Friday, August 31, 2012

She's Eating the Babies!

I stopped by to check on the Fishing Spider babies the other day. You can read all about the over at Mom seemed to be gone but the spiderlings looked to be doing ok on their own.
Well, yesterday I stopped by to check and I saw some motion as I neared the bluestem grass bunch. There, to my displeasure was a female regal jumping spider (Phidippus regius) chowing down on MY babies! She tried to duck and hide behind the stems of grass and in the spiderlings web, but I caught her in the act. The big meany (but she is kinda cute)! No wonder in nature we don't have a thousand fishing spiders walking in tandem after the birth. Probably very few make it through to adulthood. Survival of the fittest spider style.


Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

now she is freaky looking

Cindy said...

It's a spider eat spider world!

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