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  1. birgerjohansson says

    (continues singing)

    can he walk
    on a wall
    no he can’t
    He’s a pig

    LOOKOUT!!!

  2. Crimson Clupeidae says

    I had a small spider like that wandering around my computer last week. It was really darn cute. I eventually captured it and put it outside.

  3. ledasmom says

    I had the most adorable little jumping spider drop onto my glasses at work last week. It dangled from them while I directed it to a somewhat safer place. I was unable to share this with my coworkers because many of them are seriously skeeved by spiders and view a spider dropping onto essentially their face as about the worst thing possible, but it was pretty cool.

  4. Trebuchet says

    When the picture was just loading and I hadn’t read the text yet I thought it was going to be a squirrel. Don’t you just want to stroke its fur?

  5. trollofreason says

    Is that actually a baby spider, or is that just a male behind a female? I thought that spiders mass-babied across the all genera.

  6. Ichthyic says

    The female will lay 5–13 eggs inside a small, silken egg sac.

    that’s actually pretty interesting. IIRC, most spiders lean towards the “r” end of the spectrum, producing large (hundreds or even thousands) of small eggs and trying for survival through sheer numbers.

    this species seems to have gone almost all the way to the opposite end of the spectrum, producing few, much larger young.

    would make for an interesting thesis to compare the two strategies and elucidate what the different environmental variables are that encourage one strategy over the other. Especially if both types of strategies occur in the same geographic areas.

    probably start here:

    http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1939345?uid=2&uid=4&sid=21104280364663

  7. trollofreason says

    That IS pretty interesting, actually. I’m both not surprised and highly amused by this spider, and her relatively unique reproduction strategy, comes from Australia.

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