When you’re interested in keeping insects, or other small animals, you often turn to shows. It’s a way to meet other passionate breeders, discover new species and make a few purchases.
For those of you who have already been to these shows, you are well aware that you often spend all your savings there! But that’s another story.
The problem I have with these shows in France (where I live) is that it’s often difficult to find what we are looking for, and a little more diversity. When it comes to insects here, they are associated to collections, and so, to deadstock. As a consequence, 80% of the stands are dedicated to insects for collectors.
And what about us? Hobbyists and insects, arthropods or invertebrates’ breeders? We get by as best we can, sometimes visit reptile shows where we may find a few animals that we like, but in the end, there’s not much to see.
The Eastern Invert Show
On Sunday the 16th, I went to visit my father in England, during a special event: The Eastern Invert Show in Bedford. I didn’t have much expectations for this one, I expected a usual show with lots of collections, a few insects and spiders. (Something exciting for me, as keeping tarantulas is illegal in France!)
But this time, no collections, no deadstock, only living creatures! And also, some specialist equipment of course.
With a smile on my face, I started looking around, and I couldn’t stop as there were so many amazing things to see.
The only problem here is that this place is full of tarantulas and of course, I wouldn’t be able to bring one back to France, but this didn’t stop me from being amazed with everything I saw.
For those who are scared of tarantulas, or even spiders in general, I had the opportunity to meet someone from Spider Courage Experience, a specialist company which helps people with arachnophobia to not be scared anymore. It can seem impossible to you now, but with the help of this kind of person, you could one day not fear them anymore and not feel stressed when you see one (or when you don’t see it anymore!).
I had the opportunity myself to hold a tarantula. A Grammostola rosea named Beyonce.
Everything there was breathtaking, magnificent creatures on the stands, entertainment for the whole family. I’m going to show you some pictures to give you an idea as it’s difficult to describe all of this with words.
I had the opportunity to see spiders, snails, millipedes, centipedes, locusts, beetles, slugs, ants, butterflies, in short, there’s something for everyone.
By the way, on top of seeing incredible animals, I was able to make contacts. I am therefore going to share their knowledge with you very soon, so you can breed these small animals yourself.
A little spoiler about one of my future articles : try to find the species.
And here, not everyone is seriously dressed, beware of the giant cockroaches!
Thanks to him, I hope to guide the bravest of you to centipedes breeding
I finished this day with a small show about the dangerous creatures led by Bugfest before taking the train to go back home in Paris.
Don’t forget to comment if you know the species I told you about, if you’ve already forgotten, it’s the little spider in the picture above.
I hope that you enjoyed this article and that it made you travel a little, and it may inspire some of you to go a little further! See you soon with my new friend, the owl (also met at the show).