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Spider News: Introducing George! [May. 30th, 2015|12:18 pm]
kyle cassidy
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Sooooo ... I was reading about featherlegged orb in the field guide to spiders and insects and there wasn't really much (and I couldn't find a whole lot on the Interwebs either) but there was one thing I found that said something like "interestingly, both the male and the female spiders will remain close to the eggs after they have been laid to protect the young" (AND, also that the spiderlings will often hang out in mom's web all summer and then over-winter together) ... anyway, I thought it was nice that they shared the child rearing responsiblities so Roswell and I went out on the porch at 5 am with a flashlight and searched it inch by inch, and low and behold, just about two feet from Emily's egg sacks, we found George.

He's about 1/2 her size or smaller, with a much less pronounced body, but he's there, looking out for things that would bother the bubs.

Photos of George

Clickenzee to embiggen George!

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[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2015-05-30 05:44 pm (UTC)
What a great shot! (and my, what long front legs he has)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-05-31 03:34 pm (UTC)
Indeed -- I'm interested as to what he uses them for -- web building maybe?
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[User Picture]From: coffeeem
2015-05-30 06:44 pm (UTC)
The family that stays together preys together!
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[User Picture]From: tripleransom
2015-05-30 10:41 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-05-31 03:33 pm (UTC)
these guys have separate houses, but a common goal.
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2015-05-30 07:30 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: decemberthirty
2015-05-31 02:00 am (UTC)
Wow! These spider photos are fascinating. Thanks for sharing the spider knowledge with us.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-05-31 03:32 pm (UTC)
I wish I knew more about them. Info on the interwebs is spotty.
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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2015-05-31 04:21 am (UTC)
Oh, awesome! I did not know that about this spider's family life.

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[User Picture]From: kimmykat_______
2015-05-31 04:06 pm (UTC)
That is so cool, Kyle! Thanks for sharing your obsession research!

Spiders just might be "cool!"
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[User Picture]From: andsaca369
2015-05-31 04:30 pm (UTC)
These are lovely photos! Speaking as an arachnophobe, it's being helpful to view spiders in a positive context.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-05-31 05:04 pm (UTC)
i should do some that show how really, really tiny they are.
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[User Picture]From: andsaca369
2015-05-31 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yes please! Context is important :)
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From: scarletwildfire
2015-06-01 04:08 am (UTC)
He's cute!
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