It’s too hot, so I’ve been hanging out with the spider babies

The lab is significantly cooler, at 20°C (the spiders are kept comfortable at 30°C in incubators) and our Steatoda triangulosa egg case has had a few feeble little spiderlings crawling out. Here’s one:

What do you think, adorable or irresistible? It was moving slowly, so it’s alive but still kind of weak and uncoordinated. Give ’em time, they’ll be hunting prey and gamboling about soon enough.

Also, useful information: S. triangulosa takes 17 days from laying to emergence from the egg sac at 30°C. File that away somewhere.


  1. Rob Grigjanis says

    From one of my favourite movies:

    You may smoke, too. I can still enjoy the smell of it. Nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy. You’re looking, sir, at a very dull survival of a very gaudy life. Crippled, paralyzed in both legs. Very little I can eat, and my sleep is so near waking that it’s hardly worth the name. I seem to exist largely on heat, like a newborn spider.

  2. blf says

    If poopyhead has been “hanging out” with the baby Shelobs, does this mean he’s been encased in silk and is being stored for a later meal, or (possibly encased in silk, and possibly stored), is a male Shelob ? In either case, he sounds like a meal…

    The mildly deranged penguin suggests a chilled vin rosé to go with the vegetable-fed poopyhead, who perhaps should be served with an aïoli sauce containing plenty of garlic. Cheeses and fresh fruit to follow…

  3. PaulBC says

    What do I think? I think it probably looks like a tasty jello treat to any adult spiders nearby and ought to get the hell out of Dodge while it still has a chance.

  4. says

    So I was wondering today, I bought my S.O. a chibi PZ t-shirt some years back (this chibi PZ one)

    Her shirt’s still fine. But maybe we could get a new version with a nice chibi spider someday. I think she’d wear it if I got her one. Granted, the ‘Pharyngula store’ doesn’t seem to exist anymore, at least not at that URL. I will watch for any new swag updates!