I found this beauty in the tub standing in a strange,
hunchbacked way. I could see that she had tethered herself to the
tub and was
in a kind of ballooning position (on her toes). I knew she
thinking of traveling in a windless tub so I had to take
some pictures to see what was going on. Low and behold, she
had just consumed a meal and was still chewing on the last
of her prey. Now whether she was tethered to eat and/or molt, I
don't know, but here are some photos with only parts of a
consumed smaller spider strewn underneath the female funnel
weaver. I think they were both the same species judging
from the coloration of the legs. I wish I could have
gotten a front shot but her position on the bottom front part of
the tub made that impossible, but she still gave me some great
shots. I love macro photography!
The ballet dancer position. On your toes!
"Parts is parts". Here a leg, there a leg...
Underneath you can still see part of whatever she's chewing on hanging
down by the pedipalps. I hope it wasn't
her boyfriend. She was very large for a female. © Carol Davis,
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