Advertisement Okay, for those of you who followed the purple spider discussion, this is a sling purchased for my niece and me to raise together. She wanted a purple pokie because she loves purple and thought it was so adorable that there was a spider called a "pokie," and Little Grey Spider recommended that we get a purpurea and just name her this. So we did. Here's the problem. She's tiny. No, smaller than that. I believe she may still have some eggshell affixed to the bottom of her shoe. That kind of tiny. Several very experienced members of this forum have expressed that they feel this is a particularly difficult avicularia to raise, with sudden demises and etcetera. Some of the most compelling pleas for assistance on arachnoboards come from people whose children are emotionally attached to a spider in trouble. This spider is not in trouble, but I'd like to have as many tools in my belt as possible for seeing to it that she survives the delicate phase. Could any of you who have raised this species from babyhood offer up any advice or observations regarding its care? I have raised fI've or six different species of Avicularia/Caribena, Psalmopoeus, and Tapenauchenius. I'm looking for advice b beyond "standard arboreal care" comments. Any ideas or theories as to what might make this spider a little bit more difficult to raise to adulthood than other avicularia? And the very good news is that she is pounding Pinhead crickets. This is very very good news, as her abdomen was about the size and shape of a dill seed when I got her. Smallest I've ever seen on a caprive bred sling. It is filling out nicely now.