Now, is she not beautiful? Please, click on the photo for a really nice close up…

nurseryweb spider

Just look at those velvety stripes…!

Reading the wonderful Forster & Forster reveals the interesting life of these spiders (Dolomedes minor). For five weeks over summer, the female carries a sac the size of a pea, full of eggs, around with her. Somehow she knows when the spiderlings are about to hatch, because at that point she climbs a nearby shrub to spin the nurseryweb around the egg sac.

Not long after, the spiderlings hatch. The mother stays around for a week or so to guard the nursery.

And by the second week both the mother and the spiderlings have gone, leaving behind just the tattered nursery web…

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