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WHAT IS THIS?? is it what I think it is?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Nerri1029, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. Nerri1029

    Nerri1029 Chief Cook n Bottlewasher Old Timer

    I found this in my old terrarium set up that housed my G. rosea for 9 years..

    it was attached to a piece of pine root on a blind side..

    that is a 150mm petri dish it's in for scale..

    in the other pic you can see the tanks new occupant and some of the pine root..

    That's Aeryn ( G. rosea ) she's the one I rescued from a pet store with an eggsac.. ( they didn't make it ) the pet store worker roughed it up pretty bad getting them out...

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    Last edited: Oct 6, 2004
  2. Nerri1029

    Nerri1029 Chief Cook n Bottlewasher Old Timer

    Did I ask a wrong kind of question..

    Or did I stump everyone????

    I can give better pics to anyone who wants.. I didn't want to chew up server space..

    If I committed a board faux pas please let me know :)

  3. Well, my eyes don't work as well as most but from my screen it looks like mold.
  4. Spaceman_Spiff

    Spaceman_Spiff Arachnoknight Old Timer

    what do you think it is ??

    To me it looks like a strange fungus!
    Does it look blue or is it just the picture?

  5. Nicole

    Nicole Arachnosquire Old Timer

    It looks like a cocoon from some sort of large moth. Did you get the wood from outdoors?
  6. 8 leg wonder

    8 leg wonder Arachnoangel Old Timer

    I agree, it looks like a cocoon of some kind, Too small to be and eggsac and it doesn't look like mold in my opinion
  7. Nerri1029

    Nerri1029 Chief Cook n Bottlewasher Old Timer

    OK.. more info..

    It is hollow; made of an insect silk AND.. wasn't there when I put my T in 7 years ago..

    I do not remember putting anything in there that might have spun a coccoon

    but if it doesn't look like an eggsac.. than that's probably what it was.

    I've never seen a T egg sac that has hatched au natural.. soooo

    thanks.. I'll keep trying to find out..

    maybe I'll cut it open for people to see the inner lining..

  8. Spaceman_Spiff

    Spaceman_Spiff Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Could be an old eggsack from a housespider that got into your rosea's enclosure!
  9. 8 leg wonder

    8 leg wonder Arachnoangel Old Timer

    It looks too stiff to be spider silk, spider silk is very soft and flexible. The object in question seems stiff like a butterfly or moth cocoon.
  10. Spidergurl

    Spidergurl Arachnopeon

    Well, whatever came out of it certainly didn't last long before you didn't see it flying around inside.
    Must have been munched pretty quick, lol!!

  11. Malkavian

    Malkavian Arachnolord Old Timer

    I'd almost bet my paycheck it's a silkmoth cocoon; there's not much else it really could be.
  12. knottyduke

    knottyduke Arachnosquire

    I agree with Malkavian, it looks like a moth coccoon.

    And yep it would have gotten eaten quickly if your rosea is like ours, who loves moths.
  13. pwilfort

    pwilfort Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Did you have any silk worms in your house? It looks like a silk worm cocoon, when I had all our silkworms they got out and I had cacoons all over the place, just wondered?
  14. Nerri1029

    Nerri1029 Chief Cook n Bottlewasher Old Timer

    NOPE no silk worms here...

    HERE's another pic opened up..

    I posted at the other board..

  15. G_Wright

    G_Wright Arachnoprince Old Timer

    it's looks like a toad stool. there are planty of types of fungus out there and that one is no exception it looks like a common shaggy ink cap mushroom in the early stages of growth.

    Indicating that for your G rosea your tank is too moist. They like dry conditions

    However I just saw your other post

    humm puzzeling does like like someing was in there. If I wear you I'd clean the whole tank out.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2004
  16. Pheonixx

    Pheonixx Arachnoprince Old Timer

    this has nothing to do with what that is but since you dont know I'd wash that quarter pretty good before i used it or put it back in my pocket.

    EDIT: my gf is into butterflies and she says it is possible a catterpillar got into your enclosure and spun a web and there ya have it. "looks like a butterfly pupae to me"
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2004
  17. Nerri1029

    Nerri1029 Chief Cook n Bottlewasher Old Timer

    Mystery Solved .............. :)

    Leave it to my 7 year old to have a memory like a trap..

    Last year I fed a horned worm to my T It was about 3 inches long and as big around as my thumb..

    I'm pretty sure it was a sphynx moth caterpillar.. related to the tobacco horned worm but w/out a horn..

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  18. Horrido

    Horrido Arachnopeon

    The caterpillar and cacoon are from a silkworm moth, saturniidae (and I don't know of any hornless sphinx moths that spin a silken cacoon like that). It must have escaped, since I'm pretty sure you would have noticed the wings as remains. It seems small for most saturniids, though, but the caterpillar (assuming its the one you used as a feeder) does resemble a polyphemus.
  19. Tranz

    Tranz Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Hey, shitakes happen.
  20. Nerri1029

    Nerri1029 Chief Cook n Bottlewasher Old Timer

    Thanks !! Horrido