Aug 23, 2008

Spidermum

How many spider mothers die shortly after after the eggs hatch, a la Charlotte's Web? I know that some are expended in the process, while still others are able to produce many, many batches of eggs (like the accursed black widow). Still others are consumed by their offspring. If this latter example is the case with this spider, she might be feeling arachnophobia on an order that even I couldn't comprehend. I imagine she's not, since the spiderlings don't seem to be dining on her, but still, I like the irony.

Thanks for the photo, Annica.

Photo source: zero g

5 comments:

linty said...

Ugh...This is the kind of thing that makes me feel sick just looking at it...all those ugly little things...

Kit said...

The only way it could be worse is if the spider-lettes exploded from mom's abdomen ala Alien chest bursters. GEH.

niner said...

This picture needs to be scrolled down one. 2 days of peeking then quickly closing browser sucks.

I know spiders are helpful and maybe cute to some people but I can't even get close to babies. >.<

danielle said...

That's pretty much what I saw outside my house. Great example that all baby things are NOT cute.

Kelly said...

Nightmare. Absolute nightmare.