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06 January 2009 @ 08:09 pm
lucia arrives!  
john came by and brought my new furry girl! =)


this is something i observed of salticids. when their vision is less than crystal clear, they tend to be less jittery and frightened. it's like looking at the world through rose coloured (murky?) lenses. no clear vision = no sight of enemies. like an ostrich with its head in the ground. teehee!

so, lucia was very calm in her little takeaway tub, happy and oblivious.

when i opened the lid, she had a sudden whiff of the world around her and everything suddenly became crystal clear! she panicked, scuttled out of the tub, jumped onto my hand, bounced off and landed on my desk, then jumped onto my hand again, and bounced off again, and made for my imac screen.

so i decided not to try to get an open pic of her for today and just put her in her new home instead. i'll try handling her again when i get some cricket meals for her, make her fat and play with her after that.

she is slightly smaller than lucy and lucien were, but is very sprightly and healthy. she is more happy exploring than lucy was, even though both were adults brought in from the wild. lucy used to spend a lot of her time hiding and staying very still, doing the 'you-can't-see-me-if-i-don't-move' thing.

lucia has chosen a nice little spot for her hammock between the fabric leaf and the ceiling, spun her bed, and turned in for the night.

i feel normal again. i must admit that i have been feeling a little out of sorts when the last of my hyllus diardi passed on. that would be bib, by the way. she left about a week after her big sister, lucien.

thank you, john! she is so impossibly cute.

hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on January 6th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
she is beautiful!
wishingleafwishingleaf on January 6th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
yes ...she is very pretty...
doesnt give me tat scary feeling
JV: lucienhugdrag0nette on January 6th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
hi wishingleaf! =) welcome to my journal!

she is indeed very pretty! i'm happy to show people that spiders don't have to be scary. =)
wishingleafwishingleaf on January 7th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
all the pics...so well taken...
as if she knows that you are taking pics of her
JV: bibdrag0nette on January 7th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
actually hor... what you see are the few best shots out of like 30 NGs. teehee!
JVdrag0nette on January 6th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
thanks HH! i'm glad you said that so naturally... you've come a long way from munster days! =)
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on January 7th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
hehe, yes it is.
tripleransomtripleransom on January 6th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
She is a pretty girl!
JVdrag0nette on January 6th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
thanks sweetie! =)
The Citygentcitygent on January 6th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
compact and bijou :o)
JVdrag0nette on January 6th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
le petit princesse =)

actually she isn't small... she's maybe a coupla mm smaller than lucien. =)
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JV: lucienwha?drag0nette on January 7th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
je ne comprends pas français... =)


she is amazing. for some strange reason, she is not as shy as lucy was. she seems very at home in her clear jar. and she doesn't startle at my movements the way lucy used to. =)
ex_neke on January 10th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
JVdrag0nette on January 11th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
WickedWeedwickedweed on January 14th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
what's the life-span of this spider like? seems like its been around forever leh. i think you should find her a mate and start breeding and selling them. you'll be the first spider-breeder in Singapore!
JV: lucydrag0nette on January 14th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
teehee! this is lucia, she's new. my old girl lucien has passed away. lucien's mother lucy has also passed away. they all look alike! =)

i don't think AVA will appreciate me selling spiders! haha! i do intend to breed lucia, but only to raise and study the bubs. the lab does not have much info on this species.