Ultimate Sacrifice?

by Jon Laysell July. 26, 2012 4424 views

The mother spider that was featured the other day [photoblog.com] 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.

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Agnes Felber 4 years, 10 months ago

Jesus!

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Mikkal Noptek 4 years, 10 months ago

Great post

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Ricardo 4 years, 10 months ago

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 ;)))

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ann Garratty 4 years, 10 months ago

The joy of motherhood!

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Marsha 4 years, 10 months ago

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...

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Becky 4 years, 10 months ago

Really interesting!

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Stormfish 4 years, 10 months ago

sad, sad case for the selfish gene :-(

(although true to the bone)

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sã©Rgio 4 years, 10 months ago

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

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 10 months ago

Hmmm....I believe the female eats the male after mating ... So fair play is a dual in this instance ...great images Jon.

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