Agnes molted! This was a very exciting time for us. A grad student in my lab and I sat, rapt with awe, for almost an hour as she slowly pulled free of her old skin (and old life!) and became a whole new spider. It was truly like watching a birth (or a rebirth?). Amazing.
If you don’t like photos of spiders, this post is, uh…not for you. Go check out this owl and kitten instead.
For those of you who are fascinated by this…check it out!
Check out those fangs!
She hung onto the ceiling of the cage…the gravity helps with the molting process.
The top of the cephalothorax pops off first.
Then the abdomen comes loose.
Aw…she’s so cute.
You can see the legs starting to come free here.
Chelicerae almost free!
Then things started getting really exciting. We were cheering her on the whole way.
She looks like a dopey teddy bear.
Some legs are free!
Go, go, go!
Oof! She did it!
(yes, we do have plastic meese in this office, don’t judge)
Ooooh, she says, what a day
Brand new fangs!
The old skin
The next day, she was up and looking healthy again!
(If you look at all these photos in reverse, it looks like she’s either getting sucked up into her old skin, or she’s putting on a hairy jacket.)