H. incei communal set-up (DUW!!!)

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4 years 11 months ago #62178 by Jake
What I have noticed in regards to them living together.

They are allot more aware that there are other spiders in the same area as them.
They also seem to know the difference between a prey item walking over the webbing to another spider.

As you said, on the odd occasion they grab another spider and as soon as they touch each other they let go.

When they are all out and about there are no signs of aggression, but they move in a curtain way.

The most interesting/entertaining thing that I saw, was when a 4cm sling caught a large cricket, and then 2 smaller slings went and stole the cricket from the larger one and then the 2 proceeded to fight over the cricket.

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4 years 11 months ago - 4 years 11 months ago #62196 by Jake
Well this afternoon we had fling ants, so I collected some for the platannes and then the communal.

And this is what unfolded 2 hours later.
Was sitting next to the tank will all of sudden a roach darts out from it's hiding spot, chases something down and runs back to hide out.
So I get the camera and this is what happens next.

The flying ants.

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Darting roach

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Then the action. The roach was a C. cinerea This roach had eaten about 3 flying ants before going to eat the mielies and had given them to eat.

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The next roach was a B.lateralis.

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4 years 11 months ago #62197 by Dimitri Kambas
Very interesting you always get these awesome pictures of very different situations thanks for sharing man!

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4 years 11 months ago - 4 years 11 months ago #62199 by Jake
Thanks.

Something that I noticed, even the isopods become more active around the flying ants, normally you don't see them but tonight they were all over the area where the flying ants were walking around.
and the roaches seem to be going for the flying ants abdomen only.
as these pictures show clearly. (the photos are not so great quality, we had rain so the tank started to fog up)

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4 years 11 months ago #62204 by Vixen82
This is all truly amazing to see indeed, you not only learning about your comunal T's, but also their food source, keep the updates coming, it is indeed very fasinating to witness, even if it is just photos.
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4 years 11 months ago #62210 by Hardie van Tonder
Awesome. Nice little extreme predatory ecosystem you got there :)
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