|MadSci Network: Zoology|
To keep your spider alive I would suggest putting it in a plastic tub or jar with some netting over the top and catch some flies about the same size as the spider. If you put some twigs in the tub as well then it can have something to make a web in, then just put 1 fly in and see if it catches it. Also spray the tub lightly with a fine mist of water so the spider can drink. I kept a british garden spider in a bucket for a week using this method (I eventually let it free after making observations). If you can identify what species or at least what type of spider you have then you can find out its preferred food. You can also buy fruit flies from some companies or pet shops which will make a good food source if you can't catch any yourself. As for the larvae you will need to find more acorns to feed them with preferrably from the same area you found the others. Then just keep them in a jar with the foodplant and mist with water occasionally. To stop the foodplant from wilting put the stems into a small pot of water with some oasis or gravel but make sure the larvae cannot fall into the water or they will drown. Again if you can find out what species the larvae are then you may be able to find better ways to care for them. Many pet shop websites or specialist insect suppliers have detailed information about rearing minibeasts. A couple of sites I have used before are: www.small-life.co.uk www.insectpets.co.uk www.easyinsects.co.uk I hope this helps and I wish you luck with your minibeast friends!
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