Photos © 2011 Denise D. Greaves
Call this an unintentional science project. I found a black widow spider outside, not far from the patio door and put it into a jar, thinking I’d find another place for it later. A few days afterward, I noticed that the spider had spun a large round ball, clearly some kind of egg container. Since I didn’t note the date when I captured the spider, I don’t know how long it took for the eggs to hatch, but there was a surprise waiting for me on Wednesday evening.
What I saw when I looked at the jar on Wednesday, August 24:
Relative sizes of parent and offspring:
Close-up of baby spiders:
As you can see, taking pictures of something inside a jar poses challenges. I’m now thinking about finding or making a container for keeping insects or arachnids that also lends itself to photography.