It has been quite awhile since my last update, hasn't it? And while the Fraser's Hills' butterflies continue to spread and dry on their styrofoam boards (I really can't wait to take them out to show you) I must say that a lot has been happening here regarding our eight legged arachnid friends as well!!! The orb spiders that I brought back from Fraser's Hill, for instance, seemed to coexist rather peaceably within the same enclosure for the better part of the week. That is, until I noticed the smaller spider tying up the larger one with swathes, and pulling it up into it's magnificent orb web. Whether it was the sudden change of temperature or the nauseating drive down (I'm sorry dad, your car IS very difficult to sit in), the larger of the pair did not seem to adapt well to her new home and stayed only on the lower levels of the enclosure. The smaller spider continues to display good health, I'm happy to report, but I can't help but wonder in retrospect if better management of the living arrangements could have helped us to avoid the unfortunate loss.
And speaking about losses, we in fact experienced the misfortune of not one but two arachnid deaths this week when the Honduran curly hair (Brachypelma albopilosum) that Michelle was kind enough to send to me as a contribution to my growing collection arrived dead in the mail. As you can imagine, it was quite a downer for all of us.
|My poor Curly Sue... rest in peace.|
Bad all this sadness aside, I do have some rather exciting new arrivals to report and they are three ALIVE and kicking beautiful tarantulas that have come into our home just today! For some reason or other, I had always imagined that I would be raising Keric to full maturity before attempting any more arachnids, but it seems as if these little creatures have sunk their fangs into my heart and given me the Spider Fever!!! As such our current role call of eight legged critters are:
Species: Chilean rose (Grammostola rosea)
Species: Honduran curly-hair (Brachypelma albopilosum)
Species: Mexican red-knee (Brachypelma smithi)
Species: Brazilian black and white (Nhandu coloratovillosus)
As you can see, they are really quite small individuals for the time being, but (or so I have been told by experienced breeders) the two species B. albopilosum and N. coloratovillosus are rather fast growing so I suppose it won't be too long before new accommodations are required!!! Am severely excited (I love landscaping terrariums!!!) In the meantime, though, I will admit that the one I am most looking forward to raising to adulthood is the Mexican red-knee (B. smithi) as it is probably the most "colorful" spider I've attempted to raise yet!!! In the meantime, I suppose the addition of so many new arachnids into my collections marks the end of the "Anthologies of Keric the Arachnid" series. Instead, do look out for our future eight-legged updates through The Web!!!