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Ms A's Nest Dissected  - Araneus andrewsi

Ms A's Nest Dissected - Araneus andrewsi
San Pedro, Los Angeles County, California, USA
October 16, 2011
I waited for months, a little over two, to see if something could emerge from the nest she once guarded. I finally removed it from the flower pot drain and peeled away the curly web only to find this hard corn flake like egg mass. I believe we have our answer to the spousal question. Ms. A apparently expired childless.

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Evening Porch Inhabitant - Araneus andrewsi Evening Porch Inhabitant - Araneus andrewsi Evening Porch Inhabitant - Araneus andrewsi Evening Porch Inhabitant - Araneus andrewsi Saturday Night Leftovers - Araneus andrewsi Sunday Night Dinner - Araneus andrewsi Thursday Night Wrap Up - Araneus andrewsi Getting a Little Fatter - Araneus andrewsi Getting a Little Fatter - Araneus andrewsi persevering - Araneus andrewsi Wednesday dinner... more vinegar flies - Araneus andrewsi Dec10 grand capture, a wasp - Araneus andrewsi Dec14 update Dec14 update Ventral - Araneus andrewsi anterio-dorsal? - Araneus andrewsi Abdominal surface - Araneus andrewsi Ventral View - Araneus andrewsi stretched out dorsal - Araneus andrewsi Earwig for dinner - Araneus andrewsi Earwig for dinner Another View - Araneus andrewsi April 16 Eleventh Hour Pose - Araneus andrewsi April 16 Eleventh Hour Pose Ventral - Araneus andrewsi April 16 Eleventh Hour Pose Ventral Detail - Araneus andrewsi - female May 13 Bigger and Bigger - Araneus andrewsi - female May 25 Red Admiral Dinner - Araneus andrewsi - female Latest and Greatest Portrait - Araneus andrewsi - female Ms A makes a nest - Araneus andrewsi - female Ms A makes a nest, another view - Araneus andrewsi - female Ms A bites beetle - Araneus andrewsi - female Ms A's Nest Dissected  - Araneus andrewsi

Hi Rob
Any chance you can find us a male of this species this coming summer?

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The Summer
Well, I'll certainly keep my eyes peeled. I've kept Ms A's eggs in a little jar with a nylon stocking lid, but I'm afraid their sterility is confirmed. In my yard the most successful spider seems to be Cyclosa turbinata. It has persisted longer and in higher numbers than any other. In the park nearby Argiope argenata persisted although in diminishing numbers into the winter. Now spiders are pretty thin in the neighborhood with only a few Cyclosas and the resident Funnel Web Weavers in the Lantana. Thanks for the sustained interest.

Araneus andrewsi
You might want to keep that egg sac in a container and make sure nothing happens in the spring? This is such a great series... very nice.

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