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Oddities of Emily's Web [Jul. 4th, 2015|09:02 pm]
kyle cassidy
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So ... not a whole lot of action lately. Emily's just been hanging out in her web, sometimes she faces one direction, other times she faces another. I haven't seen her catch anything in a while and she doesn't seem to want any help. She IS gaining weight & girth, which makes me wonder if she's thinking about laying more eggs. Who knows. This might be the best photo I've taken of Emily just chilling. This is what she looks like. You can see her web which is vaguely orb like, and you can see her stabilimentia. Her abdomen seems to be getting larger again.

[photo of emily behind this cut]

Emily in her web, clickenzee to embiggen!

I wish I knew more about spiders. About Uloboridae, or cribellate orb weavers specifically. Why isn't there a book? Then maybe I'd have some idea what the heck is going on. All I know is that I've gotten involved in the life of this little thing and I don't know what's going on in her life and that I'll be ... inexplicably sad when there's no life to be a part of anymore.

Sometimes Emily makes a ... relatively nice web, it's never immaculate, and then other times she's like a drunken frat boy with a can of silly string. Case in point -- this ... which has been in her web for a few days now.


I've no idea what she's thinking when she leaves this.
You may clickenzee to figure it out yourself.

No idea what purpose it serves, what it's supposed to do ... although, only while looking at the photo I noticed that there's an egg sac buried in there, so maybe she's doing this to protect the eggs? But it's not on all of her egg sacs, so ... why this one? Was she like "oh heck! Can't stop the spinerrettes!" -- No idea.

So many questions, Emily. I wish I knew what you were up to.

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[User Picture]From: mollydot
2015-07-05 10:39 am (UTC)
If it wasn't for the egg sac, I'd suggest it's bait and she's trying to trap a bird by choking it.
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[User Picture]From: sheilagh
2015-07-05 02:03 pm (UTC)
Natural fit for Kyle: find an expert and PUBLISH a book, with your lovely pictures, and the expert getting to ponder aloud what's what!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-07-05 10:56 pm (UTC)
this sounds like an excellent plan. though i am currently short one spider expert.
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[User Picture]From: sheilagh
2015-07-05 11:12 pm (UTC)

find someone, who might not be nearby, and might not be spider experts, but likely some of the people answering know SOMEONE who knows someone .. in the web...

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From: swingchickie
2015-07-05 07:18 pm (UTC)
according to my husband, who's a bit of a lizard and bug nerd, it's probably just remnants of old webs that she hasn't cleaned out yet. so maybe she "cleaned house" and used the old stuff to further protect her bebehs, rather than toss it...
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