Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A hundred thousand spiderlings!

On a recent visit to Karimanoor, I came across these recently hatched spiderlings. Spiderlings are immature spiders. The female spider lays between tens to thousands of eggs and encases them in a silk covering case. The sac is usually guarded by the female until the young ones are ready to hatch. Usually the spiderlings stay inside the sac until they are ready to emerge, living off the yolk. In this video they have emerged and are resident within the web that their mother spun. They will then moult as they grow and go off to create their own web and hunt for themselves.