Four-Legged Woes

I was surprised to come across a four-legged spider trying to fight its way up the side of the wall. The least amount of legs I’ve seen a spider with is five. I don’t imagine this one is going to have much for a longer life. I did, however, collect it into my palm and offer it a boost higher up on the wall, and then encouraged it into continuing until it grasped some old webbing.

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It’s been awhile since I named a spider. Mostly because they’re very in-and-out this summer, so it’s hard to really keep track of them, or recognize them. It’s easy to recognize a four-legged spider though! So I’ve named this one Ongso. We’re going to say he’s a guy. Without all his legs it’s hard to tell, and I’m far too exhausted to look up other measurements to go by. Here’s hoping he keeps making his way towards the ceiling. 1) There’s more old webbing up there. 2) It’s away from the door, which is where he is now.

I thought about moving him over by the sink where there’s a small spiderling or two resting buuut… they could potentially beat him up. And if they tried, they’d easily win.

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I tried to sketch out his missing limbs. Paint + Touchpad isn’t the best method, haha but it’s loosely right, at least gives folks an idea. You can see just how off-kilter he is without those limbs.

Of Spiderlings and Fungus

Ohhh let’s see… various things to post about. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been traveling a lot. It’s only been a little over a week that I’ve since settled back into my apartment. I found one female surrounded by numerous spiderlings! She’s since moved off, but I think her children are still chilling out where she had been. It’s hard to tell, they’re at a portion of the ceiling that’s hard for me to really see. It’s very possible that the darker spots I see up there are clumps of dust.

There were also some larger, but still young, spiders that had hunkered down near a spot of my sink. I was very happy for these guys because they had taken out some of the ants that had been plaguing my apartment.

The ants were one of the reasons that I was looking forward to the eggsacs hatching; I needed my spider army to take care of these guys. I wasn’t so patient for the spiderlings to grow up though, and I may have messed with some of their habitats when I went hardcore anti-ants on the apartment. For the most part, I think they survived.

I still need to fish out my camera. There’s still a lot of very large females out back that I’d like to get some shots of. Also, I (begrudgingly) had to go down to my basement recently, and found several fungus-covered spiders. Yay, internet, for enlightening me on what the heck I found was. I’ve never seen such a thing, but they didn’t even twitch when I blew air at them, so it must be these dead, fungus-ridden guys. Poor things. They were the strangest sight; I wasn’t even sure they were spiders at first. As much as I loathe going into my basement, I should take a look again.

…completely unrelated to spiders, but I find it interesting that the user of the linked post is named Pam from Bourne, MA. My aunt is named Pam and she lived in Bourne… Haha, maybe they are one in the same?