Unusual Presence

Found a spider on the wall that was about half the size of Sabyr, but with a coloration of a newly hatched spider (a sort of dull gray). I tried to get a picture, but it wasn’t showing up on my camera. I’ve never seen such coloration on that size of a spider. Sabyr’s hatchlings are still in her area, and still barely the size of pinpricks. Did a different female have her eggs hatch much sooner, and this is just a very young spider that hasn’t finished shedding through its skin yet? I don’t know how else it came about. If it hangs around, I’ll try to keep an eye on it. Give it a week, maybe it’ll end up brownish like the rest of the population.

(Is there an official word for spider hatchlings? I should look it up sometime.) A hatched spider is called a “spiderling”, which is probably something I should have known. I’m sure I’ve fought spiderlings inĀ someĀ MMORPG at some point.

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Sabyr’s Hatchlings

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Sabyr’s the only other female I’ve been able to find, aside from Gala’s wandering through. She’s resident beneath the cabinet. There might be some hiding behind the toilet, but given the location, I rarely look there. I wish I had actually been keeping track of how long she had been carrying the egg sac, but oh well. Yesterday, I believe, they started to hatch, but it may have begun sooner. The shape of the sac in her palps had been the same for awhile, but maybe it’s possible that the hatchlings hadn’t fully been out, or able to move away yet?

A few hours later, they’re spread out around her. It’s about 23 hatchlings, one of them has already left the mom’s web, surprisingly enough. Supposedly they stay in her webbing area for nine days. This one must be a rebel.

I’d really like to mark the spiders somehow, so I can actually tell them apart (instead of calling every large female “Gala”). I thought maybe a dot of paint could work. I’m not sure if it’d be harmful to them or not. I’m also not sure if adults shed their skins at all. I know that the babies do a few times before they’re full grown, but are they able to do it after? That would sort of ruin trying to mark them!

Sabyr’s the only one I have to test it on though. Males only last about a year, females last three or more. Heck if I know how old any of the males are, but I’m sure, given Sabyr’s size, she’s still young.

Gala

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I’ve probably named several spiders Gala over the years. Pretty much any large female that shows up gets the name; if there’s two, one is Gala, the other is Komta. As far as I’m concerned, Gala’s the ruler of the bathroom. Anyway, hadn’t seen her in awhile. She tends to pop up when I least expect it. She had been up near the ceiling, and when I go into the bathroom, I skim around to see if anything’s changed, or if there’s any of them somewhere that I might step on them or if there’s any silverfish on the floor. She was gone and I couldn’t find her, so I figured she’d skipped town again.

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Nope. I find her coasting down a wall in the shower. She should know better! Tsk. So I got a few, mostly unsteady, pictures of her, before slowly leading her back to a non-shower wall.

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Some spiders can hide in a nook of the shower and be safe from the water. I figured with her size she might not be as lucky, so I got her out. I later found her in a ceiling corner outside of the bathroom, and now she’s MIA again. I think she was looking for prey in other spiders’ webs before moving on. Who knows.

Recently I had a problem with trash in a closed-off storage room that had numerous fruit flies. After we got it cleaned out, I found several large females. I guess that’s where a lot of them have been hiding. I generally think they move to the cellar when they’re not in the bathroom. There’s not many elsewhere in the apartment. A few here or there, mostly males I think.