Friday, November 12, 2010

A mother's love

Look how much even spider mothers love their children. I went to check on my argiope mother and discovered she'd moved her egg sac into the corner. As you can see, she's guarding it. And she will until she dies, probably within a few weeks. After she's gone, then I'll take over and watch over her unborn spiderlings. They won't hatch until sometime next spring.

Isn't she beautiful? Isn't a mother love beautiful?


Shawnelle said...

That's a mama for you - protecting her babes with everything she's got. And I love how you're stepping into guard them until spring. Why is she going to die?

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Hi Shaswnelle! She'll die because she's at the end of her life cycle. Most spiders have a one-year life cycle or less.

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