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01 August 2008 @ 02:16 pm
she's sliding around again today.


guess it was too good to be true. i'll have to build her a new home asap.
feelin': sadsad
Wenz: W for wenz.wwenzz on August 1st, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
I've absolutely no knowledge on spideys but i hope Lucien will be okay.
JV: lucienhugdrag0nette on August 1st, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
thanks wendy. :)
The Citygentcitygent on August 1st, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
JV: fatluciendrag0nette on August 1st, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
*sad pout*
(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
When Spider slips
Hi, I am Steven, the same guy ,who pointed to you that punk spider's hairdo sometime back.

Like you, I am keeping jumping spiders as pet too. I have a pair of Hyllus Diardi, a pair of Viciria praemandibularis, 1 x Goliath Jumping Spider (species unknown), and apprx 14 Thiania bhamoensis. You can see some of my pets from my blog http://centaurfly.blogspot.com/ or participate in this forum http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/608348/

From my experience, when spider refuse food and starting to slip in their plastic enclosure, its a sign........

I am not trying to made you feel worried, but in future, if you need some Hyllus Diardi, just let me know. My female diardi, Mina is guarding her eggs at the moment.
JVdrag0nette on August 5th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Re: When Spider slips
hi steven! your goliath boy is a male hyllus diardi. :)

your girl mina seems to be a different colouring. would you say it's because of the lighting. or is she a more orangey yellow? very pretty!

the lab has verified that spiders slipping are not linked to their health. many of the spiderlab residents live for many years after they lose their grip. lucien is still greedy though, perhaps she was just spooked that day when she refused food.

please email me if you want to exchange spideybubs! i have baby plexippus paykulli right now. i may also need to try a different partner on lucien and tiga... apparently siblings mature at different stage so they can't seem to mate.

(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: When Spider slips
I don't think Goliath is a male Hyllus diardi. I have a male diardi and the face pattern differs by a fair bit. The size differs by a lot too. Goliath is nearly as big as a S$1 coin. Male diardi is smaller even than Mina. Male diardi has close to a whitish face. I take some pics of the comparision later.

Perhaps you can help me to get you lab friends to help me ID Goliath? 1 pic from someone else's blog. http://bp2.blogger.com/_pbKM4qxmq4c/R2PVKp97uZI/AAAAAAAACv0/Et8WML0s7mg/s400/12spider.jpg

I also noticed that our females differ a bit in colour. It could be due to the lighting, i suppose. I had 6 paykulli sometime back, but this species don't like to be handed. they keep jumping off my hands. I released them into the garden beside my flat.

JV: tigazzzdrag0nette on August 5th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: When Spider slips
i'm 100% sure goliath is a h. diardi. because tiga looks exactly like him. and i raised tiga from an egg. from the same batch of eggs laid by lucien's mother, lucy. tiga is only slightly smaller than lucien. lucien is 1.5inches.

i have another boy, scout. scout is much smaller than tiga, even though they are from the same parents. scout was hatched from a later clutch of eggs though. i suspect the later batch are not as strong as the first. maybe the first batch snatched all the good genes. haha.

scout and tiga look exactly like your goliath.

did you mate your male h. diardi with mina? if yes, then perhaps mina isn't a true h. diardi. there are many related families, that have not had proper documentation. uncle jeremy, uncle john and i were pondering over it for awhile. we wondered why all the heavy jumpers photographed by nature enthusiasts seem to look different from each other.
(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
Re: When Spider slips
I'll post pics of my Male Diardi, Muscat and Goliath side by side later. Do you have pics of Tiga that I can compare?

I have kept Diardi that's white with black coloration when I was in my school days. There's probably a few colour strain just like the Phidippus sp. from US.

Mina is a recent find from my work place. I tried mating Muscat and Mina, but Mina rejected him. Muscat tried hard to impress her, but Mina ignored his advances.

Two days later, she refused to comes out of her mummy-like nest and I noticed many eggs in her nest. That's why she don't like Muscat.....
JV: tigazzzdrag0nette on August 5th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: When Spider slips
yes, i have too many pics of tiga. haha. pics, vids, and more pics. please email me.

that's him in this icon, but slightly hidden in his bed because i haven't 'revealed' him here yet. if you look hard enough, you can see the same white ring around his legs like your goliath has. i love it, i think he's wearing socks.
JV: bibdrag0nette on August 5th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
Re: When Spider slips
btw, don't forget to make sure the 0 in drag0nette is a zero. :)

exactly what we mean regarding different colour strains - there are many different phidippus sp. (regius, johnsoni etc). h. diardi may not be the only heavy jumpers around these parts, we suspect.

i would love to adopt 5 of mina's babies as a comparison. uncle john and i were thinking of scouting down the orange or white versions of lucy. lucy/lucien/bib/dot are a powdery yellow/cream colour. and we have noticed the orange ones are much much smaller as well.
(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
Re: When Spider slips
Sure, when the spiderlings start to emerge from their nest, I'll inform you. :)
sticker mansilver_crv on August 30th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
JV: tigahey!drag0nette on October 13th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
oooh... i don't know how i missed this comment! the notifications must be going wonky...