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WE ARE PARENTS!!! [Jun. 16th, 2012|11:20 am]
kyle cassidy
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Spiderbabies! spiderbabies!
Does whatever a spiderbabies!

You will remember several weeks ago when trillian_stars discovered a spidermama in the dark corner of our kitchen cabinet and we discovered that she had a fluffy ball of spidy eggs and we've been waiting and waiting for them to hatch. Well, get out your cherry flavored cigars folks, because WE ARE PARENTS!!!

A few days ago we noticed that the spidy eggs had (most likely) hatched in their fluffy enclosure because we could see spots of brown inside. After a few days we figured they made it out of the eggs and died, but NOT SO! they were just waiting -- like spiders! Sometime last night they chewed or clawed or some other way evacuated their silk pod and started spinning webs!!! each one of them is about the size of the point of a pin -- not the head, the point. They are TINEE!

Here they are with their silk spiderbaby hotel. You may clickenzee to embiggen

And here's a full resolution crop of one.

Obviously I need better macro equipment now.

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[User Picture]From: geekers
2012-06-16 03:42 pm (UTC)
Any excuse for better equipment, eh? ;)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-06-16 03:48 pm (UTC)
i think i could really get away with a diopter at this point, all i need is center focus....
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From: rcmckee
2012-06-19 04:34 am (UTC)
Consider extension tubes..... Or even a bellows if you're on a tripod.

For something like this extensions on a telephoto lens would do well.... good macro, great rendition, and a reasonable working distance.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-06-16 03:58 pm (UTC)
i wanted to ask you about your macro + reversed 50. can you do that with duct tape? or do you need a spacer??
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[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2012-06-16 04:19 pm (UTC)
Totally cool!
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[User Picture]From: ysobelle
2012-06-17 03:24 am (UTC)
I am so madly in love with your icon.
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[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2012-06-17 03:32 am (UTC)


Feel free to swipe. And for more Action Cat amusement, go here.

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[User Picture]From: p_m_cryan
2012-06-16 04:24 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! They are so wee! But so, so pretty.
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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2012-06-16 04:30 pm (UTC)
Well, you are all set. When David and I bought our first Minneapolis house, we had to have it professionally dealt with because the previous owners had had Fleas of Unusual Toughness. The exterminators warned us repeatedly that their horrible poisons Did Not Work on Spiders. We kept saying that that was fine. For all the years we lived in that house, we had spiders, and if we had anything else at all it was not for long because the spiders would eat whatever it was. I hope your homegrown spiders do well even without a preliminary toxic sweep.

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[User Picture]From: briansiano
2012-06-16 05:21 pm (UTC)
OOOoh. Lovely pictures.

And not to dwell on something unpleasant, but it weighs heavily on my mind... spiders eat bedbugs. (You understand why this has been on my mind, right?) So now you have some extra protection.
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[User Picture]From: artemisofluna
2012-06-16 05:39 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Loving these spider photos. We have a orb weaver outside our door. her web is up near the light bulb to catch moths. She started out tiny a few weeks ago and she's getting bigger. She's beautiful too. I can't wait until she is HUGE and hanging outside our door to welcome visitors. Watch-Spider!
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[User Picture]From: ed_dirt
2012-06-16 05:55 pm (UTC)
By the shape, those look like baby Black Widows. I love Black Widows. They are The Awesome of spiders.
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[User Picture]From: kuroshii
2012-06-17 05:16 pm (UTC)
not so long ago, kyle posted a photo of the momma, who is not a black widow. also i'm not sure they'd be as happy to have a black widow momma in the same house as all their cats...
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[User Picture]From: mollydot
2012-06-16 06:15 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-06-16 06:38 pm (UTC)
they'll be 10x stronger than steel and once i've put one on, i won't ever be able to get it off!
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[User Picture]From: katbcoll
2012-06-16 06:35 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! They are very cute.
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[User Picture]From: lentower
2012-06-16 07:20 pm (UTC)

But aren't you and Trillian GRANDparents?
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[User Picture]From: wood_dragon
2012-06-16 07:57 pm (UTC)
Congrats! They are so cute and so tiny!

I like to have a spider in the house. Don't know if it's the German in me or just the part that doesn't like the little bugs that can pop up seemingly out of nowhere.
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[User Picture]From: hoppytoad79
2012-06-17 12:48 am (UTC)
Very cute! I look forward to seeing pictures of them as they grow up.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2012-06-17 10:01 am (UTC)
Doesn't that make you grandparents?
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[User Picture]From: veghead
2012-06-17 10:16 am (UTC)
Congratulations -- just in time for Father's Day!
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[User Picture]From: icprncs
2012-06-17 05:29 pm (UTC)
Nature is just SO AMAZING. The photos are great.

We have largely made a pact with spiders in our home that as long as they don't venture too far into our space, they're welcome, because they eat things we don't want here. I am not certain I'd be able to cope with a whole passel of babies in a cupboard, though.
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[User Picture]From: tigerinvaseline
2012-06-18 05:55 pm (UTC)
All I can think to say is "Salutations!"
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