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Discovery channel edition

Post all things insect and arachnid
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I was wondering why I heard a lot of knocking from these boxes. Their breeding like rabbits
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is myriapod acceptable?
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How would you help this solitary bee?
>Wet cotton swab didn't work
>Powdered sugar made them panic for 15 seconds and then grabbed on again.
>tweezers were ineffective
the bee was too small for the tweezers i guess
>scrape some off with a toothpick
I cleaned the ass and back a bit, but not enough.

Also

>let bee rest at my bee hotel
>crawls in hole
>it's the most mite infested i had ever seen
>bee gets covered in mites
>it's just a brown ball of crawling mites with wings

Eventually i cleaned it's ass again and let feed on a flower. It flew away a bit less infested than when i found it.
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>>4786514
Can you post a pic of the bee house?
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>>4786514
the powdered sugar seems like the path but youd also have to use a brush it seems
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>>4786522
I tried to the remove the tube, but it's a bit stuck.
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I love these little guys so much, angry little murder machines.I used to have a medium-intense fear of insects or arthropods in general but lately I find them really beautiful. Specially beetles or any colorful lil' dudes.
>>4786466
Absolutely.
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Aight so I'm new around these parts, so please excuse my ignorance, but what are some insect species that you love for their aesthetics? I really love the venezuelan poodle moth, they look so cute and fluffy. Some venezuelan friends of mine used to tell me they'd get a heart attack when they saw these dudes flying around since they're kind of big.
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>>4786466
please no
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>>4786550
Most moths are really cool. Some of the best and most unique colorations and patterns in the animal kingdom imo
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>>4786550
That image is a needle-felted piece of art right? Right?
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>>4786553
I swear moths are so fucking funky for some unknown reason. I have no idea why many of these guys evolved to look so pretty aside of obviously being a visual queue of "don't eat me, I'm poisonous", but I respect them.
>>4786554
Hold on, lemme get another pic, but these guys are REAL. I couldn't believe it either but somehow, real life animals are even weirder than actual pokémon.
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>>4786514
Gross. How the hell does that happen
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>>4786554
I have no idea how they exist but they do. They look really fluffy though!
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>>4786554
Oops but yes, that one image is a fake. But the real ones are still just as cute. Sorry for spamming.
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>>4786553
That image isn't real right? This one is
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>>4786557
The mites latch onto the bees when they collect nectar and pollen. The bees make walls inside tubes and secure their pollen inside, but the mites eat pollen and reproduce inside their nests and eat pollen meant for the bee it's offspring.
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i love moths
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Resident mothfag incoming
>>4786550
Unfortunately the Venezuelan poodle moth isn’t real. >>4786554 is right, this picture is a needle-felted art piece. The idea of the Venezuelan poodle moth came when a guy posted a picture of a fluffy moth he saw in Venezuela. He gave the image a placeholder name of “Venezuelan poodle moth” until somebody identified it as an Artace species.
>>4786559 and >>4786563 are bombyx mori, the domestic silkmoth, a species domesticated by humans for silk production (the caterpillars produce silk cocoons which are harvested).
>>4786553
This is a photoshopped picture of a male lymantria dispar
>>4786556
This is a photoshopped picture of Automeris larra, picrel is what they actually look like
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>>4786514
What if you were to catch it and put it in the fridge for a while so it “falls asleep”? Then I’d imagine you could quickly remove them with a small paintbrush
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>>4786597
I should get a setup like that, with clear tunes, it'd be a lot nicer to know whether or not they're filled with bees or spiders
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>>4787913
That poodle moth thing looks like a walnut mouth or whatever the big motherfuckers in the southern US are called. The ones whose cocoons look like cat turds.
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>>4787931
Nonporous tunnels like glass or plastic can trap moisture and make the pollen rot and attract pests.
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>>4786514
Are there any beneficial things that nites do? Why can't we just exterminate them all
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>>4787988
Velvet mites are cute and eat pest bugs that harm crops.
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>>4788022
I have never seen a redder animal
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>>4788022
>>4788034
Really though he was bleeding from a deep wound lol
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I love tarantulas
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>>4788034
One day we'll figure out why they call them red velvet mites.
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>>4787913
>He gave the image a placeholder name of “Venezuelan poodle moth” until somebody identified it as an Artace species.
OOOOOOH, so it's just a different species- Holy shit I was flabbergasted, since some venezuelan friends have told me they've seen those lil' guys flying around.
>domestic silkmoth, a species domesticated by humans for silk production
Holy shit, nice. I have no idea about bugs or entomology in general, so thank you for kindly correcting me.
>This is a photoshopped picture of Automeris larra, picrel is what they actually look like
Damn, they still look just as beautiful. It's hard as a person who doesn't know anything about bugs (and had a slight phobia of them growing up) recognizing which are real and which are fake.
I'll start looking by species' names as to not get baited into fake moth appearances, lmao. Apparently this is the False Tiger Moth or the Dysphania militaris. Very, very pretty.
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>>4788022
This is ironically what I thought viruses looked like as a kid. Lmao
>>4788075
Same, the desert blonde tarantulas are so pretty. I would scream like a bitch if I saw one randomly in person, but still, a wonderful lil' bug. Well, arachnid.
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>>4788146
They taste like red velvet cake.
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>>4788303
They're apparently quite spicy.
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I am thinking of getting a new pet invertebrate, but I am not sure what to get. I have kept snails before, but that's it. Does anyone have any experience or advice for a relatively simple insect to care for? I was thinking perhaps an antlion since they're so low maintenance, but they are quite small and I'd like something a little bigger, and one guests can actually see.
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>>4788342
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY4p8zauYlQ&list=PL8dHtCTLVfFNsrIMDwAVC5fncEXLTwIkD&index=7
Blue death feigning beetles, and other desert darklings, would be a good choice.
Cheap and easy to care for and get a hold of, and they do well with other beetles or even velvet ants in the same enclosure.
They're very hardy, and survive on whatever plant or bug scraps they can find in the wild. They're also relatively long lived.
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>>4788390
Also, being nonpredaceous beetles, they are of course very goofy, and get up into antics.
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>>4788390
to add onto this, if you don't have to worry about grubby fingers grabbing them, velvet ants are also a really interesting option and are incredibly active, moving around the enclosure nearly constantly. Super cheap too. Just... don't get stung.
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>>4788439
Yeah, they're super cool. They're basically little hummingbirds.
You can feed them with two 'giant' size ant feeders filled with water. One with sugar/honey, and one with a pinch of salt.

