We have recently been donated two beautiful juvenile veiled chameleons Chamaeleo calyptratus by a local breeder, we have named these fascinating lizards Micky and Mallory. They are now settling in well in our reptile section and are feeding gluttonously on small locusts and flies.
We have had an emergence of humming bird hawk-moths Macroglossum stellatarum that can now be found (with some patience) fluttering around the flight area. These magnificent moths can be seen emerging from pupae or free flying - definitely of interest to the Lepidopterist!
Last Tuesday (Aug 20th) FYFFES plc - Coventry ripening site, brought in another deadly wandering spider Phoneutria sp. Soon we are planning a trip to the site to investigate how this deadly genus survives so regularly while other so called "banana spiders" are often killed by the pesticides used there. We shall also collect any species we find - encountered species also usually include Widow spiders Latrodectus mactans., Huntsman spiders Heteropoda sp., Cuban tree frogs Osteopilus septentrionalis and many centipede species (class Chilopoda). Unfortunately, as can be seen in the illustration, this most recent Phoneutria has lost one of its rear limbs in transit but, like other inverts, can luckily renew the lost limb after a few successful moults.