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Spider Nest - Araneus diadematus

Spider Nest - Araneus diadematus
Auburn, Washington, USA
May 16, 2004
OK Atomicspider. This is your baby! Babies? They were clumped together in a ball about 5-7mm, and I took this picture after I blew on them. No adults around.....

Moved from unidentified egg sacs, spiderlings, & young spiders. Rod Crawford confirms ID.

These spiderlings...
are Orb-Weavers. I'm surprised they have appeared this early. Here I don't see them til June.

It's been pretty warm here the last 10 days or so. Do these make good pets?

Not really
These are web spiders that don't actively seek out prey. A pet would be something you can hold in your hand. A hunting spider. Some of the wolf spiders and larger jumping spiders make good pets. For the wolf spiders, I recommend Alopecosa cuneata or Hogna frondicola. There are a few more. For jumping spiders, Phidippus audax, Phiddipus purpuratus, and Phidippus princeps make excellent choices. P. regius is another, but it's confined to the southeast U.S. Make sure you know their habits and habitat and whether they are diurnal or nocturnal. Diurnal spiders are preferred over nocturnal.

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