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#1 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 19 2019 - 6:38 AM

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I saw this critter crawling in my bathtub which lies near a flyscreened window!
It's about 12mm

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#2 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 19 2019 - 7:37 AM

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Embioptera apparently :)

Webspinner
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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#3 Offline gcsnelling - Posted January 19 2019 - 8:19 AM

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Webspinner as mentioned, but a female at that.



#4 Offline Major - Posted January 20 2019 - 9:15 AM

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Lotta weird stuff in AUS...
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#5 Offline CampoKing - Posted January 20 2019 - 10:22 AM

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Lotta weird stuff in AUS...

 

I love how even Australians get freaked out by Australia lol


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#6 Offline LC3 - Posted January 20 2019 - 2:51 PM

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Well to be fair there are webspinners in North America as well, actually everywhere besides Antarctica. I’ve seen a fair share of them being mistaken for termites, although this one is definitely the most coolest one I’ve seen someone find.

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#7 Offline AntsBC - Posted January 20 2019 - 10:36 PM

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This thread set off my Anti AC Clickbait Title Detector  B)


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#8 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 20 2019 - 11:04 PM

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Well she spun some webs in the test tube I was holding in, against the wet cotton :)

I let her go, but maybe I should have kept her.

Seems easy enough to raise - lab style they do a container, dead leaves for them to nest and spin in.
Then water drops and lettuce as food

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#9 Offline ponerinecat - Posted February 11 2019 - 8:18 PM

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I keep these, pretty easy. Just eat their house of dead leaves and lichen.



#10 Offline Studio - Posted April 2 2019 - 8:23 PM

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I see those here all the time in Texas, but didn't know they could spin webs. I usually feed them to my ants or other insects since they're so abundant during the summer time.

I just did a little reading on them and apparently they live in colonies and eat decomposing matter. I should probably keep a few next time and breed them to feed my other pets.

They seem easy enough to raise.



#11 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 3 2019 - 10:33 PM

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They don't seem to have enough nutrition in them compared to fleshy crickets and roaches

I always see webbed surfaces under loose bark and rocks around here, so it's probably these

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#12 Offline NickAnter - Posted May 18 2019 - 7:15 AM

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In California, I think that we have something similar, as I have seen them fairly frequently, but here, they seem to live in the ground and do not spin webs.



#13 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 18 2019 - 7:20 AM

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In California, I think that we have something similar, as I have seen them fairly frequently, but here, they seem to live in the ground and do not spin webs.


You are referring to Rove Beetles. I don't think these are even related to web spinners.
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