Yesterday was a warm, wonderful day to be out at Lake Kirby! I was exploring on the boardwalk when I came across this cocoon, suspended by two long silk threads across several branches in a hackberry tree. This is a winter cocoon of the Basilica Orbweaver spider and the individual "beads" are egg sacs. This is how many spider species survive the winter. The adult female lays the egg sacs and wraps them up in silk to build a cocoon that can survive the winter weather. The ultimate sacrifice for a parent! Stay tuned for more posts about about how this species is adapted to survive until spring. But dangers lurk just around the corner! #DoctorBot #Lakeirby


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