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  • DocshiftyDocshifty Registered User regular
    V1m wrote: »
    What I'm hearing is that tarantulas are fussy little princesses?

    They super are!

    If you give a T solely dubias, after an indeterminate amount of time they'll like, just not recognize crickets as food.

    Not guaranteed, and they'll eventually eat cause they still need food, but they very much are like cats being given dry food after years of only wet.

  • DocshiftyDocshifty Registered User regular
    Like, I bought some horn worms as a treat for some of my larger Ts last year.

    Exactly one ate. The rest just sat as far away from the worms as possible for days.

    I eventually just set them outside.

  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Today is day 200 since my B. emilia last ate anything. I've seen it maybe 3 times since then because it spends all its time buried, but I can view it through the bottom of its pot to confirm it is still alive.

    Never let anyone tell you tarantulas aren't the most nail-bitingly exciting animals you can keep as a pet.

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    spiders, how the fuck do you work

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  • V1mV1m Registered User regular
    200 days?? That is a major sulk

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  • KupiKupi Registered User regular
    spiders, how the fuck do you work

    Can't speak to tarantulas, as I think they're larger than physics permits the systems I'm about to describe to work, but I seem to recall hearing once that small-ish spiders don't have proper/full-scale respiratory systems, and instead just osmose oxygen from the atmosphere as they move around. Combined with the way that their legs operate on hydraulic pressure more than muscle tension, a spider has extraordinarily low basal metabolic energy consumption. They can pretty much survive on spare web silk and flexing their legs every once in a while for months.

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Today was a good day because I saw a bug I've never seen before, and even better it was a weird one. Clearing up hedge trimmings and had a genuine moment of feeling like my mind was going because a twig was moving by itself.



    It's some species of geometer moth, I think probably Biston betularia. It is bonkers how much it looked like a twig when it stopped moving. I put it back on a bush and carried on working and when I checked again a bit later it took me a minute to find it even though it was in exactly the same spot.

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  • ProlegomenaProlegomena Frictionless Spinning The VoidRegistered User regular
    I've seen twigs that look less like twigs

  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    edited May 12
    Like a lot of animals, there are some species of tarantula that show strong sexual dimorphism. One is Lampropelma nigerrimum, aka Sangihe Black, an arboreal species from Indonesia. The females are black and the males are grey-brown. And the intersex ones* look like this:


    Which I saw and obviously assumed was a photoshop, because that looks bonkers. But nope, it's real.

    As the guy in the video says, male and female Ts have vastly different lifespans, so I wonder how long this one would live. I have to assume not very long.

    * I say 'ones', but really it's just one one.

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Happy birthday to me!


    My dad gave me spider money, so I finally got to start the M. balfouri communal I've wanted for ages. And a new pokie for good measure.

    Even knowing the balfouri are communal it felt really weird putting 6 spiders in one enclosure together. Hope I don't just end up with one really fat spider.

    They're all brown blobs at the moment, but here's what they will look like all grown up
    Monocentropus balfouri / Socotra Island Baboon


    Poecilotheria subfusca 'Lowland' / Ivory Ornamental


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  • PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Yeah ZestRegistered User regular
    That piebald rancho is pretty fuckin' cool lookin'.

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  • DocshiftyDocshifty Registered User regular
    Balfouri communal are real, real fuckin cool.

    Deffo one of my goals for later

  • chromdomchromdom Who? Where?Registered User regular
    Also Happy Birthday

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Docshifty wrote: »
    Balfouri communal are real, real fuckin cool.

    Deffo one of my goals for later

    Seeing the slings all huddle together is unbearably fucking cute.

  • FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    It's spring and I'm super happy that insects are finally out in force (I saw some insects two weeks ago, but they were all "Fuck you. I don't have time to sit still for your silly photos. I gotta collect nectar and shit"

    This week Woodland Dor Beetles (Anoplotrupes stercorosus) were fucking everywhere. And I do mean that literally, they were fucking everywhere (hundreds of them in the middle of their first mating of the season). And crawling around. And getting eaten by ants if they were unlucky.
    Took a photo of this common, but still magnificent, little beetle.

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  • R-demR-dem Registered User regular
    We are rapidly approaching Box Elder bug season in the Wasatch Mountains; these little guys end up everywhere, just chilling on your front door, enjoying the sun, and not being eaten by birds because they can make themselves stink and taste nasty.

  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    I just went to check out the bug hotel my brother set up for my nephew and was excited to see some of the holes are sealed up with mud. Then as I was looking at it a fuzzy butt emerged from one of the open holes as a bee reversed out, turned around, and reversed back in. Then came out and flew off a minute later. It must have just laid an egg. Folks I died. That bee stole my heart and now I am dead.

  • R-demR-dem Registered User regular
    Is there a bird thread? I know there was one during the holidays. Oh well. Y'all get to listen to me talk about birds. They only have two legs so it counts!

    Spring in the Wasatch and Uintah Mountains is a birder heaven. We get bald eagles, red-tail hawks, the corvids are still hanging out (I've watched ravens bully red tails out of nesting sites, they're no joke!), but my favorite are the sandhill cranes.

    These big, impressive, ancient birds are more common farther east in the sandhill region (because bird names are either hilariously literal or hilariously perverted), but in our spring snow melt/runoff season we start seeing some. They're big! They're awesome! They have daggers for beaks! And yesterday I had one model for me for a good five minutes on the side of the road, cursing that I didn't have binos or a camera in the work truck. So yeah I'm getting a set of compact binos today to keep in the work truck because birds, and especially sandhill cranes, are awesome and I want to admire them.

  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited May 19
    We do have a bird thread somewhere, lemme try to dig it up

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