General23 Jul 2009 12:09 pm

A month or more ago, I picked up five new friends for our critter closet, all scorpions and all juvenile.

Raising any insects from a young stage is very rewarding because you see a lot of growth and moulting as they age. Of course, these very stages can also be frustrating as they are the most difficult for the young ‘uns to get through. Moults can go wrong in any number of ways, and I have unfortunately lost a few tarantulas to moults gone wrong.

Three of the smallest scorpions we have just went through a week of moulting. They all moulted within days of each other, and it was fun to watch. The species is Tityus falconesis, aka Tityus magnimanus. They are now in third instar and about an inch long.

falconesis magnmanus tityus scorpion

falconesis magnmanus tityus scorpion

falconesis magnmanus tityus scorpion

I shot these with my digital Canon point and shoot, but also borrowed a macro lens from a co-worker for my old school film Nikon. Hope those turn out well!

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