Earlier today I caught my female drumming alot in her enclosure. I found this to be odd behavious considering I have no adult male cyriocosmus.
7 hours later (
) I decided to check my subadult elegans to see if it had molted. Indeed it has and he is now a mature male!
I decieded to give it ago and put their enclosures (a little too small, I know) up against eachother and remove the lids.
Tha male approached her very slowly. None of them were drumming.
Then he started to web!
After he had spun for a while the female caught interest and started approaching him SLOWLY
Suddenly she bolts at him, but he reacted lightning fast so I decided not to do anything yet, as it seemed he could take care of himself.
I decided to give her a dubia nymph to mellow her up a little and soon enough he starts to approach her and drum slightly.
She was very aggressive and showed no signs of hornyness..
Between taking these pictures she chased him away like 4-5 times but he kept pushing and going at it. She got MAD
She got so mad she actually grabbed his molt furiously and started biting and crunching it.
Stupidly I let them interact some more, just in case. He just seemed so sure he would succeed that he convinced me too. After some more flirting she attacked him, bit him in his leg/s and he ran away.
He seem to be doing fine now tho.
I threw in a bunch of dubia nymphs to the female and called it a day. When I feel I've fattened her up some more, I will give it another try.
This is by far the most nervewrecking encounter I have seen
. I'm still shaking. A little because it was so scary to watch, but also because I have more trouble finding male C. elegans than male P. metallicas and M. balfouris..!
Im going to go to bed now...