kyle cassidy (kylecassidy) wrote,
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Meet Chumley the Spider!

Yesterday Emily's baby was two months old and look how he's grown! He's had his web in essentially the same place since he moved out of the vegemite jar, about two feet away from Emily's. Male uloborid's stop making webs after they become sexually mature and spend the rest of their lives wandering around looking for women. With the help of the Interwebs, I've decided his name is Chumley.

His webs are much more evenly constructed than Emilys, whose creations often look like rats nests and he's already started making his own stabilimentia, the web decorations nobody completely understands. Chumley's not as friendly as Emily, or maybe his eyesight is better -- if I come up to his web too quickly he'll run away.

It's getting chilly outside and there aren't as many insects as there were a few weeks ago. As it gets colder in the coming weeks, Chumley is going to find a spot to over-winter -- at the moment I know nothing about uloborid hibernation -- not sure if he's just going to curl up in a crevice or if he's going to build some sort of silk spider house. We shall see.

Telling the sex of a spider can be a tricky thing if you only have one spider. The Pedipalps, the little feet, in the front that many people mistake for fangs, are the giveaway. In this case Chumley's pedipalps look like a set of boxing gloves, Emily's are much smaller.

Adorable baby photos behind this lj spoiler cut for the arachnophobic.

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