btw the sting sounds scary because of the pain, but it isn't toxic
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>>4788291
>It's hard as a person who doesn't know anything about bugs (and had a slight phobia of them growing up)
I understand 100%. I used to be disgusted and freaked out by moths, now I’ve got a dozen sleeping in my bedroom. Here’s a male Anisota virginiensis that emerged in my hand yesterday. It makes me feel like a mother when they emerge in my hand kek
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>>4788619
That the cow killer? Here's one at Dulles airport.
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>>4788651
NO WAY, that fellow is so fucking cute! If anything, I'm kind of more afraid the smaller the bug is. Because if it's big it probably won't easily get lost in one of my eyes, mouth, or enter my nose or ears. Like, a tarantula is fast, alright, but it won't get stuck in my eyes unless it's kicking hairs at me (which is NOT what anyone wants). And it's probably more scared of me than I could be of it. Unless it's a thailand black.
Those... Those are something.
>>4788619
The more colorful a insect looks the more painful it's possible bite/attacks looks to me. The mantis shrimp so far is the perfect example of my instinct.
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Can mealworms and dubia roaches live together, in the sense that the mealworms won't try to eat the dubias?
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>>4788986
MANTIS SHEIMP AINT INSECT. Neither is OP. Isopodaaaa FTW
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Love these little goofy niggas like you wouldn't believe
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>>4788986
>that fellow is so fucking cute!
I will tell him you said so
I agree about the bug size thing, it’s too easy to lose track of tiny fast bugs. I’m not gonna lose the lady in picrel easily. Her abdomen is SO soft, like down feathers
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>>4787913
based moth bro. thanks for the neat facts.
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>>4786544
The modern beehouse design is inefficient and needs to be changed for maximum efficiency, make it have easy interchangeable parts and tubes
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https://youtu.be/ZBxo8f0Kju8?si=gh9HJuuYmYz8SOVf

https://youtu.be/rqxklZO_vsA?si=vD3RTLESuFcHlcFm


These are great introductory videos to invertebrate paleontology.
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His so hungry, I can't wait to feed it adult cockroaches.
Has anybody had an experience with those temu spider enclosures? Are they escape proof?
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>>4789282
It's a spider, not a raccoon.
Are there holes in it that are bigger than its abdomen? Does it look like it'll fall apart if a breeze hits it?

