Archive | August, 2015

Can you see me?

29 Aug

Went for a family trip yesterday to a beautiful place called Rainbow Beach. We stopped a few times along the way, and I was able to get a lot of great pictures of many interesting things. I’ll post more of them tomorrow, but for now can you spot what’s in the picture? The camouflage is incredible!

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Calling the spider doctor!

27 Aug

So, last week I found a 4-legged TINY wolf spider in the hallway of my house. For the record, it was missing 3 legs on one side, and one of the other…so it was a tad lopsided. It was just sitting in the hallway not trying to run for cover at all. I knew it probably wasn’t going to make it. And then I decided to do something that is the exact reason some people think I’m nuts-I decided to adopt poor little Wolfie.

I had no idea if he’d make it, but I spent the next few days making sure he had enough water and fruit flies to give survival a good go.

And guess what? Today I found out he’d molted and had even regrown 3 of the missing limbs! (You can tell which ones they are by the lighter colour.)

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So, we’ll see how Wolfie does over the coming weeks. Hopefully leg #8 will make an appearance in the next molt.

Spring has sprung!

23 Aug

Spring is definitely here in Australia! So far I’ve had my Spiny leaf (Extatosoma tiaratums) eggs start hatching.

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Then a praying mantis ooth I’ve kept finally hatched into around 20 tiny, adorable baby mantids.

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And now my Goliath Stick insect (Eurynema goliath) eggs have begun to hatch. What an exciting week!!
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Cigar Stick insect molting

15 Aug

Last night I discovered my Cigar Stick insect (Cigarrophasma tessellatum) molting. I’ve raised quite a few insects that molt, but have only been lucky enough to see it a handful of times. I left it alone for most of it, since I’m always paranoid my presence will stress it out. So, here’s a picture of it molting, and then a few after pictures, with a couple from when it was smaller.

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Spiny leaf (Extatosoma tiaratum) hatchling!

12 Aug

Today one of my Spiny Leaf insect (Extatosoma tiaratum) eggs hatched!! I got the first ones in January from my captive-raised females, so it’s been a long wait. Was very surprised to see this adorable baby in the conatainer this morning. I didn’t get very many eggs before the adults passed, but hoping they are all viable.

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