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are dragonflies ok for tarantulas?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by mouse, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. mouse

    mouse Arachnolord Old Timer

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    i see quite a few of dragonflies where i live. and i cought a big one (~3") put it in a critter keeper to look at it. now i'm wondering if i should let it go or (if it's ok as T-food) to feed it to one of my tarantulas.
    hubby said grasshoppers are prone to bite, but dragonflies don't.
    what would you recomend...don't want to hurt my T's, but it would be something different then the "old cricket".
    thanks
    dianne
     
  2. I have never heard of "grasshopper bites", I have heard of dragonflie bites thoe. 3" dragonflies are small ones were im form. to get back to the subject, i have asked the same question a few weeks ago and someone said that it was ok to feed them dragonflies.
     
  3. priZZ

    priZZ Arachnodemon Old Timer

    Other thing is: dragonflies are just too stunning and beautiful to feed them to the Ts... :(
     
  4. mouse

    mouse Arachnolord Old Timer

    thanks...well it was big compaired to my tarantulas...my biggest is my 4 1/2" rosie...but she is a as mellow as can be. i put it in with my ~3" curly hair (wich had a real skinny butt when i got it but is a big eater).
    didn't take long, just a few sec's, curly is having lunch now (and definatly not as skinny butted).
    now i got to find more for the others :rolleyes:

    guess a lot of things are big in newfoundland, but i personaly only know of those gorgeous black dogs (with the webbed toes). my grandpa in germany was breeding them and won trophies at shows. but every time we had a storm we had to go to the river and retrieve our newfoundlander (the dogbreed)
    dianne
     
  5. yeal they a nice dogs, i would have one, but they are so big. My bestfrend has one(thunder) and he druels a lot.
     
  6. Randy

    Randy Arachnolord Old Timer

    i totally agree.. i wanted to say that too.. dragonflies are beautiful, their lifespan is rather short and .. just let it live its short live ..
     
  7. yeal they live in the water longer then in the air. but the sky's would'en miss 2 or 3 a year.
     
  8. JacenBeers

    JacenBeers Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Feed it to the spider I say
     
  9. Gir

    Gir Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Should be ok as long as its not pumped up on pesticides...would make a good picture tho.
     
  10. again i wish i had a camera.
     
  11. JohnxII

    JohnxII Avicoholic Old Timer

    If you are sure your T can overpower the dragonfly, I can't see why not. However, just wanted to let you know that dragonflies prey on other (flying) insects as adults. And I've been nibbled by feeder house crickets several times BTW.
     
  12. this is the firs time i have heard about crickets biteing. I guess it happends, they have mouths. Does it hurt much?
     
  13. JohnxII

    JohnxII Avicoholic Old Timer

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    Try to trap an adult house cricket within your fingers. Some will try to bite their way out. Doesn't hurt much, it's more on the irritating side. Which in return makes the crunching sound upon throwing the culprit into its executioner's domain much more statisfactory.
     
  14. Mojo Jojo

    Mojo Jojo Arachnoking Old Timer

    I think that you could probably guess how I feel about the situation...

    Jon
     
  15. word

    word Arachnosquire Old Timer

    the main problem i see is that as a predator, they eat lots of smaller insects making them much more likely to have pesticides in their bodies. i'd stay away.