Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-season

Christie’s Challenge is ‘Off Season’.  Amongst other thoughts she suggested we adopt a wide brief to consider objects ‘…rested and unmoved…’

The other morning I found on my desk the ‘skeleton’ of a spider only a  cm or so wide.

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Spiders don’t have a skeleton inside their bodies. They have a hard outer shell called an

exoskeleton. Because its shell is hard, a young spider cannot grow so a young spider has to

moult or shed its exoskeleton. The spider must climb out of its shell, wait while the new

flexible skeleton dries hard so it can move. As adult spider stops growing so doesn’t moult.

It leaves behind a complete empty skeleton, ‘…an object rested and unmoved…’

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4 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-season

  1. Osyth says:

    I LOVE spiders and that is a beautiful picture!

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I didn’t know that – they are still scary though!

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