21 December 2008

there's a mama in my cupboard

I found this lovely little creature in my craft cupboard this morning while packing. She has eggs and is hiding from the world as she protects her soon to be born babies. I quietly removed craft items and closed her back in to gestate peacefully. She is a 'daddy long leg spider'

Edited to add that she has had her babies. It truly is amazing watching the progression of this. The remaining egg sack has fallen off this morning and now she is just surrounded by her babies, protected in a thin web. I also notice that she is incredibly agressive now that she has to protect them. I put my hand near her and she started doing this 'scary' spinning dance thing to warn me off. Most fascinating

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