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.