Today's post is about a lid and what I found beneath it. It would seem that our garbage can lid has become a nursery. Yup. For spiders. While I can't swear on it, I believe these are nursery web spiders, and I think they came along with the weeds I pulled out yesterday. (If I'd have known, I'd have waited for the little ones to hatch. Oh well.)
As things stand now, I'm hoping they will be able to stay attached to the lid until the babies hatch. I can't guarantee anything, though. I don't know how close these spiderlings are to hatching, and we can't hold onto our garbage forever. I'd really like some hatchling shots though. I hestitate to retransport them back. I'm not sure they will thrive on the plants left behind. Also, I don't know if they're poisonous. Being close enough to take pictures seemed to disturb the mama spiders causing them to go into an agressive stance. Mamas are very protective of their young throughout the animal world. Spiders are no exception, and I don't care to get bitten. So for now I'm waiting and seeing. Hoping for hatchlings before this next Thursday.
|I think that small dot is the male spider. |
He must not have provided a tasty enough treat.