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Mother Lynx with babies by melvynyeo Mother Lynx with babies by melvynyeo
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All spiders, to varying degrees, cover their eggs with silk, a few primitive species with just a few strands and others with a dense layer of silk in the form of a discrete egg sac.

Many female spiders carry their egg sacs with them or guard them in other ways.

These behaviors are, of course, elementary forms of parental care. Some spiders give more elaborate care to their young.

Female wolf spiders carry their egg sacs with them everywhere, and when the eggs are ready to hatch, the mother tears the tough egg sac open so that her babies can make their way out.

They immediately scuttle up onto her abdomen and ride there until they are ready to begin feeding, at which time they drop to the ground.

A European spider, Theridion, provides a far more advanced form of parental care.

The female closely guards her egg sac, which hangs in a protective tent in the upper part of her web.

For several days, the newly-hatched spiderlings feed on a liquid that oozes from the mother’s mouth. They share the mother’s food, eating liquids that ooze from wounds that she makes in the tough outer shell of the prey.

Eventually, the young grow large enough to help their mother make captures by throwing strands of their own silk over the struggling insect.

When the mother ultimately dies, her offspring eat her body, her last contribution to the welfare of her babies.
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Now there's a Madonna-and-child shot outside the norm! This really displays the admirable colours of the Lynx spiderlings. With their eerie, green limbs and little pumpkin-orange heads, they kind of remind me of the Green Goblin, which is particularly funny considering these are spiders. 

Really interesting description of these spiders' life cycles, the idea of a cooperative spider family sounds really fascinating! Quite like this shot, well taken. 
FenrirsRune Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's amazing, but I gonna have nightmares today, thanks XD
ilovelife4 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
You are my hero....I don't believe this photo. Nature is amazing.
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Thank you! :) :)
iambutils Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i salute you!
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you! :)
malaladanila Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Amazing shot! :clap:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
malaladanila Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
My pleasure! I love your work!!!
ButterflyFish Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
beautiful photo! :wow: thank you as always for its description! =)
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