Yeah, sorry, arachnophobes! It’s day 6, everyone is looking good, so I’ve started trying to figure out how to sort out the tremendous number of spiders I now have in the lab. It looks like a few hundred babies, with 4 more egg sacs waiting in the wings to hatch out. I think I’m experiencing a population explosion.
Ice Swimmer says
So PZ’s spider farm is basically a series of tubes. (I’ll get me coat.)
Population explosion? Well, you’ve certainly got a major cuteness outbreak there. Thank you–I’m enjoying your videos.
have you had any instances cannibalism
seems I have heard that it is common with spider-lings especially inside the egg sack do you think opening it up and supplying adequate food help to prevent or lesson it?
i really like spiders miraculous and fiendish. so focused on the job at hand.
@#3 – PZ made passing mention of a carcass or two he spotted not long after they started mobilizing. If he wasn’t keeping the ones he liberated satisfied with lots of fruit flies the hungry little devils might have been at each other with considerable relish. The unopened sacs might end up rupturing forth a more gruesome story.
FtB/Pharyngula is fast becoming a website. :-P