Right, Botar! Post-ultimate molts are uncommon, but not unheard of. I've had 4 males who tried it, and 2 who survived it. Below is a picture of a B. albopilosum post-ultimate male. He actually managed to retain one palp during the molt, which is almost unheard of. The two I've had retained their spurs, but they changed some in appearance, as did the whole spider--more gangly and attenuated (which is my $5 word for the day =D )Originally posted by Botar
That is the general rule as I understand it. But I've also heard some people mention exceptions to that rule. I've heard of "post ultimate molts", but like I said, I believe it to be an anomaly. (That's my $5 word for the day)
Could this have anything to do with the typical short life span of males? Sort of like in human males, where hormones also play a part in many early demises :} =DOriginally posted by krucz36
i have had males molt after the "ultimate" molt as well. it's pretty sad. both of my A. avicularia molted into males and then tried again, neither surviving.
Hi to you, tooOriginally posted by krucz36
by the way: HI JOY!