Never,ever dust or clean, that’s my motto. We looked over our neglected sun room and garage, and look what we found:
That’s a Parasteatoda egg sac, which probably contains between 20 and 100 spider embryos.
But that’s not all. We collected seven egg sacs and 4 fertile mamma spiders, all from two rooms in my house, and now sitting in vials while I anxiously await the Hatchening. Which will probably occur next week.
I’m kind of dreading this — it’s like everything happens all at once, and then I’ve got a gigantic swarm to maintain. I better set up some more fly bottles today, they’re born hungry.
Do you think these are new wild mommy spiders you’ve found, or are these escapees from previous broods, all grown up now?
PZ Myers says
PZ Myers says
Just thought that “wild mommies” sounds like a new category of porn. Or maybe it already exists?
The mildly deranged penguin says there is the Egg Sacks Union, part of whose manifesto (she says) complains about wild mommies eating their daddy and then abandoning them in a sack. Weirdly, despite world wide expertise with webs, they don’t have a world wide web presence.
UnknownEric the Apostate says
Peez@3: Wild Mommies, or SILFS ( Spiders I’d Like to Fuckin’ Study)?
I’m curious about the fly farming aspects – how can you ramp up the production of (presumably) adult flies for this increase in demand as rapidly as the demand is growing? Do you have a constant production with a lot of flies going to waste?