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PostSubject: L. hesperus -- how long from mating to eggsacs?   8/12/2008, 12:50 am

So I cohabited my pair of widows for about a day and a half before I found a male-shaped ball of silk by the female. He didn't have the black body that I'd seen in pictures of MM of this species, but his palps were dark, which I understood to indicate that he was mature enough to mate.

Since I didn't see it happen, how long will it be before I know nothing happened and shouldn't expect a sac? I have one more male I can fall back on if I need to, but he's definitely immature still.

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PostSubject: Re: L. hesperus -- how long from mating to eggsacs?   8/12/2008, 3:20 am

did you see a mating? If not maybe put him back in, in a few days?
Or did he get killed?
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PostSubject: Re: L. hesperus -- how long from mating to eggsacs?   8/12/2008, 9:54 am

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Or did he get killed?

That would be the "male-shaped ball of silk" I was referring to. Razz

Since I didn't see anything, I was wondering how long it takes for a female to start dropping sacs (or rather, by what time I'll know if anything happened or not).

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PostSubject: Re: L. hesperus -- how long from mating to eggsacs?   8/12/2008, 10:21 am

what about ras? he could probably tell you.
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PostSubject: Re: L. hesperus -- how long from mating to eggsacs?   8/12/2008, 12:39 pm

well...to me your question is like asking how long is a piece of string hehehe. I dont know spiders.
But I would think a few weeks to show signs maybe?

but to be sure...I would add another for good measure maybe next week and watch her reaction
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PostSubject: Re: L. hesperus -- how long from mating to eggsacs?   8/12/2008, 3:44 pm

Chances are if she an adult W/C shes already gravid, I have a female that I raised and mated once and shes had 6 or 7 sacs already. If I remember correctly it was under a month from mating till egg-sac and then a couple more weeks till the explosion happens.. (Alot of babies running around)
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PostSubject: Re: L. hesperus -- how long from mating to eggsacs?   8/12/2008, 7:28 pm

She molted a week after I brought her home, so I wasn't sure if she was too fertile. I originally thought she'd just had a sac when I caught her because she was so skinny and there were slings everywhere.

I should mention that I caught her in the last week of June -- I would have expected sacs by now if she had been gravid.

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PostSubject: Re: L. hesperus -- how long from mating to eggsacs?   8/12/2008, 9:39 pm

i don't know how long til she will drop a sac. But i will tell ya this about my Brown Widow, after i have collected her, she dropped a sac 2 weeks later ( or somewhere around that time frame ). And after a week later, she dropped out another sac, there wasn't a male in there with her ( this is new to me). I would say that sac hatched out sometime around a week and a half or lil bit longer.
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PostSubject: Re: L. hesperus -- how long from mating to eggsacs?   8/12/2008, 11:13 pm

True spiders are known for dropping out a bunch of sacs without having to mate multiple times -- I have a friend whose widow is on sac #12, so I know to expect a lot. I'm just wondering when. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: L. hesperus -- how long from mating to eggsacs?   8/12/2008, 11:36 pm

now that is definately a new one on me to know
very interesting
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