All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Black Widow babies </strong>
Sometime during the wee hours of Aug. 3, 2008 the Black Widow's first egg case hatched. When I saw them their case was on the floor of their enclosure (a sealed plastic corsage box), presumably bitten off by their ...
Black Widow babies
Sometime during the wee hours of Aug. 3, 2008 the Black Widow's first egg case hatched. When I saw them their case was on the floor of their enclosure (a sealed plastic corsage box), presumably bitten off by their mother after they hatched. I assume the spiderlings with the larger abdomens are females and the thinner ones are males. I was surprised that they were orange with a black dot on the abdomen, just the opposite of what I had assumed they would look like! That's what makes studying nature interesting, you often learn your preconceived notions aren't always correct. Later today I will release these little critters far away from civilization so they can live, but not hurt anyone.

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