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Question: I see people have re-visited this old spotting. Thanks! I've thought about this one. I think what I originally interpreted as the spiderlings dying might, in fact, have been the discarded skins of the second instar. I've read that the second instar happens about 30 hours after eclosion. Usually, these spiderlings are dispersed by ballooning, but this web was in a corner sheltered from the wind. Under those conditions, you might actually see the discarded skins hanging in the web. But, I'm no spider expert. I'm just a naturalist who read up on a topic. Can anybody out there speak to the question?