A Treatise On The General Principals Needed To Ensure A Garden Full Of Fat And Happy Spiders
- Posted Sept. 3, 2011 by Jon Laysell Viewed 920 times
As summer fades into autumn, the number of insects in the garden starts to dwindle. Those of you who, like me, have amassed a large collection pet garden spiders during the warmer months may be wondering just what they can do to sustain the little darlings now that their usual provisions are becoming harder to find.
Aware of this natural desire to keep our arachnids ‘appy, the nutritional scientists here at Jarvo’s blog have been working hard with experiments to produce this indispensable guide as to the best foodstuffs to successfully maintain a garden full of satisfied spids.
As well as those noted above in the pictures we also tried the following:
Cheese (Bavarian smoked) - this was eaten half heartedly and then left or thrown away. As well as being generally unappetising to the spiders, it was also the densest of the foodstuffs we tried and had a tendency to fall straight through the webs.
Pear (type unknown) - stayed on the web untouched.
Chicken (cooked in ginger and garlic) - This was surprisingly unpopular. Not sure if it's the chicken they don't like or the garlic and ginger. Also this didn't stick to the webs very well. I had expected better from what was the only warm offering on our menu.
Chocolate (from a Rocky bar) - This was easily the least favoured food. None of our Spiddy Pigs would go near it. It also melted in the heat of the sun making a mess on the webs that could not be tidied.
1. Meat is the most popular dish on the menu. Perhaps unsurprising when you never really see them eating anything else.
2. Sweet things and vegetables were a definite turn off for our gastronomically savvy spiders.
3. If they can, spiders prefer to catch their own food. I think they must enjoy the thrill of the wait.
4The larger, presumably better fed spiders, were less inclined to eat the food that was given to them. The smaller ones seem less embarrassed about accepting charity.
5. Spiders will move very quickly to almost anything that lands on their web. They will quickly check it out; if it meets their approval it will be eaten with great gusto. If not, it will be thrown from the web to keep it clean. Chocolate and pear were the only exceptions which were not touched at all.
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