Fellow South African blogger Lisa from Notes from Africa just posted some pictures of a spider skeleton she found hanging from her garden wall. Intrigued, she sent the photos to the Spider Club, who advised that it actually looked like the skin of a female rain spider. Apparently, spiders moult regularly throughout their lives, shedding their old skin before growing a new one. The process is referred to as ecdysis. I wonder what the verb of that is?
Anyhow, I thought you might find her posts quite fascinating too, so pop on over to:
If you’d like to know what the live version of Mrs Rain Spider looks like, I refer you to the following posts about our own Close Encounters of the Eight-Legged Kind: