October 26th, 2016

Spider senses tingling at British Tarantula Society’s annual exhibition

LEGS were in abundance at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Sunday.

The possessors of two, six and eight came together for The British Tarantula Society’s annual exhibition – an event nicknamed ‘The Crufts of The Spider World – which featured over 50,000 spiders, scorpions and other insects from the world over.

BTS vice chairman Ray Hale said: “To be honest, it would be impossible to count how many spiders are on display but I think 50,000 is a conservative estimate.

“Our main aim is to educate people about these wonderful and yet truly misunderstood creatures.

Society members had been busy preparing their prized creatures for a series of awards including Best Brachypelma Species, Best New World Terrestrial and Best Scorpion.

Ray, who has about 200 tarantulas at his home in Sussex, added: “This is an opportunity for like-minded spider keepers or people, who are simply interested, to find out more.

Visit www.thebts.co.uk for further details.