Comments & ID Thoughts
She made an egg sack.
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- Submitted: Mar 12, 2023
- Photographed: Dec 10, 2022
- Spider: Unidentified
- Location: Puyallup, Washington, United States
- Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
- Found in web?: Yes
I’m glad that she was able to make her egg sac. Was she still alive when the photo was taken? Sometimes spiders sacrifice their own bodies to their babies for nutrients. Males sometimes die after mating to provide the female with food for their offspring.
Thank you for the photo, we don’t receive many photos of Orbweavers with their eggsacs.
The eggs should become hatchlings soon. They’ll probably be little yellow spiders with a black spot on each. They’ll walk together until the atmospheric electrical charges and air currents are perfect for them to “balloon” – they can fly!
She was half the size within a couple of hours after this picture, then she disappeared. We get plenty of Orbweaver nests around here…I’ll try to post more often. Thank you for commenting!
P.S. If you look closely, she was in the middle of laying the eggs. You can see the wrinkles already forming & the sack was still transparent. Pretty lucky timing!