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Apache jumpers are strange- this population is full of huge specimens, yet another area nearby is full of tiny specimens that never reach 15mm.
At any rate i'll have lots of eggsacs next year.. @[email protected] good thing i have a perpetual fruitfly harvest :D
The name 'ardens' is a reference to these spiders resembling a burning cinder with ash or soot. They are similar to johnsoni but unrelated and are closer to apacheanus, females often have striking high-contrast patterning.
There was a point where i thought 200 slings were a headache to rear.
Now i long for such a small number. i'm gonna be rearing like 3,000+ slings next year.
i might as well tie bags of fruit onto me and become a walking fruitfly culture at this point :\
This P. aureus is old and cant scale smooth stuff well anymore and has made a sheet-style eggsac- allowing me to watch the development- which is really cool because you're generally not allowed to see this!
I will probably hold onto this female, get a brood from her with a yellow male, and backcross the better looking offspring.
If i can intensify the black on the abdomen and head it'll really make those spots stand out more.
Adventive from the old world, has spread throughout the southern states. Originally lithophiles, has become a 'wall jumper' in urban habitats
Both sexes are beautifully marked with bold black stripes.
Very agile and fast.