Pamphobeteus sp. "South Ecuador" - Changes through Molts

TomM

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The Progression of Colors through Molts of Pamphobeteus sp. "South Ecuador" (Female specimen)

I think the color changes that this species goes through is incredible. I just wanted to make this thread to show this magnificent beast in all of the stages in it's life. I believe I received it as second instar (please correct me if I'm wrong) late January 2010. The last picture of her is from the beginning of February 2011 (just over a year).

2nd instar: (1.25")





3rd instar: (2.25")
(Freshly molted)


(Hardened up)



4th instar: (3.5")





5th instar: (4.5"+)



6th instar: (5.75"+)
(Hours after molting)


(Hardened up)




(Close-up of carapace)
 
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Fran

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Gorrrgoeus ;)

She is a super pig. She has eaten 5 adult fat crickets, and i know she could keep going :).
Really nice T, this is a keeper and soon a gravid lady ;)
 

TomM

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Gorrrgoeus ;)

She is a super pig. She has eaten 5 adult fat crickets, and i know she could keep going :).
Really nice T, this is a keeper and soon a gravid lady ;)
She's not one to turn down a meal. Not even a day before you got her she had a nice, plump adult dubia. And please, keep me updated on that breeding project. I just remembered what I was going to ask you, too. I'll be sending you a PM shortly!
 

Bosing

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Very nice! Thanks for documenting and sharing! :clap::clap::clap:
 

gunslinger

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Looks great at all stages, but I find myself wishing it retained its abdominal pattern...............pretty impressive growth rate too!
 

TomM

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Very nice! Thanks for documenting and sharing! :clap::clap::clap:
No problem. I thought it was pretty interesting so I thought I'd share.

Looks great at all stages, but I find myself wishing it retained its abdominal pattern...............pretty impressive growth rate too!
Yea, 4th instar was the best of both worlds, she still had the pattern and had a crazy pinkish sheen all over the carapace and legs. As for the growth, over 1" for every molt's pretty darn impressive.
 

Athelas

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Nice series and beautiful Pamphobeteus!

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TomM

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Here she is eating her last meal with me, a freshly molted adult male dubia (I didn't add a music track because the eating sounds at the end of the video are incredible, just watch):
You can watch it in HD on YouTube.
[YOUTUBE]sGm0dUvUMjY[/YOUTUBE]
 
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