Monday, April 27, 2009

4th to 5th instars

The scorplings have started molting from 4th instar to 5th instar.

Molted 5th instars. Their carapace hasn't completely darkened yet.

4th instar.

Demeter, their mother.

I still haven't named this one =_=""

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

scared of the camera XD

Sunday, February 1, 2009

return from hiatus

I am proud to report that I finally have something to report!

Say hello to the 4th instars!
hiding under Demeter
le skins

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

moulting again

I return with pics!
3.50 pm - one scorpling has just started to moult. It's exoskeleton breaks/splits/cracks open between the carapace and the chelicerae(mouth part thingys). Look at the arrow. It then squeezes through that opening.

6.50 pm - halfway through...

9.50 pm - It's done. Although because i was too busy watching Mummy 3, I don't know for sure what time it finished moulting =_=
1 - 2nd instars
2 - newly moulted 3rd instar
3 - skin of number 2
4 - 3rd instar. Moulted some time ago but it's exoskeleton hasn't darkened enough yet.

3rd Instar!

4 scorplings have molted into 3rd instars. These are the skins. They're just about 2cm long.

Here's a closeup of one. It probably just finished molting a few hours ago. The telson(venom bulb) is still white but will turn a yellowish-brown later. The four eyes (2 near the mouth, the other 2 are quite close together so it looks like there is only one eye) can be seen very clearly. The armour/exoskeleton will also turn dark green/black later.

edit: the 2 eyes near the mouth are the lateral eyes. The other two are the two median eyes.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

One scorpling has molted again! Here's the skin. It's so small!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

So the midget has died. It wasn't eating at all and kept isolating itself from the others. I found it half submerged in the water dish and when I prodded it it was dead.