God speed, Original Cactus Spider, where ever you are.
I was also able to witness something I had NEVER BEFORE SEEN. This is kind of a big deal because I have spent a lot of time over the years observing nature. I thought I wanted to be a naturalist. But then I learned that it entailed more than creeping around in the woods, dictating into a microphone, pretending to be Sir. David Attenborough.
What I saw was Son of Cactus Spider shedding. I didn't know that spiders shed! But it makes perfect sense: what else are you supposed to do with an exoskeleton that's starting to pinch in all the wrong places?
It was hard to photograph because he was twirling around the entire time. But here we go:
He was really twisting around in the "wind" - though I'm pretty sure all that twirling was on purpose to speed along the shedding process.
Here he is, peeeeeling out of those old legs. I imagine it's like taking off panty hose after a hot day.
He's free! and dangling from his discarded exoskeleton. He kind of looks like an octopus or something, I think.
Good work, Son of Cactus Spider!