Help on Caring for a Steatoda Grossa?

Cororon

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I am wondering if I should get flightless fruit flies for my Tegenaria Domestica juvenile? Were you solely talking about the steada grossa? I don't think he has eaten in a while he won't eat crickets anymore maybe he got bit. I just put 4 moths in his tank I hope they go into his web I think the last ones I put might have just died because I didn't see any left over pieces in his web maybe he tossed it all the way out the web I don't know.

My T Domestica is fairly small with the legs included he is about the size of a quarter. Would the fruit flies be too small? They are the next thing I have access to other than moths and crickets. I looked at some meal worms but they seemed way too big, I don't know where I would get maggots from but I think I may order some butter worms. I think he needs to eat before they would come in through shipment though so I need to figure out what to feed in the meantime if he doesn't catch the moths in his tank now.
The Drosophila hydei is fruit flies are larger than the tiny D. melanogaster and good food for smaller spiders and young ones of the bigger spiders, so they are a good choice.

The Xysticus sp. Crab Spider I took care of one winter enjoyed stalking and eating them.



In nature, and in our homes as well, spiders catch prey of different sizes. From tiny midges to big moths. Some species, like the Raft Spiders eat small flies, but sometimes they even eat fish. It happens that spiders just don't feel like eating, like before molting. And who knows, they might even have a headache or something. They can have their reasons that we will never know anything about.
 
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The Drosophila hydei is fruit flies are larger than the tiny D. melanogaster and good food for smaller spiders and young ones of the bigger spiders, so they are a good choice.

The Xysticus sp. Crab Spider I took care of one winter enjoyed stalking and eating them.



In nature, and in our homes as well, spiders catch prey of different sizes. From tiny midges to big moths. Some species, like the Raft Spiders eat small flies, but sometimes they even eat fish. It happens that spiders just don't feel like eating, like before molting. And who knows, they might even have a headache or something. They can have their reasons that we will never know anything about.
Hi,
Where do I buy small fruit flies for slings? Care, information, expectations? I know nothing about them. Thank you.
 

Cororon

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Hi,
Where do I buy small fruit flies for slings? Care, information, expectations? I know nothing about them. Thank you.
Google for a pet shop that deals with spiders, frogs, lizards and animals like that. Some of them sell fruit flies, and sometimes the Hydei species (about double the size compared to the melanogaster). You get the fly culture in a plastic cup (with a lid, of course) and inside is a nutrious sludge called a medium. Hundreds of maggots crawl in it, eat and grow. There will be brown pupae here and there, and the adult flies just walk around in the cup. You just open the lid a little and let a fly or two walk out, and then you give it to the spider.

Flightless fruitflies have wings, but the muscles that control them are too weak for them to work properly. There are also wingless fruitflies, but the flightless with wings are easier to control. You can more easily pick one up with a tweezer if it has wings.

The fly culture can be stored in room temperature, but the flies will slow down (and also their life cycle) if stored in the fridge.

Google and learn, and try to find a place that sells them near you. Then, if you want, you could use some of the flies to make your own fruitfly cultures for the future. I tried that but got more grain mites than flies. I guess I should have boiled the oats I used. :lol: I don't have any spiders at the moment, so I have no need for flies. But spiders show up when you least expect them...
 

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The Drosophila hydei is fruit flies are larger than the tiny D. melanogaster and good food for smaller spiders and young ones of the bigger spiders, so they are a good choice.

The Xysticus sp. Crab Spider I took care of one winter enjoyed stalking and eating them.



In nature, and in our homes as well, spiders catch prey of different sizes. From tiny midges to big moths. Some species, like the Raft Spiders eat small flies, but sometimes they even eat fish. It happens that spiders just don't feel like eating, like before molting. And who knows, they might even have a headache or something. They can have their reasons that we will never know anything about.
I think he has been eating the moths, because I keep putting them in the tank , and I don't see them the next day, Actually I saw some of them get stuck in his web and then I didn't see them the next day. I'm fixing to catch some more and will be ordering some flies I'd like to find some kind of small meal worms or something has anyone tried butter worms?
 
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