When I kept a black widow, I just bought a ballot box.
It had a door with a lock, and a slot for dripping water.
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>>4789287
Yeah but it is a green bellied huntsman, only a sling but my family is terrified of it. the last thing I want is for it to escape and someone swat it.
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>>4789205
wait
>looks at taxonomical groups quick
>both insecta and isopoda are in the arthropoda phylum
fuck that's why I was like "wait aren't crustaceans insects" but no, not necessarily
wait 2
>looks at arthropod orders
>pancrustaceans
>barnacles
barnacles are arthropods? wut?
>>4789214
bro looks like a Z someone wrote when they were really drunk
>>4789223
thank you I hope he pollinates a thousand flower bitches
>I’m not gonna lose the lady in picrel easily. Her abdomen is SO soft, like down feathers
I've seen in some species of moths that they don't have mouths and live very short lifespans, like 2 weeks. How come they don't have any- mouth appendages to consume food? Isn't it counter-intuitive?
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>>4789287
>It's a spider, not a raccoon.
don't underestimate spiders man, they just teleport
>>4789447
specially huntsman spiders
as long as it doesn't have big holes and the lid is properly sealed/closed I doubt it could escape too easily
now if you take the lid off it may go vroooom
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>>4789558
Look at the larval forms of barnacles and most of the weird crustaceans and you'll see they're even weirder if you realize their starting point isn't really that odd.
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>>4789563
I swear sometimes looking at regular animals feels like looking at aliens, animals and plants in general are weird once you really think about them. Like how the fUCK did they evolve to become such specific lil' weirdos. Adorable lil' weirdos like pic rel, a ghost crab or Ocypode ceratopthalmus.
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>>4789572
Because chaos crystallizes into order rapidly then emerges again
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Anyone know what this is? Found him on my porch.
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>>4789839
wheel bug nymph
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>>4789853
ty anon
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>>4789575
love these little guys
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>>4789558
I’m enjoying the opportunity to talk this much about moths
>I've seen in some species of moths that they don't have mouths and live very short lifespans, like 2 weeks
Yes, silkmoths don’t have developed mouthparts so they can’t eat. As caterpillars of course they eat loads, but as moths their only purpose is to reproduce.
>How come they don't have any- mouth appendages to consume food? Isn't it counter-intuitive?
Not eating lets them put all their focus on mating. A surprising number of insects work like this, where they eat in the early stages of life, then once they become adults they don’t eat, just bone. Crane flies and sawflies do this. All the species of moths I raise are silkmoths so they have very short lives as adults
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Do you fellas mind if I post a picture of a wasp I just killed
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>>4790883
Depends. Do you want an ID or are you just bragging
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>>4788022
crunchy berries
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>>4790947
Mostly bragging but I guess an ID wouldn't hurt.
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>>4790997
Took video of it too. I like how the abdomen pulsates.
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>>4788022
Wtf since when did they get that big? I only ever saw them speck sized on bricks
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This is easily the worst thread on 4chan.
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>>4791033
that guy's just really small
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>>4791033
Those are probably sidewalk mites.
The huge version of them only emerges after rain.
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>>4791076
but enough about the dog general
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Does anyone knows what kind of spider is this, got bitten (probably) by a baby one when cleaning the yard, living in Mexico right now (central region)
I'm I about to die painfully?
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>>4791729
maybe a false widow - Steatoda grossa
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>>4791729
Most definitely a false black widow.
Not totally harmless but it's probably fine, shouldn't feel anything after a couple days.
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>>4791734
Ain't no way I browsed dozens of inaturalist photos and picked the same god damn picture...
well here's a different one
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>>4791734
>>4791741
>>4791744
Thanks guys, always nice to know that I'm not dying from a spider bite
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>>4791767
You've got plenty more spider bites ahead of you, don't worry.
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>>4788022
No fuckin way dude i saw one of these years ago on a hike in the bunya mountains and i had no clue what it was and couldn't find anything when i looked it up. i love them
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>>4787915
Sounds like a good idea, but i haven't seen any new mite ridden bee yet since then
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I bought dubia roaches. I saw an ootheca come out of a females ass. How long till they give birth? I want to see lots of little dubia roach nymphs squirming around.
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>>4793130
THIS IS A FETISH POST
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Moth
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snail such a leech
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>>4793133
you don’t say? lol
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Fat slug I found while gardening
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A huge carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) just flew over my house. It sounds scary, but it's cute as fuck and it let me take a good picture of him, before flying out.
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>>4794909
I love carpenter bees even though they destroy my deck railings. They’re lucky they’re so cute. The bottom right picture is great
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Saw this fella the other day.
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>>4794004
CHUBBY
>>4794909
I appreciate bees, but I have a complete terror of wasps. Those guys are just filled with the rage of one thousand suns.
>>4795620
Holy shit that's a huge fella. I think I'd probably crap myself if I saw an insect that big outta nowhere, but then I'd try to keep it comfy in my house.
>>4790867
Sheesh, sorry for disappearing for so long mothanon, I had a very busy week. It kinda makes sense now as to why some bugs have such short lives, huh. I saw a lot, and a LOT of ladybugs this week in an apartment I was in. They're supposedly a sign of good luck, and they were too small for my phone to picture them correctly.
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>>4786544
If you can't remove the tube stuff it with something or seal it somehow
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>>4796431
I feel like wasps get a worse rap than they deserve. if you treat them well, like you offer food or save one from dying, they remember you and are pretty friendly. I remember watching a video of some guy keeping pet wasps at some point. Personally, I've never been stung by a live wasp, even when they come check me out. They're smarter than they seem.
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>>4796819
Oh, I know they're really freaking smart, that's what creeps me out about them. I definitely don't want to anger one, specially since they seem to be able to hold grudges and even communicate those grudges with their hive. spooky smart bastards, but I value their job as pollinators.
I do wonder, do they kill bees?
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>>4796928
wasps are carnivores, so i imagine they probably kill whatever little prey they can get their hands on. I know those giant asian hornets invade beehives to try and eat their larva.
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>>4796928
Actually, on the topic of intelligence, I'd like to point out these little guys. velvet worms aren't bugs, but they're closely related, and they're so interesting that it makes me sad we haven't done much research on them. apparently they can live in family units or packs, have complex social hierarchies, and rivalries between packs. they really act like barely anything else does in panarthropoda. I wish we knew more about them.
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>>4796431
Sorry you had a busy week anon, hope things are smoother this week. I ended up buying a cheap $10 macro lens attachment so I could get clear pictures of bugs, it’s nothing fancy but it works. Looking forward to using it to get better pictures of my freshly hatched caterpillars
>>4796968
There was an anon on here before who kept these as pets, he said he could only observe them under red light in the dark because they hide from the light.
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wasps are cool
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>>4796819
>they remember you and are pretty friendly.
that seems more than unlikely
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>>4796968
>>4796977
>There was an anon on here before who kept these as pets, he said he could only observe them under red light in the dark because they hide from the light.
Now THIS I’m interested in, I think velvet worms are pretty cool, that they have fangs and can spew out some weird sticky substance to entrap prey is cool
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>>4797575
Try it! and don't swat at wasps just because they fly near you, sometimes they just do that to check you out (still wouldjt let it land on me without some food to bribe it with, though).
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Anyone here keep tarantulas? Been wanting to get into the hobby, after looking into different species I think A. Geniculata is what I'll start with, the large size and high activity is what I want most out of a tarantula. I'm just worried about handling its enclosure, I feel like I'll miss something obvious for it.

>>4796968
Such an underrated animal, they have practically no mobility and can only move an inch or two per minute but their slime is such an effective trap that they are still efficient predators.
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Heading out to the mountain park near me tonight to see if I can find any cool critters out there, hopefully I'll get some good photos

>>4797762
Been keeping them for a few years now, I've not kept that species but it's supposed to be a good species to start with as long as you don't mind it potentially being a little feisty and having some nasty urticating hairs. Do you have an enclosure set up yet? If so post a picture and I'll check it out and let you know what I think or even if you could just describe how you're planning to set it up I can critique that too
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>>4797770
Not yet, still trying to figure out a buyer for the tarantula itself and the enclosure. While it being a bit feisty concerned me I think I can deal with it as I don't have any interest in handling it outside of necessary rehousing, I totally get why people like doing so but it's not something I necessarily care about. I'm happy to watch it from the enclosure, as long as I can see it out and about most of the time and give a good feeding response that's all I need from it. The only thing really leaving me disappointed is simple pattern, my second choice right now is the GBB since I love the colors and webbing of them but the shorter lifespan and smaller size put me off a bit. Ideally I would love to have both but I don't want to get on the slippery slope that easily and decided I'll stick to one starting out.
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Every time I see a molted dubia in my terrarium it scares the shit out of me. It's like a white alien that appeared seemingly out of nowhere.
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>>4797762
what if it runs away and u can't find it
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>>4797958
Something that doesn't translate to pictures is just how loud tarantulas can be.
They're not really that stealthy, you'd be able to find an escaped T in your home fairly easily, just by listening for the noises their huge bodies make when they move around.

