Yes, there were some real surprises. Seeing the big mama tarantula with the young was remarkable. Most tarantulas are in no way gregarious. In fact, they often cannibalize their own young. So seeing that was very unusual. But it may make sense. It looks like when they go out at night as a group, they can catch and kill larger prey by working together. We also discovered that those spiders appeared to be keeping a pet. There was a little frog that lived down in the hole with the spiders. It may offer some sort of service to spiders, like sweeping up ants that might bother the spiders.
The Chicken Spider has been confirmed as one of these new species. Identified as being within the genus Pamphobeteus.
I've even discovered a couple of new species ... one is a small, brown, stripey tarantula that builds the most incredible tube webs. It is going to be named after me.
A small brown "stripey" tarantula?
And who is going to name it after him?
He seems soft, a little touched. Like the whole world is humouring him.
If this is real I shall systematically convert every article of clothing in my wardrobe to pink.