Posts Tagged ‘hatched’

Crab Spider

I’m proud of this picture!  This is the tiniest crab spider I’ve ever seen! From the lack of color, I suspect it’s recently-hatched. The bud it’s on is a 1/4 inch long.

The crab spider is on butterflyweed, a milkweed. Milkweeds are one of the best butterfly magnets, but that’s for another blog.

Crab spiders can turn the color of the flower they’re on, the better to “hide” themselves when waiting for prey to come close. They don’t weave a web to capture their prey; they use their front legs. They bite their prey to kill it and then suck it dry.  With legs spread, it shows how they got their name. The males grow to 1/8 inch long, and the females from 1/4 to 3/8 inch long.

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Eagle Diary

Nesting eagles

3-28-12 Buffy and I took a drive this morning to check the eagle nest. The male perched on a limb, and the female stood on the edge of the nest. My first thought was that the eggs had hatched. It was 74 degrees at 9:30, so I figured it was warm enough for either eggs or eaglets. I drove past, taking pictures, turned around and drove back by, taking more pictures. The one on the limb had flown. I began wondering if the male had gone for food, or maybe took over nesting activities and let the female get some exercise. (I take pictures through an open window. I figure that stresses them less than my getting out of the truck.)

When I got home I started going back through picture records of my trips to the nest: January 26 — both were on the nest; February 15 — one was sitting down in the nest, and I wondered if she was incubating; March 9 — female incubating. Male perched in a tree across the road, guarding the nest; March 28, today — female perched on the side of the nest and male close by on a limb.

Bald eagles incubate eggs for 34-36 days. That means 42 days from February 15. So I assume the eggs have either hatched or are hatching. I’m not sure how many days she waits between laying each egg. They lay 1-3 eggs, usually 2.

It’s a shame there isn’t some way to see down in the nest. Not knowing does add to the mystery and intrigue, though. I do tend to be overly curious by nature … which keeps me learning.