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Category Archives: Notes from the Lab

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

Notes from the Lab: Domino Roach

  • November 29, 2019

When you think of cockroaches, “cute” isn’t usually the first word that comes to mind. Yet that is how Therea petiveriana, or the... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Vietnamese Walking Stick

  • November 21, 2019

Medauroidea extradentata. You know them, you love them. Chances are, if you’ve spent any time with us, you’ve held them. The Vietnamese... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Two-Spotted Assassin Bugs

  • November 11, 2019

This week I want to introduce you to our own Deadly Viper Assassination Squad: Platymerus biguttatas or, the Two-Spotted Assassin Bug. If you... Continue Reading