Spiders put on a high-wire show

Two Garden Orb-weavers put on a high-wire courtship display adjacent to our rainforest balcony here at Minibeast Wildlife. A large male appeared at the edge of the web and tried to lure the female out of her web in order to mate. He needed to be careful, as despite his…

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Rainbow Stags aplenty

We are in the the middle of a Rainbow Stag bonanza. We have just had a large number of captive bred Rainbow Stag Beetles (Phalacrognathus muelleri) arrive from our breeder for sale in our online Bugshop and for use in our education programs. It also seems to be the year…

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There’s a Zoo in my Backyard!

It has arrived! Let me introduce Minibeast Wildlife’s first published book, “There’s a Zoo in my Backyard!”.  It is a children’s picture book aimed at getting kids into their gardens looking at bugs. The advance copies have just arrived and the rest should arrive prior to Christmas. Thanks to Annie…

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Baby Australian Tarantulas

Our first batch of baby tarantulas for this season have emerged. These are Phlogius species (Kuranda). These little ones are 1st instar and are being kept in batches of around ten spiders until they moult again. At which time they will need to be separated into individual housing to prevent…

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On reflection…

Here’s a Wolf spider we recently found on a trip to Karma Waters Station in far north QLD. I usually photograph animals in either their habitat or on a white background for use on our site or in publications. In this instance though I decided to have a play with…

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Car insurance huntsman style

We recently provided some of our huge Holconia immanis as stars in an upcoming car insurance TV commercial. The commercial was shot in Sydney over two days with our spiders featuring throughout. Minibeast Wildlife’s Natasha Shadie was on hand to wrangle and control the spiders so that the did exactly…

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Minibeast Wildlife turns 10!

This July we celebrate our 10th Birthday! Our business began in 2005 in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. Originally Minibeast Wildlife operated as a part-time business while Deanna and myself worked full-time within Melbourne Museum’s Live Exhibits Unit. In the early days we conducted school visits and parties throughout Victoria and had…

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Fantastic Phyllium

Here are some of the Australian Leaf Insects Phyllium monteithi we have been breeding. One of our populations originated from a single female specimen that Gerhard Hillmann and myself happened across after Cylone Ita last year here in Kuranda. Gerhard spotted the adult female sitting upon a Golden Penda (Xanthostemon…

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Crazy internet

In 2011 we posted an April Fools joke on our blog site Minibeast Wildlife – Rainforest Encounters. The joke was a huge over-sized huntsman with a leg-span greater than any living spider species. The accompanying story was full of hints that it was a joke – including the scientific name we…

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New website!

We have just launched our new Minibeast Wildlife website –  the one you are now visiting. Our new site is fully responsive (phone and tablet friendly) and more user friendly than our old html site. The old site has served us well since 2008, but with the growth and diversification of…

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