Just before 4pm I noticed that the Caribena versicolor I keep had
molted for the first time in my care. In the early afternoon I had
added water to the enclosures of each of the ten tarantulas I keep,
mostly slings. And I guess the increase in humidity triggered the
molting process in the little spider. Or maybe it was just ready.
After I had taken two photos with my iPhone 5 with a LED ring light
plus macro lens I
noticed a small mealworm crawling around in the enclosure. I always
crush the head of mealworms prior to feeding them to my spiders, but I
guess I didn't do it right with this one.
As the Caribena versicolor shouldn't eat for at least a week after
molting I removed the mealworm and tried to feed it to the Hapalopus
sp. Colombia "large" I keep. This spider also molted recently; I found
an exuviae with it the 21st of this month. But it was not
interested in eating the small mealworm.
In the end I fed the small mealworm to the Chromatopelma
cyaneopubescens, which detected the wriggling prey item and picked it
up to eat it.
Random Strings and Integers That Actually Aren’t
Recently the topic of generating random-looking coupon codes and
other strings came up on internal chat. My go-to for something like
that is always this
solution based on
Feistel networks, which I didn’t think was terribly obscure. But I
was surprised when nobody else seemed to recognize it, so maybe it
In the evening I noticed that the Pterinochilus murinus Red Color
Form (RFC) I keep was out in the open, eating a mealworm that I had
given to it earlier. Normally it eats inside its burrow, but now it
I carefully moved the enclosure; a plastic container, and moved the
clips away from the lid. Next, I got my iPhone 5 ready with a LED ring light
and a macro lens.
While I carefully took several photos the tarantula moved around a
bit while holding its prey.