>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfB-2u4gIvY
This is an example of what I'm talking about. It's actually surprising how loud they are when you see them in real life.
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>>4797958
I'm planing to stick to NW species which are a lot slower, it's mostly the OW species that will just teleport from one place to the next which is just one of several reasons they're suggested only for veterans. For the most part tarantulas are pretty passive, they would rather hide in their burrows or kick a few hairs and escape then stick around anywhere.
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>>4798121
> which is just one of several reasons they're suggested only for veterans
What are the other reasons
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>>4798213
more potent venom which can be pretty serious with some species (Asian and Australian species and African arboreals in particular are nasty) plus often a much more defensive or bolty attitude compared to a lot of new worlds which are often slower and more relaxed

That said there are some new world species that are just as fast or defensive but without as potent of a bite but they're more the exception than the rule
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>>4798213
The reasons I've generally been seeing:
>more aggressive, NW tarantulas are pretty docile and will only give threat poses or kick hairs if you happen to really scare them. OW tarantulas are much more prone to view your actions as threats and attack in self defense
>on top of the above point they generally have stronger venom so bites from them are a lot more painful, long lasting, and a few even medically significant for humans.
>husbandry is more difficult. Most NWs generally are easy to care for and don't ask a lot in terms of things like light/ventilation/temperture, even if not ideal they usually can handle anything comfortable enough for a person. OWs can be a lot more picky and require highly specific needs that if not met will kill them.
>more expensive, since they come from farther and are more difficult to breed prices for OW species are generally higher then most NW species. Some NW species are so common and cheap that they're given as freebies with other tarantulas, you cannusually get like two or three NWs for the price of a OW.
>not really a "problem" but they generally grow slower, which can be frustrating in terms of seeing them grow and makes hunger strikes more difficult to assess.
Obviously no one can stop you from buying one and people have used them to enter the hobby but it's unwise to do so unless you really feel dedicated to seeing that species' needs met.
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Has anybody ever kept a Miturgidae spider? I collected this girl on a night hike yesterday and when I came home to do some research for her care I found that there does not exist online a single record of anyone having kept one of these so it's possible I might be pioneering a new captive spider family here

I've got her set up like any other desert dwelling active hunter spider for now but if anybody has some experience with this I'd love some input
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>>4786466
Yes
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>>4798659
They like a piece of bark that they can construct a silk retreat under
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>>4798667
Gave her exactly that with some dry sandy substrate and a small water dish and plenty of room to roam around and hunt so I hope she'll settle in nicely
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>>4796968
Holy shit these guys are so pretty, they kinda look like some sea slugs. And weird plushies. I'm actually really surprised some bugs- or even animals in general that are so slow or small can have such amazing intelligences/or skills. Or that they can be so violent somehow...
>>4796977
Thank you! This week was a bit of a wreck for me emotionally, but I'm recovering. Also holy shit that bug is small. I see a lot of butterflies in my neighbourhood, specially yellow ones. Even though it's almost winter...?
>>4797762
Haven't personally kept any tarantulas because I don't have the space- or well, a safe enough space for the T to just chill in. But BE CAREFUL OF THEIR URTICATING HAIRS. If they're feisty or in a bad mood let them be, you don't want any of those going in your nose or eyes. Be careful with mites and moss creating fungus, those could make your T sick.
>>4797964
they
MAKE FOOTSTEP
SOUNDS?????????
ASIDE OF HISSING THEY MAKE SOUNDS WHEN THEY WALK?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFzCxs-0ZnM
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anyone know what these are? they're like half the size of a grain of rice and I've never seen such an influx of them before. I keep my kitchen window open due to the heat but they keep appearing
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>>4798909
flour beetle?
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Turns out my male jumping spider is not able to pierce through the armour of a juvenile woodlouse.
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>>4798891
>ASIDE OF HISSING THEY MAKE SOUNDS WHEN THEY WALK?
Wait till you hear about rattlesnake tarantulas
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>>4799195
>>4799201
… doesn’t that make him kinda wimpy?
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>>4798659
Watch her closely if you took her from the wild, likely has parasites.
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>>4799201
My god he's cute. give him lots of tasty treats for me
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>>4799526
the spider is a she considering it's carrying the kids on it's back
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>>4799540
Are you sure? The person i replied to said it was a male jumping spider, so maybe it's some species where the male cares for the young? would be odd if anon didn't know their own spider's sex.
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>>4799747
Anon that is not even close to a jumping spider what are you on about.
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Sorry for the shitty picture but holy shit look at this bee I just saw.
It had to have been like an inch and a half long I've never seen such a big bug before aside from the odd mantis
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>>4799797
I measured that mark in the wood and it was about an inch and a half give or take.
I thought I took mire pictures but my shitty phone must not have actually taken them.
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>>4799798
That's no bee.
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>>4799866
Neat.

Also I found an even bigger bug! Homie was just chilling on my porch.
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>>4798639
That bug looks excessively gay.
Anyway I went hiking and found a lot of these big millipede fellas.
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>>4799776
Oh yeah that's a wolf spider lol i took the person who posted it at their word
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>>4800074
Millipedes are so precious
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>>4799152
aah makes sense thanks
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The magic potions sure love carrots
>>4800074
There was an anon here once that said he was taking veggie slices with him on his hike to feed the wild millipedes. I think about that sometimes, it inspired me to leave a cherry tomato in my garden for the slugs
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What’s the best beginner bug pet?
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>>4800539
If you're an absolute beginner and want something cheap and easy to learn to keep, you can buy a starter of isopods these days for ~$15 at pet stores. (I'd also recommend the starter of springtails that'll be right next to them, but it's not required)
They basically just need a tub of dirt and leaves that you keep moist on one side.

