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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.
9 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
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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