Here's the second post about her. This is about 90 minutes later. As their cuticule hardens it initially turns blue, then darker and darker until they are the familiar gray and black color.
Arthropod exoskeletons harden after ecdysis by oxidation and cross linking of biopolymers. Some enzymes help in this, but it is pretty much a passive process driven by diffusion of oxygen, so the thicker the cuticule is the longer it takes. Also contrary to popular belief it is not chitin that gives them their strength. Chitin is actually a very pliable, kinda soft and transparent plastic like material. Another substance, sclerotin is what constitutes the hard part of the exoskeleton. It's made of a confusing big mix of proteins that readily cross link and form a brittle, horn like structure. By mixing these 2 in different amounts arthropods build their cuticule.
Yesterday I put a pair of polyspilotta mantis together and this morning I found the female was in the process of eating the male which had lost its head and one of its “arms” was lying on the floor which you can see in the first video. They were not mating but the male was still on the females back so I pulled the pair out of the viv and gently moved the male to the end of the females abdomen and hey presto, he started searching for the right place to mate. Took him 5 minutes but finally, even without a head, he started to mate with the female and continued for another 20 minutes which you can see in the last short video !!!!!! This is perfectly normal behaviour believe it or not... how bizarre is that ??? So now have a guaranteed mated female and the situation is rescued #mating#cannibalism#mantis#mantids#mantid #mantidae#odditiesandcuriosities#insectsofinstagram#insects#invertebrates#invertebrate#weird#arthropods#arthropod#nature#insect
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I’m bursting with joy today, after discovering that the place I booked in Key Largo for our anniversary weekend away is beyond my expectations!
I don’t like public beaches. People are loud, they’re packed (in Miami) and they play music. I want to listen to the waves, I want snacks, quiet time and to float face down and explore the shallows. I booked this Airbnb because they had a small private beach front with a wall on one side and a stone dock onto the water, and I thought “That looks like the perfect place for tiny life to flourish”
I was RIGHT! There’s nudibranchs EVERYWHERE! I wish I’d brought my dive case for my phone so I could take it in further, but I left it at home by accident! Bad me!!! The grasses here are about 1-3 feet deep, and covered in tiny anemones, which are being predated on by at least two species of nudibranch!!! This i believe is a Hermissenda crassicornis, but it’s a color variant to this locality in Florida. ((Their colors are widely variable)) I have to do a little more digging to be 100% sure, but I know their reach is this far and even a bit farther! So weird to see a species from back home (The Pacific Northwest) in tropical waters?!! Edit: This is Dondice occidentalis!
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And here she is the next day. This is her 4th molt in my care (I think). She has grown so much already, but has plenty of growing left to do too. These Heterophrynus get enormous, granted they are mostly leg, their body doesn't get much larger than a 2€ coin.
Also that was the last post about this, sorry for the spam but man are whip spider molts spectacular.
This is a lil charcoal seed bug cruising along the edge of a canyon in Las Vegas. I honestly couldn’t find a lot of information on this species because everything about them on the internet was buried underneath articles about Californians freaking out because these bugs appeared in large numbers in Palm Springs two years ago lol. They pose zero threat to humans so idk what the big fuss was about. This species of bug typically won’t appear in large numbers like that until they’re ready to migrate, so it was only a temporary problem that lasted until their migration. I assume that the reason they group up prior to migration has something to do with a ‘safety in numbers’ defense mechanism (birds probably love picking these guys off). On another note, whenever I find a genuinely helpful Instagram page that provides me with some sort of knowledge gain or value, I gotta show appreciation and share with my followers. I don’t know this dude whatsoever so this shoutout will hopefully be a pleasant surprise to him but long story short I originally wasn’t sure what this species of bug was until I thought to search @jptraveler86 insta account last night and scroll around for a bit. He provides photos of a variety of invertebrates, reptiles, and other small critters from Cali and AZ with the name of the species labeled with the photo. I used it almost like an encyclopedia of invertebrates, eventually finding a photo of a charcoal seed bug he had posted. Otherwise I may have misidentified this as a stink bug and misinformed you guys. Couldn’t find anything on the internet that resembled the bug I had photographed until I saw his page. Check it out if you’re into western desert wildlife!
All of the texture and natural holes in our sinkable driftwood makes it easy for this one-armed wonder to still be able to climb about her habitat 💜 Think outside the reptile box- what other critters would you love to keep? Vampire crabs are beautiful and entertaining little pets.
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@grit_craptastic Angelita Martinez “Mary’s Giant Skipper” acrylic on wood panel 8” x 8” // Come by this week to see our current group exhibit! Wine tasting this eve 5-7pm + bottle sale, don’t let those clouds get you down 🌗
Have you noticed these crazy, bizarre looking, tube shaped organisms washing up on our beaches here at CIMI?! These interesting looking creatures are called pyrosomes and YES they are alive! These animals are a type of tunicate, which are a type of marine invertebrate. Nick-named the "sea pickle" for their appearance, they can grow up to over 20 meters in length! Next time your at the beach, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these strange but super cool animals! Make sure to Click the link in our bio to learn more! 👍🏼 #CIMI#CimiScience#Pyrosomes#Seapickle#Tunicate#Invertebrate#FireBodies
Perhaps a more descriptive image for the common name of Deroplatys desiccata (Dead Leaf Mantis)! ..... Too soon for jokes? 😬
So this is the result of leaving the male and female connected over night 😬 She had a good feed, and he was too old to pair with another female, so he’d have only been put out to pasture anyway.....I’m ok with this outcome.
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