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Mon 18 May 2020

Hapalopus sp. Colombia large form eating a mealworm

In the afternoon I gave the smallest of the tarantulas I keep, a Hapalopus sp. Colombia large form sling, a small mealworm, Tenebrio molitor. Even though the mealworm was larger than the tarantula, as soon as I dropped it next to it, the tarantula attacked the larva, wrestled with it, and subdued it.

Hapalopus sp. Colombia large form eating a mealworm
Hapalopus sp. Colombia large form eating a mealworm, Tenebrio molitor.

I keep this species since April the 7th, 2020. And while I have attempted to give it pre-killed mealworms before as far as I know this is the first time it actually eats in my care.

This spider has the common name "Pumpkin Patch" tarantula because of the orange pattern on the abdomen. For more information on this dwarf tarantula read Hapalopus sp. Colombia – The “Pumpkin Patch” by Tom Moran.

Let SOcket CAT Be Thy Glue Over Serial

I previously wrote how to configure minicom to connect to a device over serial UART. In that post I mentioned that minicom might not be the best tool for the job. Consider that minicom is adding a lot of unnecessary complexity. If you think about it, we are taking a command line utility intended for communicating with modems, stripping all that functionality away so that we are left with nothing more than a terminal emulator that knows how to connect to a foreign TTY. Yet, we are probably running minicom from a perfectly capable terminal emulator such as xterm. All we need is a way of connecting our terminal emulator to the target serial port in raw mode. As long as the device side is running a login on the receiving end, we can simply let our terminal emulator do what it was designed for.

Source: Let SOcket CAT Be Thy Glue Over Serial, an article by Trevor Wilson.

Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens eating a mealworm

In the afternoon I checked on the Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens sling I keep and noticed that it was resting on the part of the substrate I keep slightly moist. Because it was quite dry I added some water with a dosing syringe expecting the tarantula to take a drink but instead it attacked the water. Time to try to feed it, so I gave it a small mealworm larva, Tenebrio molitor.

Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens eating a mealworm
Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens eating a mealworm, Tenebrio molitor.

I have been taking care of this spiderling since February the 23rd, 2020 when I bought it at the Invertebrate Show in Harmelen.

This tarantula has the common name "Green Bottle Blue" (GBB for short) and is considered a beginner species. For more information on this tarantula read C. cyaneopubescens (or the GBB) by Tom Moran.