If you start keeping them, there's a bunch you can learn about regarding optimal substrate mixes and supplements for different species. Researching those will make it easier to figure out how to keep more advanced bug pets in the future.
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I found this tiny white spider on my mom's car today. Index finger for scale. What species is this? Better photo:
https://files.catbox.moe/lw57ki.jpg
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>>4791076
Whats your problem
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>>4800885
I'm no expert but it looks like a pretty fresh spiderling. Spiderlings are basically any point between the spider's birth until it reaches its full adult body but they start out looking more flabby since their exoskeleton hasn't hardened with that white body. While spiderlings vary they all take on this appearance upon birth that telling species apart is difficult. The only real way to confirm the specific species of a spiderling is to see the spider that birthed it.
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what happened to tic jar guy?
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How do you guys store your bugs? Do you just stack their enclosures atop eachother or have a Dark Den style shelf?
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>>4801135
God I wanna know what happened to tick jar guy so bad. Did he do The Orb?
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>>4788619
I've been wanting to set up a velvet ant tank forever now, but never got around to it. I find little ones in my driveway sometimes but I'd like a bigger one like occidentalis. This one is tentatively dasymutillidae ursus.
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I really want one of these and it's such a shame that they're $125 each and probably gonna croak once you get them.
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>>4797964
https://youtu.be/Zu7xpq7uoh0?t=138
https://youtu.be/aNHK565cVe8?t=80
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>>4801435
>and probably gonna croak once you get them.
Why is that? There’s a lot of neat spiders that seem like they’d be cool pets really
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Will science ever be able to explain how the biggest, fattest bees manage to get stuck between window panes with no holes or cracks whatsoever
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>>4801909
Any examples?
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>>4801729
They're wild caught so it could be any reason that they keel over.
>Parasite
>Disease
>Stress
>Dehydration
>Starvation
>Birth defect
Basically pick your poison. I've been told to always buy a few of something like this so at least one will make it.
But at $125 - $200 each I'm not rich enough to afford that risk.
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I wanna use one of those 1 sided hides you see at petstores for a King Baboon. I think it'd be cool since you could see it when burrowed.
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Love these little things. When I catch a fly around the house in the warmer months I’ll drop them off to them in my backyard. They look at them and you can see them processing and gearing up to pounce at lightning speed. While I was doing this a mayfly (or whatever it is) was hovering over the grass. I ignored it until I heard a constant buzzing in one spot in the corner of my lawn. When I investigated I saw picrel.

Idk much about them actually, but observing them fun. I once dropped a huge fly to a younger spider, that I definitely believed it wouldn’t be able to carry, and after it spent some time scared (or just making the equation itself) it fled deep into the lawn, leaving a web trail behind in the grass. Not too long after, a much bigger spider came out from deep in the grass and followed the exact line to grab the big fly itself. I always feel like I can see their gears turning whenever I meet eyes with one.
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>>4789839
don't let it bite you anon
https://youtu.be/vg0xgumTg7A?si=36BvFB5kvyy7-gHP
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So I have had dubias in my terrarium for some time now and now I wonder how the heck they survive in there. I drop carrots in there and I only ever see other insects eat them. The dubias just all chill in one spot. The only time I see the dubias actually eat the carrots (or anything for that matter) is when I drop them right next to them. Do they literally wait until I am not looking and then eat moisture? How do they not die from dehydration?
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>>4787913
>Bart Coppens detected
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>>4802142
I've started a feeder dubia colony, and it really seems like those little bastards are near unkillable, I guess it makes sense seeing they're roaches.
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Bros I'm so fucking annoyed. My animal shelf is 60"+24" so I'll either need to put a 12x12x12 against the wall in the back or up front.
I'm going crazy.
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>>4802782
Just get a 24×24 and make a whole ass biosphere
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>>4802143
Kek. Nah just some girl in Canada, I only raise native species though so I don’t have any of the cool exotic ones he raises. I know he used to lurk r9k years ago
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>>4803395
you’re a girl??
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The maple seeds in my yard are turning pink and yellow, they don’t stay like that for long, hopefully it means my rosy maple moths will come out soon. Their camouflage is amazing
>>4803453 ye, I wasn’t just being Norman Bates when I said I’m a moth mother haha >>4788651
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>>4803686
nice, nice
what other bugs do you like
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>>4803395
Do you like butterflies too, or just moths?
Personally I'm in love with clearwing moths.
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>>4803774
I'm so excited for bug macro season to be back.
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>>4803779
bug what?
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>>4803828
Macro photography. You guys are going out and photographing your own cool critters, right?
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>>4798677
Has she accepted food
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>>4803757
I recently got into keeping isopods and springtails and I’ve been enjoying it, not nearly as much as I enjoy moths/caterpillars though. And I love bees but who doesn’t
>>4803772
Clearwings are BEAUTIFUL I hope I see one in person one day. Have you seen them irl? I like butterflies too, I just prefer silkmoths. I love the softness, the smell, the chubby little fluffy bodies, the huge size of some of them
>>4803779
Wow did you take these pictures? They’re great. I love macro shots of weevils especially
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>>4803888
...what do they smell like?
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>>4803895
Isabella tiger moths (picrel) have a very strong nutty/woody smell when they first emerge from their cocoon, it’s not at all unpleasant. It’s hard to describe the smell of Cecropias, it’s kind of like peanut butter. Again not a bad smell at all, but if you’ve got a half dozen in a room with no air circulation you can smell it as soon as you walk in the room.
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>>4803855
Only tried once yet which she didn't take but it was only a day or two after capturing her and even the smallest roach I could find in my feeder bin was still quite a bit larger than what I'd ideally feed something of her size so I'm not too concerned yet, I'm going to give her a couple more days to settle in and then head over to the reptile store for some tiny crickets or some fruit flies that should be a more appropriate size.

