Merry Christmas everyone! Blessings on you and your household as we celebrate Christmas, however that may be, and as we move into the new year. May our collections continue to grow into what we want them to be; I know I’m looking forward to a 5th straight year of being in the hobby!
Hello fellow enthusiasts! It’s that kind of post again, with some new additions to the lineup. Unfortunately the gain in my collection is not without losses, which I will detail first.
The bad news: I lost my Brachypelma emilia (no, its not Tlitocatl) to what I believe was dehydration. It went too long without a watering during a time when I was exceedingly busy, and when I did overflow the water dish it actively drank quite a bit of water. The next day it was in the signature tarantula death curl :(. I am very frustrated, as I really like this species and to have it die in such a way is very saddening. Another victim of a lack of water was my Pseudoclamoris gigas. This was my third Tappie/Psuedoclamoris, and what I have found with these genera is that the moment the substrate drys out and/or they don’t have access to water, they keel over and die. The moral of the story is: water your slings! Don’t let them ever go without water for long stretches of time. I certainly learned that the hard way and plan on being much more vigilant in my care moving forward.
My brother’s Paravaejovis spinigerus MF finally died after close to three years in captivity. She gave birth to quite a few scorplings while in our care, and was a very hardy member of the collection.
In insect terms, my Blaberus giganteus have been slowly dying off one by one. I think it has something to do with old age, but I’m hoping the last few I have will leave me some babies before they too kick the bucket.
That’s the bad news, and now for some good news!
At the last Invertebrate Club of Southern California meeting, I was able to pick up 6 adult Centruroides exilicauda! Not only are these awesome orangish-tan scorpions, they are also awesome communal scorpions! They came with a ten gallon tank containing cholla wood and a variety of stones for them to dig scrapes under. This species doesn’t burrow per se, so I don’t have to worry about the stones shifting and crushing them as they form tunnels. There are both males and females in here, so I hope to soon see babies!
Also at the meeting I snagged my first Old World tarantula bigger than an inch…a, drumroll please…Chilobrachys sp. “Khiri Khan” (suspect female)!
A friend of mine who is new to the hobby received this as a freebie along with another NW he was buying. The enclosure, detailed below, is far from ideal, meaning the rehouse is gonna be a lot of fun, so I took it off his hands for one of my A. chalcodes slings. I also surprised him with my GBB (which was on his list) to get him going. The GBB I had received when I was new hobbyist at a huge mark down from a vendor who helped mentor me and start me down the invertebrate-keeping path. I decided this GBB was to be the gift that keeps on giving.
The last thing I got at the meeting was a variety of terrarium plants (including some awesome Pleurothallis sp. dwarf orchids!), which I will have to discuss further in another post. But just to sate your desire, here are some pictures!
Lastly, I ended up with 6+ or so odonata nymphs when my brother cleaned out his pond filter. I was totally shocked to find these things, as considering how big they are now, they must have floated into the filter as eggs or something, as the filter grille is far too small for them to get in and out of now. They reminded me of very overgrown Jerusalem Crickets when I first saw them, but since then I have been corrected by another friend of mine who is a master invertebrate identifier. Anywho I hope I can raise them to maturity to further reduce our local mosquito population, ha ha! Care tips are appreciated from any of you dragonfly experts!
Apologies for the poor photos, these things are so well camouflaged that it is hard to get a decent shot of them!
And that’ll do it for this post. Thanks for reading, I hope to have some really awesome content for a few future posts, so stay tuned. Catch ya next time!