Advertisement In honor of me ordering not one, not two, but THREE *MORE* Lasiodora klugi, I have decided to start a thread chronicling the adventures and misadventures of my small, but growing clan of Lasiodora klugi. The three slings were just ordered today from Jamie's Tarantulas so hopefully they will be here late next week. Okay, maybe not adventures. They're just my favorite photography subjects given how they commonly just sit out in the open in their enclosure and how bold they are (so they will rarely bolt when startled). So let me introduce you to the clan as it stands now: First up is the matriarch, Wanda. I've had Wanda since September 10, 2016. She was purchased as an adult from Ken the Bug Guy. She's probably a bit small for her species with a leg span of 7.5 inches. She's named after the Scarlet Witch (Bahia Scarlet Birdeater -> Scarlet Witch, get it?) She soon molted on October 2016, on the night the Cubs secured their spot in the World Series for the first time since 1945. That's why there is no footage of said molt. I was too drunk from celebrating the win that night to care much about her molt After her molt, she has shown herself to be an active and bold spider. She rarely hides in her cork bark hide, but she does it enough for me to be reassured that she would go to it when scared. She was sometimes a bit too active, loving to climb the walls. She would also frequently try to work out how to get the lid to move. Thankfully one of the first things I did after getting her was replace the screen lid with an acrylic one. Remember kids, never leave your large terrestrial spiders alone with screen lids. Her favorite way to defend herself was to throw up a threat pose, but eventually she did start to develop a bald spot on her abdomen. She regularly ate large dubias, usually every couple of weeks. One thing I love about her is her feeding response. One time she pounced on a dubia so hard her butt formed a crater in the substrate as she landed. But the good times had to come to an end some time as she refused food in August, September, October, and November. She did eat a couple more dubia in December before going back off her feed. As you can see in the photo above, her bald spot darkened this week so she should (finally!) molt in the next week or so. She is my favorite spider. Yes, I play favorites. They don't care if I love one of them more than the others. When I moved my work computer and desk from the spider room to my wife's office, Wanda came with me and is now on my old desk along with my new corn snake. Next up is the unconsummated love of Wanda's life, Pietro. I also got this little guy from Ken the Bug Guy back on May 21, 2017. By this point, Wanda was definitely my favorite T and definitely thought about the idea of bringing more Lasiodora klugi into this world. So when Tracey at Ken the Bug Guy said that they had a sub-adult male, I snapped him up. Pietro is named after Scarlet Witch's brother, Quicksilver. Now I presumed the gangly guy was still a couple of molts from maturing. Instead, on July 22, Pietro became a man with his ultimate molt. I rehoused him to a sterlite container, and he's been webbing it up ever since. He isn't as aggressive an eater as Wanda, and he's starting to develop a bald spot, but he is still, seven months later, as active as ever, climbing the walls of the enclosure, hoping to get out so he can fulfill his destiny. And I really hope he can. But the timing hasn't worked out so well. When he matured, I presumed Wanda was about three months from molting, so I didn't want to risk wasting a mating attempt, and when she stopped eating in August, my fear that she could molt at any time ramped up. But despite my reluctance, they shared a long distance relationship, climbing the walls of their enclosure to reach each other, and tapping like crazy every few days. October came and went without a molt, and eventually Wanda started eating again. With all bets off as to when Wanda would molt (since I still have no idea how old she is), in mid-December, I tried breeding the two. Pietro was clearly interested, slowly shaking his way to her in her enclosure. But it was not to be. Wanda gave very little indication that she was interested, beyond not outright chasing him out of the enclosure. After 2 and a half hours, and both my wife and I needing to get some sleep for work the next day, we got him in a catch cup and put him back in his enclosure. With Wanda molting soon, maybe Pietro's time to shine will come. But will the ravages of old age take him before he gets to dance with the devil? Find out in this thread. The last of my (current) three Lasiodora klugi, the young stud Wanda Jr. Now, I actually got him second, not third. I ordered him from Pinchers & Pokies Exotics on October 25, 2016 and he arrived via FedEx a week later. When I bought him, he was around 0.75 to 1 inch in leg span, but, after six molts, he has since grown to nearly five inches in leg span. Like Wanda, Wanda Jr. is an aggressive eater, so much so that he is my only other T that regularly eats dubia (I prefer to feed crickets, or lateralis roaches when I can get them, due to their more active nature). Wanda Jr. is also a vigorous defender of his water dish. When I need to refill it, he will often stand over it to keep water out. Oh, that means water will fall on him? He gives zero... he will hold his ground. Water SHALL NOT PASS! Interesting side note about Wanda Jr. I bought him only a few days after Wanda molted. As I noted at the time, Wanda came out of her molt with a cream-colored spot on the bottom her abdomen. This definitely scared me at the time. I really liked Wanda and I really feared that the spot might be a cyst or some other dangerous and deadly affliction. So I bought Wanda Jr. as a replacement. Of course, the spot turned out to be no big deal, she probably just rubbed that spot raw before that molt or injured that area some other way, and this was just her exoskeleton repairing that breach. Hopefully the spot will be gone after her upcoming molt. Not much else to say about Wanda Jr. He's currently the most hungry of the three? He lives in a critter keeper that sits underneath my Lasiodora itabunae's critter keeper. So he doesn't get much attention except to feed him. Sorry for this very long post, but I wanted to introduce my three to all of you. I will likely post updates on how they are doing (molts, feedings, breeding attempts, new klugi in the collection), with lots of photos obviously. I want to end this post with one of my favorite Wanda stories. A few months back, she was actually hanging out in her hide. She doesn't do it often, but she she does sometimes. She then left her hide and started wandering around her enclosure. For 20 minutes, she wandered around, climbing a bit, just searching around her enclosure, like she was looking for something. Eventually, she found it, her water dish. She actually approached it from above. She gingerly mounted the water dish. I presumed she would dip her mouth in, but she didn't. She moved forward a bit more, toward her hide. She then dipped her butt into the water and took a dump. Just an absolutely massive dump. She then walked back into her hide. Yes, I watched my spider spend 20 minutes looking for a toilet.