We have quite a small number of adult female spiders here at the moment, in comparison to the 400 or so that used to keep us busy. This has not stopped us attempting to breed what we have. 2016 season will be our stepping stone back to full strength – we are expecting only four eggsacks before the end of the year and this is obviously not a guaranteed result- happy to get what we get.
Our females are now being fed up and kept in relative silence in our spider room, covered in Tshirts (yep, that’s right) I find keeping them covered increases the chances of a successful sack. Less disturbance equals less eaten eggsacks.
I am expecting our Poecilotheria regalis to drop her eggsack within the next week or so… reason being, she has started excavations of a large chamber underneath the cork bark tube and completely sealed off her entrance.
On a less serious note, I plan to either visit or order from our friends at http://www.thespidershop.co.uk next week as I’m hearing that there are a couple of Asian imports arriving very soon. plan to get my ex-Haplopelma fix before Christmas.
Absolutely chuffed, grinning from ear to ear to find this newly moulted mature male Cyriopagopus sp.”hatihati”. Need to allow him to recover, make a sperm web, and then introduce to the female.
Poecilotheria subfusca lowland will be introduced tonight
Received a male Poecilotheria regalis from Dave (Lonegunman). He’s an older MM but still seems very active.
Introduced P.regalis male to the females enclosure and left overnight. He’ll stay there for 5 days.
Cyriopagopus schioedeti pair were both placed inside a breeding box in their enclosures (lids off) so there is a bit more room for the male to escape if needed. I’ll keep them like this for at least 3 days.
Mature Male Poecilotheria subfusca lowland arrived – frisky little bugger.
Female shown below.
Other arrivals include a pair of Cyriopagopus schioedeti
Largest female Poecilotheria metallica moulted just in time for the Mature Male we have arriving next week. A few weeks of intensive feeding before introduction is needed.