Wednesday, November 27, 2013

End of a productive life

My spider lady passed during the night. I knew her time was short. She'd stopped spinning a stabilimentum (zig zag) within her web. Then last night I saw her just clinging to what remained of her web. The temps were cold so instead of going outside, I opened my office window and shot a few last images of her. Sure enough, this morning, she was gone. 

While outside tending bird feeders, I stopped by and searched the salvia and lantana foliage beneath where she'd hung. But I found nothing. Except for her four egg sacs, tributes to a productive spider life indeed. 

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