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Karoo Rain Spider nest

Parapalystes sp.


Rain spider nest spotted and photographed over three days. Last photo of a slightly bigger one enjoying the easy meals available.

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StephenSolomons 10 years ago

wow, great series

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 10 years ago

It is a ready source of food and spiders are known for their cannibalism. The photos are of the same nest over a period of about 5 days.

YukoChartraw 10 years ago

This is an incredible spotting! In the photo #3, was the slightly bigger one (I'm assuming it emerged from the same nest) eating the babies?!?!? Is it common for them to eat their own kinds? Just curious. :-)

Smith'sZoo 10 years ago

Pragtig!!! Ek gaan dop hou of daar een in ons tuin versteek is! Dankie Johan!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 10 years ago

A nest like that can contain up to 9000 eggs.

Ietermagog 10 years ago

How many are there????

alicelongmartin 10 years ago


Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 10 years ago


FoTony 10 years ago

Picture 2 and 3 gives you a much better view of the egg sack with all the little spiders. Very nice capture!

Johan Heyns
Spotted by
Johan Heyns

Hessequa Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Dec 19, 2012
Submitted on Dec 19, 2012

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