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Thu 01, Nov, 2018
Cobalt Blue Tarantula | Haplopelma lividum from Thailand

The team is in search for Haplopelma lividum in the central region of Thailand. Watch the team finding male and female tarantula specimens of this nicely blue colored tarantula species from the genus Haplopelma. We certainly had a great time finding this outstanding species and we were really happy to have find this tarantula in such great conditions.   Female Haplopelma lividum in the wild – watch the Cobalt Blue Tarantula showing off its beauty   In this episode we find a male specimen of Haplopelma lividum in the wild  

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Thu 24, May, 2018
Chile – Grammostola rosea in the nature – with mating footage!

On our recent field-trip to the country of Chile, the team was able to locate several individuals of a tarantula species we know under the name of Grammostola rosea – The Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula. What a jewel we found right there! The colors are simply amazing, no post production needed. The red was amazingly intense, something we have never seen in a captive bred specimen back in Europe. For our close encounter, watch our YouTube video on our channel, embedded below.     This species of tarantula digs deep burrows in the ground, as deep as 40cm in length. […]

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Thu 19, Oct, 2017
Ecuador – Avicularia hirschii found in a special retreat!

Adult male in search of females Our team was lucky enough to find this elusive species of the genus Avicularia two times on our trip through Ecuador. First encounter was a mature male wandering the tree trunks at night. Without further webbing found, this male was actively searching for females to mate. Avicularia hirschii vs. Avicularia lynnae Avicularia hirschii is easily recognizable by its black stripe along its opisthsoma in juvenile specimens and adult males and females. With the newly described Avicularia lynnae, things are getting a little bit more complicated regarding this unique optical feature of the species of […]

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Fri 13, Oct, 2017
Ecuador – Tarantula Diversity at its finest! Acanthoscurria sp. in the Amazon

Wandering through lush jungle, hiking up mountains 4000 meters above sea level – all this within two weeks of time during a dedicated fieldtrip to the north western south american country, Ecuador. The beauty of its landscape and the friendliness of its people is so far one of highlights of all time. At this point, we do not want to tell how many tarantula species we have encountered during the trip, but I can tell you – it was a awful lot.   Acanthoscurria is in need of a revision The first blogpost of the series we want to start with […]

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Sun 12, Apr, 2015
Panama – Sphaerobothria hoffmanni and “Crypsidromus”

Panama is one of the most diverse countries in the world, atleast flora and fauna wise. Due the fact that that it’s part of the landbridge which puts North and South America together, many species from both continents appear in Panama. On our trip to Panama we managed to find a specimen of Sphaerobothria hoffmanni, a theraphosid spider native to Costa Rica. This find was the first record of this monotypic genus in Panama and lead to an article in the Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society. Next to the burrow of the Sphaerobothria hoffmanni we were able to find a […]

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Tue 11, Nov, 2014
USA – Aphonopelma brunnius and A.iviei from central California

This autumn, my girlfriend and I went on a two week vacation to the United States, namely to the state California. We visited several different cities and nationalparks – we had an amazing time! During this trip I really needed to search for tarantulas, since they are very common during this season of the year. It’s mating season in autumn and with a bit of luck you’ll find adult males wandering around in search of females. Our first stop was the Mount Diablo State Park, about an 2 hour drive from San Francisco. We drove all the way to the […]

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Sat 08, Nov, 2014
Thailand – Lonely Chilobrachys sp. Khao Sam Roi Yot

In March 2014, we were able to travel to Thailand for three weeks. On our way from Bangkok to southern Thailand, we stopped near a forest and looked for the typical Chilobrachys burrows in the ground and roadside embarkements. Luckily we spotted one big hole within several minutes. Because it was so easy to find, we thought that there must be more – and so we continued searching in the whole area for other Chilobrachys burrows. After a couple hours of searching, we decided to go back to the first burrow and see whats in there.             […]

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Wed 15, Oct, 2014
Argentina – A new species from Salta! Hapalotremus martinorum sp. nov.

In April 2011, Pato Cavallo, Martin Gamache and myself, Martin Hüsser, made a short trip through the north of Argentina. During this trip we were able to find a new species which now is described and got finally a name. Hapalotremus martinorum sp. nov. (Cavallo et al. 2014) is the name of this beautiful terrestrial species which reminds in it’s appereance a bit of a species from the Cyriocosmus sellatus – complex. After a few days in the Yungas and then a few days searching for Grammostola high up in the mountains we decided to set camp for one last time before […]

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