Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Aug 02, 2017 Emerging Tetragnatha elongata spiderlings

Tetragnatha elongata spiderlings

I've not seen spiderlings in the wild so I picked 2 grape leaves, each with an egg cluster on it, and placed them in a ziplock bag along with a small wet paper towel segment.  After a week of waiting, they emerged last night while I was sleeping.  Here is the story.

An egg cluster patch.  The open area in the upper left of the patch is the escape hatch. Two spiderlings to the left and two in the middle right in the crease of the grape leaf

The escape hatch

Released in the wild - an idea of the size scale

They manage to build silk bridges between the leaves in a matter of minutes

Manipulating a silk strand

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