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Spider Egg Case



I found this egg-case lying in the middle of a trail. I had see one like this before attached to the branches and leaves of a desert bush. This one looked exactly what I had see before except that it was unattached and on the ground. When I picked it up to look at it I noticed it was very silky to the touch, softer, finer than a cotton-ball. Then I noticed spiderlings emerging and crawling on it! Finally, I knew what it was; a spiders egg-case! Before, I had presumed that maybe it belonged to a kind of moth but upon doing a little research and believe it may belong to the desert tarantula (Aphonopelma sp.). I'd love any help with identification :)


Desert shrubland, mountains

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El Paso, Texas, USA

Lat: 31.92, Long: -106.49

Spotted on Sep 23, 2015
Submitted on Sep 25, 2015

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