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December 01, 2016: Peucetia viridans spiderlings

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Today I'm extremely lucky. August 14, I explored Triple Creek Nature Preserve and found my first male and female Peucetia viridans. They were quite prevelant so I decided to visit at least 1/month and try to catch their behavior (prey catching, mating, egg sac management etc). Observed both male and female on Sept 22 - and brought one home to see if they fluoresced in 365 nm UV light.

October 9, I observed the mating dance of P viridans

October 25, I found several female P. viridans guarding egg sacs. One attached to a woody part of a bush and the other hanging from the branch of a bush.

December 1, The mom was absent from the egg sac but perhaps 50 - 100 orange spiderlings were there.

December 2, All spiderlings had departed the egg sac - some were dropping to the ground - perhaps preparing for cold weather.

Here are the photos of the spiderings - A cluster of spiderlings

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Eyes of an infant Peucetia viridans

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Lateral view of aninfant P. viridans showing the spinnerets,orange abdomen and greenish cephalothorax and eyes

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Spinnerets of infant P. viridans

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A cluster of spiderlings

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Eyes of P. viridans

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Another view of the spinnerets

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An infant departing her old exoskeleton

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A focus stack of the cluster of spiderlings

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A focus stack of the cluster of spiderlings

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A focus stack of the cluster of spiderlings

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Departing her old exoskeleton - cephalothroax

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