Spider (four photos)
One Spitting Spider in my lifetime was amazing but another one 14 months later was just plain crazy! I found
this fancy female in the downstairs bathroom on the ceiling over the tub. By the time I scrounged up my camera
and got back to the scene, she had secured herself in a little web hammock suspended barely off the ceiling.
Biding their time, about 2 feet away on either side of her, were two male Steatoda triangulosa cobweb
spiders. Knowing what predators the Steatoda are, and to preserve the health of this female, I removed the
two cobweb spiders and left her just to see what the situation would be in the morning. The next day I found
her in the tub and she had consumed something (she had tell-tale insect or spider parts in the tub).
I figured she would be flushed or squashed (by other household members) if I left her there so I took her
out to our shed and left her in a good spot. I hope she survives with all those funnel weavers, jumping
spiders and cobweb spiders. She'd already lost one leg. © Carol Davis, 9-14-2013
I just love the cool-looking face on these incredible spiders.
There's more information on my first Spitting Spider
page. Pictures of the two Steatoda triangulosa are shown below. © Carol Davis, 9-14-2013
This was one of the male Steatoda spiders that was pretty close to the Spitting Spider and he didn't
look too healthy. He'd probably been out looking for a female and forgot to eat. I'm wondering if
the thing off to the left of this him might have been part of the Spitting Spider's lost leg. The
Steatoda below was the second spider near her and was much more robust. © Carol
All three of these spiders were very small but the Steatoda were the smallest. © Carol Davis 9-14-2013
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