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Friday, July 22, 2011

Small black spider with egg sac

Photo of American common house spider, Achaear...Image via WikipediaI’m having a Charlotte’s Web moment.

I was going to wash the front windows when I saw a small black spider trying to protect her egg sac in the corner of one window.

I washed around her and kept an eye on the spider. According to Wikipedia it is a Common House Spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum). Like the House Finch, the spider nests near human houses and thus was named "House" Spider. It has a tangled web in the corner of the window full of a variety of bugs.

This picture depicts spiderlings of a Common H...Image via WikipediaI watched for about a week and then came in the other day and saw about 100 baby spiders about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. The hatchlings hung around for a few days and when I came in this morning, they were gone.

Good luck little guys!

Related article
How E.B. White Spun 'Charlotte's Web' : NPR (npr.org)
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1 comment:

Donna Frasca ♋ said...

YIkes! You're a better person than I am! I'm scared to death of spiders.