I had the same issue with a little spitting spider adult female I captured where I could almost never get her to eat roaches but she'd happily feast on fruit flies once she had a week or two to settle in so I'm not giving up on this one yet, worst case if she absolutely refuses to take anything and is getting dangerously thin I'll take her back out to where I found her, give her some water and let her go
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>>4803888
>I love macro shots of weevils especially
I'll have to keep an eye out for some, I'm going out for a walk tomorrow hopefully I'll find some good stuff.
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>>4803779
damn, look at the grabbies on that thing
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>>4803779
Do you use a tripod, or just zoom way the fuck in with a macro lense?

I don't live near many fun bugs (new england), but should give it a shot with my wife's camera if it's that simple.
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>>4804386
I usually dont bother with a tripod, just handheld macro.
>I don't live near many fun bugs (new england)
I'm actually in Massachusetts, there's plenty to see if you slow down and look. My favorite spot is an access road under the power lines, once the goldenrod starts to flower it's a massive hotbed of biodiversity.
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you guys might appreciate this. I just murdered a wasp who was building a nest right outside my back door and I found this little cross-section of nest. its amazing
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>>4804399
here's the other side which is the outer wall. it looks smooth from a distance but you can see it's all little cells. this thing is about the size of a penny
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>>4802022
That’s unfortunate. I’m looking into them myself but might just avoid it if the risk is that high.
Also
>>4797762
>>4797770
>>4797893
>>4797964
>>4798121
>>4798381
>>4798390
I’ve been doing a tarantula deep dive these last few days and seriously looking into them because of you guys. They’re so cool and now I want some despite having had zero interest in them before this. It being so inexpensive is just icing on the cake, even the rarest ones seem to be only a few hundred bucks at best.
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>>4804399
don't kill wild animals minding their own business.
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>>4805024
Man, normally I'd agree with you, but we're talking about a wasp nest right outside the guys door, I've seen those things grow to like 5 feet across if left unchecked, there's not much more he can do than destroy it.
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>>4805024
Fuck off wasp nigger.
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>>4805278
If necessary, you can move the nest. no need to kill them. If something like this happened to me, I'd wait until the wasp was there so it didnt lose its nest, move the nest in front of it, and have a few little meat nuggets to give the wasp as a peace offering if it got pissed off. even if it doesn't accept them, the nest is no longer close enough to my house for it to matter.
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>>4805486
Actually i just looked it up (not sure why i didnt before), and you can just move the nest at night while the wasp is asleep inside. much simpler.
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>>4799205
the
thew what now
>>4799201
i got kinda spooked thinking he was gonna tackle the tiny bugger, but he's so gentle, aww
>>4799798
>>4799866
OHSHIT.png
>>4800053
Holy hell that's a big ass moth. I've never seen moths- or bugs that big where I'm from. I wonder if having a cold climate forces bugs to be smaller.
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I've had two earthworms escape now and I have absolutely no idea how they did get through the terrarium's mesh. I've seen them climb but never seen them get out.

Earthworms are escape artists.
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>>4804982
‘Ranchelers are neat
Definitely among my favorite ‘bugs’
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>>4788619
I've wanted to keep some for ages. I saw like a dozen today but I got a very explicit no from the roommates lol
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biggest terrestrial isopod ive ever seen was the size of my thumb nail
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>>4807137

look up Porcellio hoffmanseggi.
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Saw this guy walking down main street in Eastern Ontario - he couldn't fly for shit, so I gently scooped him up, and brought him to an adjacent alleyway lined with trees, and greenery where he wouldn't get stomped on.
No size comparison, unfortunately.
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>>4796979
Beautiful
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>>4803855
>>4798659
She finally ate for me! I'm not sure if she took the roach or the little darkling beetle worm from the cleanup crew of the roach bin but I came back from taking a walk and found her finishing her meal and her abdomen got nice and big, I'm so glad she seems to be doing well in captivity because she's such a cool looking and friendly spider and without being able to find any info I was worried I was doing it all wrong
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Guys my spider bro is so retarded. It keeps trying to climb walls but it can't. When I'm shooing it away it runs towards me. And when I'm on the toilet it comes out and watches me in plain sight and get keeps getting closer to take a look at me.
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>>4807789
If I ever get one I’m not sure I’d have the courage to hold them like this but man if they aren’t cool
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>>4807122
>>4807125
>>4807130
Jesus. Talk about excessive defense
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>>4786399
>Post all things insect and arachnid
And then you go and post a crustacean...
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>>4786553
What does that owl have to do with moths?
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>>4808009
They eat the smegma so you don't have to wash your foreskin. Real bros
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can anyone identify this bug
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How is it that tailless whip scorpions are lighter than most insects? They weigh less than penny.
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>>4808002
It’s a Pygmy owl
>>4808009
AI is so smart…
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I have 140+ Polyphemus caterpillars right now. I’m raising the first instar inside, changing their leaves and cleaning out their containers everyday. I’m expecting another 150+ this week so my hands are really gonna be full
>>4807785
Beautiful, lucky find! And nice of you to help him out
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>>4808246
At first, I thought it was dead, and just a corpse flitting in the wind, but I realized it was alive, as it clumsily stumbled down the street.
I tried to shoot some pictures when I picked it up, but it would not stop trying to fly away; whenever it managed to escape my palm, it would drift to the ground. I think there might be damage to the wings? They seem a bit frayed along the edges, in my first picture; it would explain why it was walking, and not flying.
I suppose this is the best 'size comparison' I have, but it's blurry as shit - he truly was a big guy
>Hyalophora cecropia, the cecropia moth, is North America's largest native moth.
>Like other members of the giant silk moth family, the adult cecropia moth lacks functional mouth parts and a digestive system. Due to this, they survive approximately two weeks
Hope he managed to get some before this point - I think it's a male, since his Antenna look bushier than a female's would.
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>>4808254
Yep he’s male, I raised this species last year and they’re probably my favourite moth. The wing damage is mild and totally normal, they deteriorate as they age, judging by the first pic of him he’d still definitely be able to fly. It takes a minute or two of vibrating their muscles to warm up before they can fly, which is why he was only gliding out of your hand instead of flying away; he hadn’t warmed up yet.
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>>4786547
what's your opinion on bobbit worms
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Bros what the actual fuck is this?
Found crawling around inside an image frame.
Very tiny, 1-2mm max. Brown, has a big ass as can be seen in the image, head looks like some weird ant. Location is Germany
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>>4809436
Other angle
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i think i have a bold jumping spider living in my room
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>>4809481
what gives you that idea
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>>4809487
Well
You said it was bold
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Is this an Ivory centipede?
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>>4809528
I meant Ivory millipede.
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Sorry if this is kind of OT, but I need your help if you have experience with invasive, unhelpful, and annoying insects, please: >>>/adv/31344628
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>>4809528
Don't think so, their white "bands" actually expand and touch the next ones near the legs, while yours has alternating colors on segments, the same width all the way down. Coloration and size is hard to really discern from the Pic, but could be NAmerican Giant Millipede?
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>>4809436
>>4809438
internet says maybe some kind of grain beetle
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>>4810136
Fleas? Dont mop with water, avoid moisture. They like it.
Vacuum all crevices. Wash all textiles on hot. Are you sure you got fleas and not bed bugs?
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>>4810160
>Dont mop with water
Oh. What should I use or do? I have a Swiffer, but that's also another tool for moisture.
>Are you sure you got fleas and not bed bugs?
Yes, because I caught one in the bathroom that hopped onto my foot. It was tiny and black and when I grabbed it and threw it in the toilet it turned a reddish-brown color. I've been seeing adult and its smaller sizes occasionally on my feet. I only ever get one jumping on me when I walk throughout the place which is odd, but I'll take it. I just know they're everywhere else though. I have a couple sticky traps near the door and in my bathroom where they mainly like to jump on me. One caught two and the other only caught one. I should probably get a few of the ones that come with a light bulb or maybe somehow make multiple of my own.

