insects as pets

So, we don’t kill spiders in this household, we either leave them alone or escort them out to the front field where they can be free and happy. A few have made webs in set places (like George in the bathroom, who guards our toilet paper, and Bethany, descendant of Beth, who has a tiny web above my bed). I like my spiders.

Tonight, I’m lying here trying to write a damn story, and there’s this FLY buzzing around my room in the dark, blundering into everything and generally being an obnoxious little shit, every once in a while finding my screen just to be extra intrusive. Then suddenly it stops, and I just hear buzzing in one place. over and over.

I turned my light on and sure as shit, Bethany had it in her web and was working her hardest to silence my foe.

Good job Bethany. Thank you.


“Here’s your little dance, now I’m out of here” L3 Hestiasula sp. (Boxer Mantis) nymph ali. #ali #hestiasula #boxermantis #boxer #nymph #prayingmantis #mantis #mantodea #science #entomology #nature #animals #arthropod #invertebrates #insects #exotic #pet #alien #photography #mantismonarch #dancemantisdance

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An Insect Seller 1920s by Blue Ruin 1

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />A young boy choosing an insect cage from a mushi-uri (insect peddler).

“Sways for days” L2 Phyllocrania paradoxa (Ghost Mantis) nymph.
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This is the pure “Innisfail” locality which is often labelled as the “Lichen” Macleay’s spectre. The lichen form is not garunteed though and only seems to happen if nymphs are surrounded by lichens whilst growing. The lichen colour morph potentially occurs in other localities. Even with the stimulus of lichen present the colour morph still seems rare, only 2 show it out of 40.


Some Hollow Knight drawings made thanks to discord.

1st, Termite enemies.
Termite Bull - Charges at intruders with great strength though they have a hard time stopping, their heads are too solid for Nail to cut through so it is recommended to attack their soft backs.
Termite spitter - Spits acid at the enemies from distance and will attempt to run when the enemy gets too close.
Termite slasher - usual workers will still defend the colony, those termites will slash with speed using their large claws.

2nd Bug pets.
flik - Flea like little bug, drinks only liquids. Active when not bellyfull.
Gruu - larva looking bug, eats almost anything. Very playful and active.
Ufloa - Overly fuzzy bug, one of the most prefered between Hallownest wealth, silky fur and elegant, they are also often a bit more demanding, needing more care. Usually eats vegetation or small things like eggs, seeds or other bugs.
Puso - Very lazy pet bug and very low maintenance, mostly eats vegetation, it is still very jealous about sharing its owner attention.

3rd spiders.
Peacock spider - Suggested by discord user, I drew the spider looking a lot more like a monk of sorts rather than a flamboyant spider.
Ogre Faced spider - also suggested by the same user, a spider that has huge eyes and loves some literature.

4th random grubs.
A grub meeting a Mimic and the other was a curious grub suggested by a discord user.

A Bug’s Life with Adrian Kozakiewicz

To see more of Adrian’s adventures and collection, follow @insecthaus_adi on Instagram.

For many people, the idea of a giant bug perched on their nose is the stuff of nightmares. But for Adrian Kozakiewicz (@insecthaus_adi), it’s a dream come true. “I want people to pay attention to the beauty of insects – their colors, shapes, the way they behave. These are amazing animals!” Born in Poland, Adrian moved to Germany when he was 12 and discovered tropical insects in a pet store. Now 20 years old, Adrian travels to the rainforests and jungles of southeast Asia multiple times a year on insect hunting expeditions. He has more than 70 species in his collection, making him one of the largest insect breeders in Europe. “My favorite is a very big and very rare mantis species from Malaysia called Toxodera beieri,” or the Dragon Mantis, says Adrian, who specializes in praying mantises. “She’s the queen of all the mantis species.” As for those nightmares? Adrian understands. “Most of my species are very large and look like aliens,” he says. “It’s natural for people to be afraid of animals they don’t know.”