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Notes from the Lab: Water Striders

  • February 13, 2020

Striders, skeeters, skippers, water bugs, pond skaters, or Jesus bugs; these predacious, aquatic insects go by so many common names that there’s inevitable contention whenever... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Everyone Molts

  • February 6, 2020

It happens to everyone. As we get older, we outgrow everything. Shoes, clothes, interests (the 90’s, anyone?). As insects grow, they... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

  • January 30, 2020

The humble hisser. Despite their docile nature, this large, flightless species of cockroach causes repulsion in some people. Many folks associate... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Ghost Mantis

  • January 23, 2020

I try not to play favorites when it comes to our animals (I adore each and every one of them) but... Continue Reading

Notes From the Lab: Tarantula Behavior

  • January 16, 2020

One of the common questions we receive at MBHI is “are tarantulas friendly?” The answer is not a simple yes or... Continue Reading

Notes From the Lab: Amblypygids

  • January 9, 2020

You’re not looking at an alien. This is Phrynus marginemaculatus, a species of amblypygid native to southern Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas. Amblypygids... Continue Reading

Notes From the Lab: Socotra Island Blue Baboon Tarantula

  • January 2, 2020

Phew! What a mouthful! Our Socotra Island Blue Baboon tarantula slings (that’s “spiderlings” for the non-hobbyists) are the newest edition to... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Desert Hairy Scorpion

  • December 19, 2019

It’s time to meet another member of the arachnid class: Hadrurus arizonensis, the desert hairy scorpion. These nocturnal desert dwellers are the largest scorpion... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Bess Beetles

  • December 12, 2019

This week I want to introduce you to our small herd of Odontotaenius disjunctus, or Bess Beetles! These ground-dwelling, social insects belong to... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Goliath Bird-eating Tarantula

  • December 5, 2019

This week, we’re talking about everyone’s favorite tarantula: Polly, the Goliath Birdeater! Polly is easily one of MBHI’s most popular animals,... Continue Reading