Is it possible they traveled with me to the car? I haven't been able to stop feeling nauseous, lol. This is my first time dealing with a serious infestation. I nearly had a German roach one, but they came from my old neighbors downstairs a couple years ago and thankfully they took care of their situation and I pretty much killed all of the ones that came up here from their treatment.
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>>4810174
So you vacuum a lot now, inside all crevices. Bag washed clothes, bag your linnen. The car should be clean or you want to start the infestation over again after cleaning your home.

You can probably buy some insecticide for fleas to spray on your carpet and hot spots.
Clean everything or just don't at all.
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Anya poster here. Did I catch a queen ant?
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>>4810157
>internet says maybe some kind of grain beetle
I investigated myself and my best guess so far is a minute brown scavenger beetle, Adistemia Watsoni to be more precise. What do you guys think?
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>>4810256
Yeah
You won't get a species, you'd need good photo's or a macroscope.
They live on fungi, maybe that means something to you.

If you buy a loupe and but it against your phone camera you can get decent images.
An average loupe of 6 euro's would make a ton of difference, if you like making images of small bugs.
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>>4810271
Sadly I noticed it when I had to leave the flat, so I don't know where the fuck it is. The pic related is just my guess based on the size (1-2mm), the brownness and the general shape of the thing
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>>4810196
Thank you, anon.
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Why the fuck are there no good Educational invert yt channels?
Like the big ones are cool and all but they don't do care guides or enclosure builds.
I'm sick of reading articles and reddit posts that from the last two decades and trying to piece together what is and isn't correct.
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>>4810591
Daves little beasties and tom moran are my favorites for this, both very knowledgeable keepers with a wide variety of species and they often show the process of building enclosures and rehousing with care info included
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>>4799152
i literally had to sieve a whole kilo of rye flour to get these bastards out of my future bread
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>>4810591
For beetles there's quite a few.
Daniel Ambuehl, Beetles as pets and BeetleTV to name a few.
Wouldn't have tried peat pods if it weren't for Ambuehl's using them as replacement cocoons.
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>>4790867
>Not eating lets them put all their focus on mating.
When I was younger I would rather fuck than eat. But now I'm in my 50s I'd rather just drink.
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>>4810788
*eating, aggressively*
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What bug is this?
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>>4787913
Stop capping bro
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>>4810788
tell me that’s not real
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What would be some decent inverts for a sealed jar terrarium?

This wouldn't be permanently sealed, I would be willing to open it maybe weekly for maintenance, but it would be sealed most of the time. I will definitely use Springtails, but is there anything else? I really wanted Isopods but after doing some research it doesn't seem like they're a good choice. I've seen them included in sealed jars on Youtube and such but more serious Isopod keepers say they need good ventilation and a humidity/moisture gradient, which wouldn't be possible in a sealed jar. It also appears they do like to eat live plants. If there are any Isopod species that would do well I'd love to know about them, but I'm also open to basically anything that stays very small and won't decimate plants.
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>>4811042
Sorry bro can't help with terrestrial species but if you wanted to go aquatic opae ula live for like 20 years and can be kept in a semi sealed container for years and years just grazing biofilm. Can even breed and multiply if the container is large enough. They're neat little guys.
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>>4810960
>Neobarrettia spinosa
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>>4811124
>It is a known predator of the endangered songbird, Vireo atricapilla.
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>>4811113
I'm actually cycling a jar for opae ula right now lol (by cycling I mean waiting for algae and biofilm growth). I was hoping to have a terrestrial jar and an aquatic jar contrasting each other.

Look at this dumbass who got himself stuck today. I had to help him out.
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>>4811126
Holy shit, I wouldn't want to be caught near that thing if i was hit by a shrink ray or something, that looks like it would be more dangerous than most spiders to small animals.
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>>4811124
>>4811126
>>4811207
Terrifying. Looks like a grasshopper on crack. Surprised it pretty much only has its mouth to attack with
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Not a bed bug right? I found him on my bed but he looks like some kind of beetle
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>>4811410
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>>4811411
Carpet beetle. Common mild/benign household pest.
Generally just means you need to vacuum more, or stop putting your clothes on the floor.

