Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gutsy - the black house - and young!

Gutsy, introduced only yesterday, is a black house spider (Badumna insignis). She looked thin, so I had assumed that she was just not fully grown. How little did I know! Tonight she emerged, and a hoard of miniatures versions emerged with her. Click on the images to have them enlarged.

I was duly excited, but Gutsy wasn't quite as content as she usually is with my presence, camera and flash. She turned and returned into the safety of her retreat. And most of the young turned and followed her:

How cute is that?!?

An hour later, Gutsy was out again, but with no young. How does a spider tell her spiderlings to stay indoors?

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