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  1. I was going to post this picture that I took a few days ago of my B. smithi tonight: But then I came home from work today and saw this: And now I have this:
  2. 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.
  3. 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. It's also one of the most polite "defensive" Ts I've ever come across -- it was very slow-motion and matter-of-fact when it flared at me. Kinda looks like the fang is going right into the roach's eye here . . .
  4. Tonight: Avicularia metallica Note, most of what's out of focus is due to motion blur . . . Asterisk is quite fidgety. Pics courtesy of Lori. HIGH FIVE!! Lori eventually rescued me so I could put her back in the tank. I'll update tomorrow with another species.
  5. I was thinking of something between that, and a piece of cauliflower.
  6. Not a scorpion, but still an interesting spermatophore.
  7. Thanks guys! Fenriz, that "streamer" in the first pic is somehow both gross and cool. Hmm . . . it would seem that all the Buthid spermatophores are quite similar. I'm willing to bet that someone has pictures of Scorpionid spermatophores (Jeroen and Alex, I'm looking at you ).
  8. That was certainly constructive . . . /sarcasm
  9. 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 paucidens spermatophore in my collection that I can photograph later. So who else has pictures of spermatophores? I find it interesting to see how vastly different they are across families, but I haven't had a chance to see different ones within the same family (just across genera or species).
  10. Thanks Jeroen! A couple closeups of the spermatophore taken through the microscope at work . . . A few more are available here.
  11. Here's a few pics related to a blog post I made last night. This is male C and female 4. They stayed in this pose for quite a while, unmoving. It seems to be a characteristic of this species to impersonate a statue. "Ur doin it wrong" That's more like it! The sexual sting: I wasn't watching the clock as well as I should have, but this lasted over ten minutes, with neither of them moving. Then a proper promenade a deux -- sometimes with both chela grasping . . . . . . And sometimes with only one Nothing was really going on last night other than some dancing, so I turned off the lights and went to bed. And what did I see when I got up? Expect a breeding report sometime in, say, July.
  12. Love the mordax! Has to be my favorite scorpion. The Sphodros sp. looks a lot like an Antrodaeitus pacificus I spotted once.
  13. Awesome, Luc! It's cool to hear that you observed so much of the process. With mine, I just came home and saw a pile o' babies. If it aids your data in any way, the two broods I've separated so far numbered 26 and 30, and reached second instar in ten and nine days, respectively. I still have two more to separate, and one reached second instar in ten days.
  14. Thanks Michiel. There's already two SOTMs for this species and I wrote one of them. I'm not sure I'd have much more to add. Aside from a bunch of my female mordax popping, I've also had one V. spinigerus give birth recently. I think I need to head to a craft store for some those partitioned boxes . . .
  15. That's interesting, Luc -- I wonder if it's a locality thing? My experience with captive broods has only involved females collected low on the Coast Range (around 900' elevation) and all births have been in July -- I've never kept a gravid female collected from higher up in the Cascades. I'm interested to see when your females parturate.