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Juliana, Contributor
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Chicago, IL, USA

Hello arthrophiles!

For as long as I can remember I've had either a fascination, even a love, for all bugs, or a higher than normal tolerance of bugs (especially predator bugs). About 3 months ago (March) I rekindled my old passion by capturing a wolf spider in my Chicago apartment that came down on me from the ceiling on a string (I didn't know wolf spiders could do that!) and I caught it in a little bowl and I found it absolutely wonderful to see the little guy up close. He currently lives in a small critter keeper/terrarium and has grown double in size since I caught him.
I am now obsessed with raising and trying to breed my little pets.

I currently own 6 terrariums, 4 of which are currently occupied by plants and animals. My largest terrarium is a 10 gallon, where I have 4 large (for Chicago!) Salticidae (jumping spiders, specifically P. Undatus, 2m 1f, and one green jumper who is slightly smaller who I cannot completely identify). I also own several small Jumping spiders (Zebra jumpers and S. pubescens), as well as a cricket breeding tank, and of course my wolf spider terrarium, which also has ants, small beetles, a root weevil, and a cucumber beetle. I will soon be getting L3 European mantis in a couple of weeks and will attempt to raise and breed them (with your help of course).

If you have any information on caring for any of these guys that you think might be useful please let me know! In the meantime I hope that I can find answers to questions that bug me myself and hopefully answer your questions with what little I know.