Garden Spider Care
We are a home schooling family. We found a garden spider
outside my bedroom window. She has a cocoon above her web hanging from the
eave of the house. I would like to know if I could retrieve it without
disturbing her would the spiderlings hatch if placed in a 10 gallon fish
aquarium (empty of course). We have used the aquarium for several projects.
We can see the cocoon but not real close up.We have watched her killl her
prey as well as eat it. I would love for my children to be able to observe
up close the spiderlings hatching. As well as them spinning webs at an
early age. We would then let them go in the yard. Also what would we feed
them.I would appreciate any help.
Garden spiders are not thinking or adaptive animals and they will not
respond to an artificial environment well. Without the environmental
stimuli that spiders are innately programmed to respond to, they will not
survive. You may be lucky and create an environment to allow for the
hatchings, however, the young will compete in the closed habitat and
probably not survive. They are genetically program to disperse.
Science is a learning experience, so go ahead and give it a try. Feed them
live insects if a web appears.
Why not just leave it where it is, and let nature do its thing? So often
when we want to "help" nature out we do far more harm than good.
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Update: June 2012