If after a few weeks you see more than like 1 per day, or you see larvae, get some Nygard Plus or some other pesticide that retards insect growth.
They love the crevice where the carpet meets the wall, and nooks that you miss while vacuuming.
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>>4811207
Yeah katydids are basically grasshoppers evolved to eat anything grass-adjacent. Generally harmless to humans, though they definitely can bite, but it's just a (fairly bad) pinch.

They also come in hot pink.
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>>4811453
that one is a lot more pleasant :3
i honestly forget katydids even exist 99% of the time
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Dug out my childhood dollhouse sets and did a photoshoot with my caterpillars
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>>4811453
this nigga lookin ZESTY
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>>4811499
>what the cheetos bag sees at 3am
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>>4811126
>>4811124
Cool tyranid
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Is this something I need to be worried about?
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>>4812130
brown recluse
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>>4812130
Only in the sense that if it's a decently sized wolf spider like it appears and was as well fed as it looks before it died then you might have something worse in your house that you should probably try to sort out, wolf spiders and other larger predator inverts like that typically won't do well in houses unless there's a pretty consistent supply of food for them which often means a roach infestation or simlar
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What are these? I just noticed quite a bit of them getting in my house, looked outside and it's an infestation.
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>>4812475
For reference how small they are.
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>>4812475
>>4812477
Looks like some kind of seed bug nymph.
>they may become a nuisance in areas with extensive [insert plant that's near you], as they will sometimes enter houses in considerable numbers.
Looks like an elm seed bug to me, but it could very likely be another species.
They're similar to boxelder bugs, but they're not really related.

You're not getting rid of them, you'll just have to check the seals on your windows and doors.
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>>4812495
>You're not getting rid of them, you'll just have to check the seals on your windows and doors.
I'm so fucked.
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>>4812499
it's just some harmless bugs
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>>4812507
Just don't want them attracting more pests that potentially eat them, better them than roaches that's for damn sure. Thank you for identifying it, I was going through a catalog of miscellaneous bugs trying to figure it out.
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Anyone know what these little guys are? I figure carpenter or common black ant, but they’re so damn small I cant tell.
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Anyone know a good way to remove soil mites from a springtail culture?
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>>4812639
Separate the springtails by exploiting the fact that they jump and start a new, clean culture.
You can sanitize medium/food by baking it in the oven at 200F for 30-60 minutes.
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This little guy is living in my lamp
What is he?
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>>4813279
>sees your jumping spider and raises you a wee babby grasshoppo
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First time ant keeper and I have no idea what I'm doing, I didn't have a test tube handy so I put her in a little box for screws, tried to feed honey but too much spilled in and queen got a little sticky. She's a big girl, probably 1.5cm long but I am worried about her getting some infection.
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You think this would have good enough ventilation?
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>>4813968
For what?
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>>4813987
Tarantulas
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>>4813988
They won't suffocate, but it'll get really stuffy and moist in there.
Depends on the species whether that's a good or bad thing.
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took some bug pics the other day
1/3
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2/3
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3/3
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>Ant dragging hornet, 2024
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Anyone know what type of creature this is by chance? I was looking up pictures online but couldn't find anything that looked to be a 100% match. Location is Southern Ontario, Canada.
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>>4814614
Tentatively Villa bombyliidae
https://bugguide.net/node/view/1567838

here's a little ladybug nymph with a mite infection.
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>>4814651
Oh thanks! That's pretty cool
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How do you talk to people about beetles without them thinking you're autistic?
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>>4814826
You can’t, really. Leaning into the autism is a better bet instead of sheepishly avoiding it
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So say I spray a can of raid to kill a pest in the same room as a pet invert like a jumping spider, Tarantula, scorpion or whatever would it harm my pet?
Or as long as it doesn't come into contact with my pet it'll be fine.
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When monsoon season comes around I might kidnap a Alponopelma Chalcodes rather then paying $100 for one some other dick head caught.
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>>4814931
Gotta be careful with how and where you use pesticides when you're keeping pet pests, especially ones that can offgas and spread around.
I wouldn't spray RAID inside the same house, let alone the same room.

What are you trying to kill? There's a bunch of ways to deal with bugs that aren't RAID.
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>>4814969
I live in a heavily planted area so garden roaches often find their way inside my house and the best way to kill them is with a can of raid (because they're so fast).
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>>4786399
Total bug death
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mosquitoes are bullshit
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my Chinese praying mantis is getting big.
Been eating a steady diet of cicadas this spring
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>>4814970
Introduce a few tarantulas or house geckos to your drywall, that'll clear them out.
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>>4814970
Just introduce some native roach predators (some kind of non-web-building house spider, or house centipedes) to your house and let nature do its thing, desu.
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A darkling beetle just laid some white substance (eggs?) out of its ass and another came up and immediately ate it? WTF
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>>4815088
Sounds like the first one needs to learn to hide her delicious eggs better.
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>>4815088
I'm not sure if it even was eggs, just a long continuous white thing she dropped on top of an egg carton and another beetle instantly went *omnomnom*
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>>4814999
Correct
>>4815003
Christ that thing is tiny
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>>4815010
Well, maybe not tarantulas…
>>4815052
Or centipedes…
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>>4815220
House centipedes are based.
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>>4789230
Yes. Also notice that a majority of the bees that require help with artificial breeding spots nest in the sand. Hence, if you want to help them out, build a sandarium (sand bank). Like so, https://www.bund-bawue.de/service/meldungen/detail/news/gartentipp-ein-sandarium-fuer-wildbienen-anlegen/. Or, so https://www.nabu.de/umwelt-und-ressourcen/oekologisch-leben/balkon-und-garten/tiere/insekten/22648.html.
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>>4815287
no they’re creepy and bite…
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>>4815287
Bugsisters, she's literally me....
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>>4790997
Post it on iNaturalist, they will id it very efficiently.



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