Great excitement in the garden on Thursday evening.
My daughter spotted this rain spider nest about 10 days ago and has been keeping a watchful eye on it ever since.
Thursday evening just before 7p.m. she went to have a look, an ear-piercing squeal told us something was happening.
Yes! The spiderlings were emerging from their nest.
Hundreds of the little things climbing out and heading off into the safety of the thick ivy.
The nest is against our boundary wall with quite dense shrubbery in front of it.
Getting these photo graphs meant climbing through this heavy plant growth and getting quite close, all the while wondering where Mommy spider is. Female rain spiders can be quite aggressive when they have babies to protect.
All these photo's were taken by my son, which finally gave Mom the opportunity to get her own back. He has always been the practical joker in the family and has been the cause of more than one heart stopping moment. It was getting dark when the last few photo's were taken and I was standing behind him holding a torch. Then I saw my chance – I tapped him lightly on the shoulder and yelled. The reaction was perfect! He jumped back almost dropping the camera, ready to run but almost fell over me who by then was rolling on the ground with laughter.
Rain spiders lay between 50 and 300 eggs. I don't know how many babies came out of this nest but it was a lot. There were at least 30 visible on the nest at any time, with a continual mass exodus lasting almost half an hour.