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I'M A FATHER!!! [Aug. 17th, 2015|05:02 am]
kyle cassidy
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I've waited on the details of this because I was afraid it might be another disaster. About three weeks ago, Emily the Spider made another egg sack. She'd made two before, the first was destroyed by chalcid parasitic wasps that laid eggs inside her egg sack the the larval wasps ate her babies. The second egg sack she made I took down from her web and brought inside and kept in a jar, three weeks later chalcid parasitic wasps hatched from it. It was heartbreaking. When she laid eggs again last month I took that one too and last week, four babies hatched. If you're wonderng how many spiders pop out of an uloborid egg sack, the answer is "not a lot". They immediately spun webs on the sticks I'd put in there. I took the lid off and transported them onto the porch with some fruit to attract small prey for them. They are actually smaller than fruit flies. I hope this won't be a problem for them.

Here's how they look in their habitat right now.

Emily's babies! In their spidey playpen!
Clickenzee to see them larger!

[super closeup photo of one of the bubs behind this cut!!]

They are so small it's almost unimaginable.
Smaller than the head of a pin.
Parts of their bodies are clear. Little bubs!
Clickenzee to Embiggen!

I imagine these next few weeks are the most critical when they're so small and defenseless. A housefly getting in their jar and getting tangled in their web could be a catastrophe for them.

They are such frail things. How can they survive in this gigantic world?

I'll protect you as much as I can.

I'm off to go running and watch the sun come up. Tell me about something you saw today. Or give me your best names for spider babies.

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[User Picture]From: smithla8
2015-08-17 03:25 pm (UTC)

Spider babies!

Congratulations on the spiderlings. Perhaps you could name them after all your favorite characters from the Gilmore Girls. Or maybe Anansi, Aragog, Kumonga, and Parker (for Peter Parker).

I ate breakfast on the deck this morning while one of the Bundersons (local rabbit clan) nibbled on the green patches in the back yard. An Anna's Hummingbird came to the feeder, sipped from all four ersatz blossoms, then zoomed off over my head. Now it's cats and reading time before I have to pack for our trip to Pennsylvania.
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[User Picture]From: mollydot
2015-08-17 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'd missed the previous two tragedies. I'm glad you were able to save this brood.

Did taking them bother Emily, can you tell?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-08-17 03:50 pm (UTC)
Emily was sitting on them when I took them, she was like 'HOLY MOLY THE END OF THE WORLD!" but I wanted to get to them before the wasps did.
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[User Picture]From: mollydot
2015-08-17 03:56 pm (UTC)
Poor Emily. I hope you've shown her the photo of her babies doing well :-)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-08-17 04:02 pm (UTC)
At five feet away from her, they're like 100 million miles from home.
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[User Picture]From: robot_devil
2015-08-17 04:36 pm (UTC)
I love this post so much!
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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2015-08-17 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yay spiderlings! They are very cute, look at their stripey legs.

I hope Emily recovers from the shock. I'm sure she'd approve if she understood.

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[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2015-08-17 06:00 pm (UTC)
You're a GRANDFATHER, not a father the way you've been a good dad to Emily.

What a saw today: A few minutes ago it was clear. Then a cloud moved in, a thunder clap, and a downpour with the sun brightly shining. That doesn't happen much around here and it was amazing! Alas, no rainbows from it.
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[User Picture]From: mistressmousey
2015-08-17 06:44 pm (UTC)
Joy, Aranea, Nellie, Charlotte. Duh. ;)
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[User Picture]From: bluerosesgirl
2015-08-28 06:34 pm (UTC)
^^ of course! Seconded.

Also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xkOBvcAO1o
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[User Picture]From: ratphooey
2015-08-17 10:13 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Gramps!

I second Anansi, Aragog, Kumonga, and Peter Parker.
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2015-08-17 11:15 pm (UTC)
Ben and I went inside the house where Lee surrendered to Grant to end the Civil War. The house itself had been completely disassembled in the late 1800s, with a plan to reassemble it somewhere in Washington, D.C. That plan fell through, and in 1940, the house was reassembled on the place where it once sat. It is very close to the Appomattox Courthouse.

The docent was very focused on Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA. "This is really his story," he said. He asked us where we were from and we said, "Knoxville, Tennessee." He then confided he had one letter of complaint from a woman from Up North about his emphasis on Lee, and concluded she just did not understand the import of Lee. We politely left, not telling him that East Tennessee did not actually secede, Ben's ancestors fought for the Union, and Knoxville was occupied by the Confederates during the war. Nor did we tell him I'm essentially a Yankee, with a German mercenary ancestor that marched with Sherman. Granted, I'm also kin to folk who have been in Prince Edward County, VA, since before the Revolutionary War, including one who helped doctor the wounded from the Saylor's Creek Battle a few days before the surrender.

Life is complicated. Don't make assumptions.

It was a lovely house, though.
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From: chalcedony
2015-08-18 01:22 am (UTC)
Four babies ... John, Paul, George, and Ringo! ;)
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[User Picture]From: sheilagh
2015-08-20 12:23 am (UTC)
so cute!!
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