Valentine’s Day Invertebrate Style
On this Valentine’s Day, we’re pleased to note that love is in the air at Butterfly Pavilion! The romance centers around our ambassador tarantula, Rosie, and her amorous companion, Casanova. The pair were introduced via Butterfly Pavilion’s captive tarantula breeding program.
Most people aren’t aware of Butterfly Pavilion’s captive breeding program, but it is important to us because it helps eliminate the need for collection of tarantulas from their native habitats and also helps ensure that endangered species are protected.
Currently, we have five species of tarantulas in our breeding program: the critically endangered Mexican Pink tarantula (Brachypelma klassi), another critically endangered species Gooty Sapphire Ornamental (Poecilotheria metallica), the Honduras Curly Hair tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosum), Rosie’s beautiful rainforest cousin the Brazilian Black (Grammostola pulchra), and finally, Miss Rosie herself, a healthy Chilean Rose-haired tarantula (Grammostola rosea)!
This very special Rosie has met a handsome male Chilean Rose-haired tarantula named Casanova and they appear to be in love! While most tarantulas have to be separated after mating, these two prefer to spend time together. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing some baby Rosies come summertime!