Saturday 4 September 2010

Mummy long legs

My outside toilet is a Pholcus phalangioides haven. These long legged spiders hang upside down from every existing corner of it. One of them yesterday sat proudly over her 30 or so offspring. I had seen her in the same spot on previous days with her egg sac in her mouth, but this is the first time I see this spider's newborns. They are quite ghostly looking, with transparent legs and thorax, their dark eyes and brownish abdomens the only colour in them. This is a cropped image with a close up of some of the baby spiders.

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