I stumbled across this information on the Hong Kong history web site Gwulo.com relating to a questionI had posted a question on July 28th 2016 asking for information on unusual animals at Cheung Chau island.
I almost forgot this
Boys running around the outback on CC island of my time
must understand the fun of hunting and keeping some harmless Spider.
This tiny spider never construct any web at all. It scouts on
everywhere, indoor & outdoor, on trees, shrubs, or house furniture like
your desk. They are like tiny lonewolfs, maybe in search of flea or other
People consider they are the good and harmless, kids think
they are so friendly and pet-able too!
Kids of age 5 to 8 years old
would like to bring their spider pets to school and do all kinds of creative
shows or fight. They keep them each in a tiny envelop made out of a leaf. The
spider is about 0.5 to
1.0 cm long, and color in all black, white and black,
biege or brown. It has no visible hair but very clean to touch. It never bite
people at all.
And they are free to go after few days
Thanks Tung and Andrew for recalling our younger days. This
photo reminds me of the creek below the old Clear Water Bay Road about
a mintue's walk below Good Hope School. While the scenic settings
were different, their countryside atmosphere gave us children joy
and opportunity to explore.
I sometimes hiked to Kowloon Reservoir to
look for fighting spiders. They, a loner, made their home a foot or two above
ground by pulling together two leaves with their silk, and this made their
location easy to spot. Some are "Old Poke" (lo-dok - loose translation)
because they use their two front arms to spear at their opponent. When two
of them meet, they fight as if they want to hug each other. Another
kind is the "Red Kid" named for their body colour. To catch them, I
around the folded leaves with an opened flat tin box and next
closed the lid.
And yes, we kept them in separate homes made of thorny
leaves. A fight took a few seconds and the loser quickly ran away so
injuries were infrequent. I set them free in our balcony garden after a
few days. Looking back, such were our boyish thinking and fun, but
pity the poor little creature who lost his natural home, and freedom
albeit temporarily. Regards, Peter