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Cool video! Tarantula kills a darkling beetle!

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Moakmeister, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Moakmeister

    Moakmeister Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Hey guys, tarantula Youtuber The Spiderman (and he doesn't have an AB account) uploaded a video today in which he finds an adult darkling beetle (superworm) in the enclosure of his L. violaceopes (or whatever the friggin genus is, people can't decide). He feeds said beetle to another tarantula, and the awesomeness ensues. I didn't think the fangs would puncture that easily, I especially love the part where the T tries to bite through the wing covers and there's a harsh squealing and scratching sound as the fangs grind on the shell. I would love to give one of these beetles to a big Emperor scorpion, it would be cool to see the big claws smash through the beetle's shell.
     
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  2. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Arachnoprince Active Member

    Crunch!

    I would be concerned that a large beetle would injure my tarantula with its powerful mandibles, so I would crush the head as a precaution.
     
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  3. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoemperor Active Member

    I'm certain that there's more economic roaches for the task, out there - cheapskate alert :kiss:
     
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  4. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoprince Active Member

    I really like these beetles when they appear in my livefood tub. They give off a real stink when you handle them too.

    Having one pop up in a tarantula enclosure is bad keeping in my opinion. You've let a morio worm disappear. A moulting T could very well become a cropper to a morio.
     
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  5. Moakmeister

    Moakmeister Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Well he says in the video that he usually takes the worm out if the T doesn't grab it, and that this is the first time in awhile he's seen a beetle.