs back.
She is old and clumsy but still manages to catch food.
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I've been looking to replace my substrate for my mantis viv. But I live in a small appartment, and I don't have a lot of space to store excess supply, so I'd rather just buy a finished mix. I don't have more than one or two small terrariums either, and i am not planning to get more.

I've been looking at the Arcadia earth mix:
>https://www.arcadiareptile.com/earthpro/substrate/earthmix/
And the HabiStat jungle bio mox:
>https://www.serpentia.co.uk/product/habistat-jungle-bio-substrate-10-litres/

Anyone with experience with either mix? or is there a better one?
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The thing I like about insects is that they charge so quickly. Having an insect that charges, literally in seconds, is so good. Spiders don't charge as quickly, up to a minute for a big one, but it's still orders of magnitude better than charging smartphones and other battery powered devices.

Thanks bugs, you're the shit
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What spider is this that crawled on my face? I live in the California Bay Area. I've never seen one so spindly and large.
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>>3580121
That's a Steatoda
Looks like a Steatoda nobilis, a recently introduced species to California
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*Bzzzzzz*
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finally caught the shoe bug on camera. you guys know the species?
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>>3581896
Looks like Steirastoma meridionale, or another closely related longhorn beetle.
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>>3581904

this Steirastoma genus seems so interesting but the wikipedia page is literally empty lmao, I wanted to read more on their little shoes
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pretty lady
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>>3550966

They did actually send that rock, but it wasn't anywhere near light speed. They just sent it years ago.

Fun fact: It's implied throughout ST that humans were the ones who started the war unprovoked and that the bugs had even tried to stay away from them before they got tired of the monkeys constantly shitting on their lawn and decided to fight back.
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>>3582276
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>>3581913
Try google scholar to see what scientists know about it.
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Is it normal for wild spiders still to be hatching eggs this late of the year?
Have a spider with a web outside my window with a nest of eggs it has been looking after for weeks now, but it's almost winter?
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>>3582483
Yes. Hatchlings are much better at surviving winter than adults are.
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Where do you guys get your inverts from in the US?
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>>3582840
Various local and national sellers. Most of mine are captive-bred.
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>>3582882
Hmm. And what about rare exotics then?
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>>3582254
>tfw can't have roaches shipped to florida
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>>3583338
If I'm looking for one in particular I usually need to go to a national seller and have it shipped, though my most recent purchase was a private sale with a small breeder halfway across the country.



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