Updated: Nov 16
Welcome to this weeks blog post. Today we have collaborated with the fantastic Catherine Moody from My Pet Invert to give everyone a detailed care sheet for ladybird and velvet spiders. Enjoy - over too you Catherine!
Over the past few months the popularity of Eresidae has increased and the availability of these spiders has grown. This is down to their relatively easy care and long life. In this blog I'll be explaining how I keep them and how I've been told to keep them. Other people may do different but this is my experience with them.
Let's start off with housing...
Housing will depend on the size of the spider, I've found it's easier to start off small spiders (less than 1cm) in spiderling pots.
For slightly larger spiders I use Sistema knick knack containers.
And then for their permanent containers I've found clip lock storage tubs (around 3.5 litre) to be good for them.
Other keepers I know use RUBS (really useful boxes) for theirs.
Remember to put air holes in the tubs, a heated needle works well... Just watch the fingers!
Substrate varies from keeper to keeper but main thing to remember is to make sure it's not too damp. I've found that coir works well for them, it's light and easy for them to make their homes with. On top of this I like to add moss, leaf litter and sticks. As you can see in the photo all of it gets utilised by the spider to make a magnificent sticky web.
Top tip: When transferring spiders to a new enclosure, make sure to take the whole web they have made as they will just expand this in their new home. It will also be easier for the spider to settle in.
The temperature I keep my Eresidae at is around 23/24°c. I don't measure humidity. The main thing about these spiders I have learned from other keepers is that these spiders don't need water and too much humidity can kill them. For this reason I don't spray them at all, just make sure they are well fed and they will be happy.
These spiders are really food oriented and many times I have had them attack the tweezers or come running at my fingers for daring to knock their web. These spiders aren't fussy with what food they get and can take food that's slightly larger than they are. A staple of my spiders diet is flies. I use curly wing, green bottles and blue bottles. I have had success feeding them maggots, locusts, waxworms, wax moths and cockroaches in the past.
Top tip: Tweezers will be your best friend when feeding. Try get some with a pointed, not slanted, end.
These spiders have a tenancy to 'decorate' their webs with food carcasses. These will need removing as they can attract mould which isn't good for your spiders. Once again tweezers will be a great help, just watch the spider or they will think the tweezers are lunch!
Don't be alarmed if you don't see the spiders for a while. It takes them quite a bit of time to moult, once moulted they will kick the moult out of their home ready for you to remove.
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Have a lovely day and best of luck with your spider venture!