Good question lam, 3 of my slings molted the past 2 weeks as well!
2 P.cambridgei slings
1 B.albopilosum sling
Really weird! What molted in your care? This is neat, anyone else with these weird molting patterns? I guess may might me molting season?
I have 4 spiders that i've accumulated since Jan - and had been dying to see them molt - but they didn't for the longest time.
So last week I leave town for a few days, and upon my arrival noticed my Juv. P. Irminia had molted and I missed it!
Yesterday, I got home from work to find my curlyhair sling on its back....After he was done, I went to the new Matrix movie, and when I came back my A. Versicolor juvie was molting too!!!! Almost 4 months without a molt, to 3 in one week, 2 in a night!:?
Totally random idea: I've heard of women who spend a lot of time around eachother sharing meunstration cycles - could this happen with spides and their molting???? Does that mean that at least 3 of my 4 are women? (I see dave just referenced this....)
I think we have created an artificial environment for them... how else could you explain my 5 curly slings, 1 costa rican red sling, 1 GBB sling, and various size/species/sex of adults ALL molting within a 2 month period?
I was wondering the same thing when I saw this thread. I have had 6 of my T's molt in the last 3 weeks or so. 4 were slings and the other 2 were adult to sub-adult. Makes ya wonder if this type of thing happens in the wild:?
I was thinking it could also be the weather, it's getting better and it has been warmer in the house lately. Maybe their clocks are speeding up.
I've noticed an amazing number of my slings molting these past few days, too. Since it's full moon phase right now, it's almost enough to make me wonder if there isn't some connection there after all. The idea that most moltings coincide with the full moon has been a popular one ever since I've been in the hobby, though a few years ago when I took the time to tabulate all my molts for a full year I found I actually got slightly more during the first quarter moon phase.
I've had two molt in the last week, and my B. smithi unexpectedly went black-bottomed last night as well. I think it has more to do with the raise in temperatures and amount of daytime signaling the beginning of the warmer season - and the time they need to be at their 'freshest'.
I thought I would add something related to this, but it's not about spiders. I've noticed that my snakes caged close to each other seem more likely to enter shed cycles approximately the same time. But, if they're moved across the room, their shed cycles tend to occur at different times. Might be something interesting to experiment with multiple Ts.