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Tarantula Orphnaecus sp. "Blue Quezon/Lazon"

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Orphnaecus sp. "Quezon Blue" Breeding
Initial Breeding Date
8/5/20-10/20/20
Successful
Yes
Special Notes
Males are very unusual in terms of breeding, as they signal females via. body vibration and shaking their pedipalps raised up in the air. Males will drum their pedipalps, but it was more common for them to vibrate their pedipalps in the air before drumming. So I would say that body vibrations is more important to signal the female rather than the typical drumming.
Pairing
This breeding project was two males and four females. So each male got a chance with two females and all were successful in terms of insertion. Each male was introduced to an individual female in their enclosure. The males survived and the females were very receptive.
Observations
Males of this species are very shy whether it has bred before or not. While it is typical for males to be wary of females, there were many times the males just either ran off or walked away after a short time trying to signal the female. I had to try a few times over the course of 15 days to get a successful insertion with the females because the males will usually just wander off without trying to get a successful insertion.
Post Mating Care
All females were kept warm, moist, and in a dim area. All my paired females are usually kept warmer and in dimmer areas to help produce an egg sac.
Time & Care
The first sac was made 12/20/20, but she ate the sac on 1/12/21. Luckily, she double clutched and made a second egg sac on 2/7/21, which I decided to pull the sac on 2/20/21 on day 13 to ensure she didn't eat the sac, which I incubated the eggs until second star on 3/10/21. Which was then separated on 3/13/21.
Final Details
I didn't count the eggs, but the final count is around 189 slings, which is quite a sac number for a second clutch.
The reason this review is 4-star and not a 5 is because it was quite a troublesome breeding project. As finding a male was near impossible. Males are also very shy and it seems males of this species is very wary and shy of females. Sometimes the males would just give up and walk away despite females being very receptive. I wish males of this species were more available and more interactive with the females. But they're still not that established in the hobby yet, so producing them was needed.

The breeding and egg sac opening video will be down below, but the separation video will posted soon:


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