I haven't posted in forever (or even logged on in forever), so here's a few [relatively] recent shots of me taken by DragonTears (or her husband):
February, my first bike race:
March or April, I forget which, with FunnyLori:
May 1st (that's FunnyLori on the left ;) ):
The warning was FATTY-FATTY-FAT-PANTS!!!! as seen in the first pic combined with being able to see the new arrangement of urticating hairs through the old exo.
You can faintly see a web mat in some of the pics but it wasn't obvious to the naked eye.
Tonight, my tiny Aphonopelma moderatum . . . I fell in love with these guys on an observational trip to West Texas in 2008. My previous sling died during a heat wave last summer. :(
It's eating an equally tiny cricket.
So apparently it's quite challenging to photograph my Ephebopus rufescens through the side of the tank while it's feeding . . .
This is one of my newest arrivals. It burrowed right where I wanted to within a day of rehousing. :D It's also one of the most polite "defensive" Ts I've ever...
Tonight: Avicularia metallica
Note, most of what's out of focus is due to motion blur . . . Asterisk is quite fidgety. Pics courtesy of Lori.
Lori eventually rescued me so I could put her back in the tank. :p
I'll update tomorrow with...
The only matings I've observed in my collection were between specimens that had been separated for a while . . . but based on Kejser's B. jacksoni "farm" I wouldn't think it's necessary.
It also doesn't have to be introducing the male to the female's tank (where you would think he'd find...
Good luck with the C. margaritatus -- I had three babies and they all died. :( I can say with certainty that they're not C. bicolor. I haven't heard any reliable reports of that species being kept in the hobby (my margs were sold as bicolor, but a denticle count revealed a miss-ID).
Don't beat yourself up. I started with five juveniles.
One male made it to maturity, one female made it to maturity. The male died two weeks after the female matured. Then she died about eight months later.
One subadult female died for reasons unknown, and one appeared to have bad mycosis...
If you see bulbous pedipalps, it's a mature male.
If you have one the same size as a mature male but without bulbous pedipalps, it's a subadult female. As mentioned, females go through one more molt. The difference between subadult and adult in females is quite substantial, especially in the...
I use the same flashlight as the OP is referencing -- it works great for hunting, although the contacts in the switch became fouled after a while. I had to take the whole thing apart and clean the contacts, but in putting it together the switch only functions in "dead-man" mode (at least now I...
So here's a couple photos of a Centruroides sculpturatus spermatophore from a pair that mated in my care yesterday:
More pics are available here.
And here's a Uroctonus mordax spermatophore from a mating last week:
With more pics available here.
I also have an Hadogenes...
Thanks guys. Animalia, I work in an entomology lab at OSU where we have a few really nice Leica stero microscopes. Maximum magnification is 80x when you include the eyepieces, but I think those photos were taken at between 10x and 40x.