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06 October 2007 @ 08:41 pm
lucy the momma! (edit: but tragedy strikes)  
when john first found lucy, he'd mentioned that she looked preggers (gravid, in spider terms). upon her arrival, i took a look at her fat tummy and agreed with john. however, as the days passed, our hopes dimmed because she didn't look like she had any intention to make her cocoon or lay any eggs. every night, she went to sleep standing on the jar walls. this made me a little worried about whether she felt uncomfortable in her new home. everyday, i hoped to see her spin a hammock to sleep in, even if it wasn't a cocoon for eggs.

she was also not eating like a pig, like munster did before laying her eggses. thus, i began to think that maybe she wasn't gravid after all. she actually only accepted one flying ant, since arriving at my place.

this morning, i opened my eyes and peered at her jar next to my bed. i didn't see her familiar shape walking around or standing anywhere, through my myopic blurriness. so i popped my specs on to take a closer look. she was sitting in a cocoon! i was so happy to see it. whether or not she lays eggs, i was just happy that she was making herself at home finally.

the cocoon looked totally white, so i didn't detect any eggs. didn't matter. i had a drink of water and took a coupla pictures of her jar. then, i went to the loo. when i came back and had another look, i saw a yellow blob!

she must have laid her eggs in those few minutes. i could have sworn i saw that she was still fat and round, just a few minutes ago! i was so excited that i couldn't go back to bed!

this saves me from maybe 30 mozzie bites if i had gone to find her a man. :) which i was intending to. i can't wait to see how cute lucy's bubbas are gonna be!

my little queen will be guarding her eggses for awhile, possibly about two weeks. in the meantime, here are some lucy pics i took over the last few days. enjoy!

edit: tragedy struck! lucy just ate her own eggses! john did mention that tarantulas eat their own eggs when stressed, so i should put her on a quiet shelf from now. which i did. she wasn't disturbed all day. just now, i peeked at her from a distance and saw her sitting outside her cocoon. thought it was rather strange and took a closer look. she was wiping her fangs the way she would after a meal, and her tummy was fat again. i thought that was highly suspicious and brought her jar to the light to have a looksee. her eggses are gone! looks like i may have to find her a man after all...

edit again: found an extract online that said female spiders sometimes eat their own inviable eggs. so perhaps her eggses haven't been fertilised. :(

feelin': distresseddistressed
The Citygent: EnchanterGentcitygent on October 6th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
she's lovely and looking radiant after giving birth. Mind you... those pics were prob from before, right?

heh - she was probably waiting for you to wake up and go away so she could drop sprogs in peace ;o)
JV: laughdrag0nette on October 6th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
lol! dude, if you read the text - i mentioned that these pics are from the last few days while she laid her eggses this morning. :)

she probably didn't expect me to wake up when i did. it was a little early in the day for me!
The Citygent: younggreygentcitygent on October 6th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
aww - I reckons she was up all night in labour, thinking "When is the black UFO going to go away so I can dump these and have a nap?"
JV: huhdrag0nette on October 6th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
tragedy just struck! updating the entry now...
.that girl.: rawr!girlwhowaits on October 7th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
i must be delirious with hunger... lucy's bolster looks like an ice cream biscuit to me O_o
JV: laughdrag0nette on October 7th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
it does, doesn't it? it's a cork. :)

i can't get over how happy and devastated this little girl has made me yesterday. sigh.
.that girl.: headcasegirlwhowaits on October 7th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
Oh yah, went to King's Park today and had to snap this when I saw it.

Spidey love :)

JV: leaf116drag0nette on October 7th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
that is a beautiful web! :D
Wenzwwenzz on October 7th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
ohgosh.. sorry to hear about the tragedy. she indeed needs a male for her eggs.

have i tell you that lucy is sucha pretty girl? i'm wowed by her!
JV: leaf116drag0nette on October 7th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
thanks wendy! :)
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on October 7th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
my mom also say nice!
JV: leaf116drag0nette on October 7th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
haha! aww... thanks HH and auntie! :)
(Anonymous) on October 7th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
so beautiful.

what's a mozzie bite?
kyle cassidykylecassidy on October 7th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
JV: huhdrag0nette on October 8th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
what a waste huh. will keep trying!
JVdrag0nette on October 8th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
thank you!

mozzies are mosquitoes. :)
farah ^_~farahdean on October 8th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
been a while since i came in to check on your spidey family. your little queen is so hair-ily scary!!!
JV: laughdrag0nette on October 8th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
heh... you're the first one to say she's scary. :)
ilovepearly on October 8th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
I guess spider like being in a quiet area being less disturb. I don't see spider around much. Though I am not scare if their contain in a tank or something. Lucy seems small, Is she going to grow big? What do she eat?
JV: leaf116drag0nette on October 8th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Lucy
she's already an adult. she's about one inch in body length. :)
senprojectsen on October 10th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
wow! crystal clear photos! :-)

JVdrag0nette on October 13th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
hey sen! thankyoo. :) :)
Matted_dirt on October 12th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
Don't be too stressed about finding her a male. I had a black widow in a jar for over a year and she laid four or five egg sacs that hatched in that time and she never had any contact with any males during that whole period.

I believe that one fertilization is good for hundreds if not thousands of viable spider eggs.
JVdrag0nette on October 13th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
i hope so too! we have no way of knowing if she did mate or not before she was found... fingers, toes and eyes crossed!

in any case, to be sure, i will still go and have a looksee. no harm being doubly sure. :) will be fun too (besides the mozzie bites)
Babyravenbabyraven on November 10th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this is true for most spider species. (Poor drag0nette, she's gonna think I'm obsessed at the rate I'm commenting -- but I've never before found an LJ that blended 2 of my obsessions so beautifully!)

Anyway, they can often store viable sperm for years from a single mating. :)
JV: lucydrag0nette on November 10th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
yeh, we were all pretty sure she has already mated before. but due to this egg-eating incident, we wanted to eliminate all possibilities of failure by finding her a guy - which is on hold for now if you read ahead... she has laid a second clutch and i'm waiting to see if they will emerge at all. :)
Matted_dirt on October 12th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
Beautiful photos of a beautiful spider, btw.
JVdrag0nette on October 13th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
thankyoo matt! i owe it all to the cute subject. :)