Quite a lot of Photos

Hello all! Just a short post for today, but I have been sitting on, as the title says, quite a lot of photos (as well as a few updates), including some of a few new additions, so let’s bring them out of storage!

Damon medius. One of two 4th instar juveniles I received from my amblypygid enthusiast/breeder friend. These were captively bred from wild caught specimens, not born of an already-inseminated wild caught female (that’s a mouthful).

To show the scale of the specimen. This specimen and its sibling are only two instars off the mothers back, but already they are larger than all US-native species! Except of course for maybe the mythical Acanthophrynus coronatus

Freshly molted Aphonopelma seemani. Roughly 0.75″ or 2 cm.
Aphonopelma seemani chowing down on a cricket after the above molt.
Freshly molted Bumba cabocla. Roughly 1″ or 2.7 cm.
Chilobrachys sp. “Khiri Khan”: refusing to burrow but continuing to eat. Seen here being photo-shy after attacking the freshly molted cricket of the right.
Phyrnus marginemaculatus male. I was able to successfully pair this specimen, graciously loaned to me by a friend, with my adult female. A spermatophore were witnessed within hours of introduction.
Grammostola porteri eating! Quick, snap a blurry photo!
Apomastus kristenae female. A very rare trapdoor spider species from Southern California, it makes its abode in the beds of leaf litter surrounding oak trees. I collected this and one other small specimen on a collecting trip with a friend.
Apomastus sp. defy photographing. I dont know how a perfectly zoomed in camera can produce such a fuzzy photo…

To give one an idea of finding Apomastus, find this, which is less than 1/3 of an inch (0.84 cm) across…

In this…

Centruroides exilicauda. Notice the exceptionally long telson, a hallmark of many male Centruroides.
A fat (gravid?) female C. exilicauda.

Pause for a short update on my diplopods:

My millipede collection has been in a state of flux, with the disheartening loss of three Spirostreptidae sp. “1”. However, I did acquire four large immature Apeuthes sp. specimens and four Trigoniulus macropygus, which are currently too small to photograph properly, as well as three Bollmaniulus sp., a small native julid with a very interesting grey-green pattern. I also discovered my Anadenobolus monilicornis have kept right on trucking despite multiple rehousings in the past few months, and I estimate I now have over a hundred specimens of various. My remaining Narceus gordanus seem to be doing relatively well, as does my Spirostreptidae sp. “8”; if only I could find a mature male for her!

Lastly, the mystery millipede I mentioned a post or so back has grown considerably in size, to close to 2.5″. With every molt it looks more like Tylobolus claremontus; how that could be, I have no idea.

Bollmaniulus sp.
Apeuthes! A species I have been looking to acquire for a long time, I finally was able to trade for these amazing creatures. Just look at the color!
And, of course, the identifying mark of Apeuthes, the pointed tail-end.
Tylobolus claremontus adult with babies and juvenile, collected by myself. A very pretty native species. I traded away the five specimens I collected, but hope to collect some more soon.
Large T. claremontus adult with large juveniles.
Spirostreptus sp. “1” large immature next to a dead specimen. Unfortunately the five of these I had has been reduced to two in the span of only a few months. A few deaths I think I know the cause behind, but one or two of the others leave me scratching my head. Either way very disheartening as these are amazing creatures that I’d love to have a chance to breed.

Abrupt ending alert.

And that will bring to the end of this photo journey, at least for now. As always I seem to have a backlog of information to post about, so that by the time I get around to posting about Apomastus kristenae for example I need to update y’all on Eublaberus s…hah! You won’t weasel that update out of me early!

Anyway, I’ll catch y’all later!