Saturday, June 10, 2006
A cool-looking egg casing that I'm having trouble identifying. It's really pretty and sparkly in the sunlight and has a hard, resinous texture, kind of like amber. It looks like a glob of dried bronze glitter glue. I clipped the branch of the tree where I found it. The sparkling caught my attention when I was picking black raspberries at the edge of the woods. I guess I'll keep it in a jar and see what it becomes.
Black widow spider update:
The first one I caught (from the lunchbox) has produced an egg sac. She must have mated before I caught her. Her belly had gotten very big (should have taken a photo), and this morning I found this:
I'm not sure what to do. Part of me wants to dispose of the spider and her progeny, but another part of me wants to let them live. As much as I've been presented with spider "medicine" in the last couple of years I feel like this might be some kind of a shamanic test. I wonder what happens if I fail it? Even more, I wonder what happens if I pass it.