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Ultimate Sacrifice?

2012.07.26
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The mother spider that was featured the other day is dead. But she has done her job and around her body are a dozen or more babies.

It's not usual for the mother spider to die at this point; in some species the young will even feast on their carers carcass. I do not know whether this will happen here or not, to be honest, I'm not 100% sure that it is actually the Spitting Spider as I said. If these do turn out to be cannibalistic critters, I'll post any evidence on here.
10 Comments
marilynx Hmmm....I believe the female eats the male after mating ... So fair play is a dual in this instance ...great images Jon.
marilynx · 2012-07-26: 04:59
SkyMonroe coool... me and my brother we have a lot of spiders (not like these) and we try to photograph them.. they are nice but I don't like them so much, I prefer other bugs. But amazing shots wow
SkyMonroe · 2012-07-26: 05:19
stormfish sad, sad case for the selfish gene :-(

(although true to the bone)
stormfish · 2012-07-26: 05:46
danrav Nature, nature!!!!
danrav · 2012-07-26: 05:49
HoosierAtHeART Really interesting!
HoosierAtHeART · 2012-07-26: 08:45
lookagain Wow, that's strange and bizarre....but nature has ways we don't understand. Interesting post, Jon....and yes, would love to hear if there's more to the story...
lookagain · 2012-07-26: 09:28
Annbramwell The joy of motherhood!
Annbramwell · 2012-07-26: 09:44
onlyricky haha :)
i like them ^_^ but they don't stop for god sakes! I always ask them to stop but they don't...maybe I should ask them nicely ;)))
onlyricky · 2012-07-26: 13:43
noptek Great post
noptek · 2012-07-29: 12:17
atszabo Jesus!
atszabo · 2012-07-29: 19:44
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