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Tuesday October 2, 2012

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Question:

How do young Black Widow spiders leave the nest and go out on their own?

Neal, TX

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Answer:

Black widows are one of many kinds of spiders that disperse by "ballooning", whereby the new born spiderling releases some silk into a breeze and then allows the wind to carry the strand of silk, with the spider on it, to wherever the wind shall go. This was nicely depicted years ago in a cartoon movie called "Charlotte's Web", where at the end of the movie the new baby spiders took off on their flight and the momma... Read more

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