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Latrodectus Pics

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Kugellager, Jan 19, 2003.

  1. Atx512

    Atx512 Arachnopeon

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    Thanks for the comment and wish we had some red backs like you have. I dont mind the hr. glass on ours here but seeing all the different kinds out there makes me a lil jelly at times you know. As far as the momma goes she passed yesterday morning IDK what causeed her to pass so now ill have to go hunt for another, but the babies are coming up nicely there were a couple of molts so just gotta start separating them soon I guess.
     
  2. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Someone I know runs a pest control business and found this female in a bait trap with some egg sacks. I'm not sure what he did with the sacks but he said if I didn't want this girl he would just kill her so I just figured I'd take her in. I was hoping I could also get an ID on her, I'm thinking mactans. She was also caught in Houston, Texas.
     
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  3. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    L. mactans and L. hesperus both occur in Texas, and I'm not sure it's possible to distinguish between the two from this image.
     
  4. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnobaron Active Member

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    I'll try to get a better picture later but she attached her web to the top of the container and wedged herself in a corner. I'm hoping she'll move a bit so I can take off the lid soon and get some clear pictures.
     
  5. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Hopefully these pictures will be a little clearer. Shes been webbing and moving around a lot more. What do you guys feed your latrodectus? I think that my roaches are too large for her and going outside and catching mosquitoes to drop in the container wouldn't get her the most nutrition, and I would probably need multiple as they're about 80% wing. 20180327_202000.jpg 20180327_201944.jpg 20180327_201938.jpg
     
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  6. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    I still wouldn't be comfortable trying to distinguish between Latrodectus mactans and Latrodectus hesperus from these images. However, it really doesn't matter as far as care is concerned (just breeding).

    You might be able to get a more specific ID on BugGuide, but sometimes they just categorize them as Latrodectus where the range overlaps.


    I have not kept these for longer than a few days (as a child). However, I don't think they are picky eaters. Try to offer prey that is the size of the abdomen or smaller, ideally things that are not wild-caught (as they may be exposed to pesticides or carry parasites).
     
  7. Joogvanhedel

    Joogvanhedel Arachnopeon Active Member

    Or you prekill a prey (cricket or roach) and trow it in her web, she will eat it...
     
  8. wetwork

    wetwork Arachnosquire

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  9. Android raptor

    Android raptor Arachnopeon

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    I've been feeding mine mealworms and crickets, she seems to like those fine.
     
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