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54 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES.
ago, the writer came across a
large broken oak tree trunk, with
its bark loosely adherent to the
fallen tree. In removing this
bark with a stick an interesting
scene presented itself. In one cor-
ner two large scorpions, with tail
erect, were seen, coiled up and
ready to strike, and several feet
apart two small jumping spiders,
with their breeding nest were to
he seen. They were both of the
deadly speckled type, and the jet
black colored variety with its
which the spider dwells and lures
for some insect that may be en-
tangled in this upper web (just
as seen in the illustration).
A similar rare and rather tqeer
and scientifically interesting
breeding nest of a spi(ler is also
seen in the photo illustration in
these pa'"es, showing a spider's
1)rt'elin nest in a large silver
spoon. The spoon with its inter-
esting contents was handed the
writer two years ago by the see-
retary of the San Antonio Scienti-
t. * j:
PHOTOMICCROG A.\PH ' .-\ Et I
three carmine red specks. It was
hidden under the cover-lining of
its dense webnest-exactly as
seen in the original photo in
these pa es. In the center part ci.
this illustration is seen the round-
ed or oval-shaped cocoon of these
spiders, which contained myriads
of eggs, and perhaps developed
young spiders. The mother spider
of this species covers its breeding
nest with delicate, yet dense and
strong, upper weblining, under
fic Society., and later I hlapp)encd
to prepare a photo copy of same
for a lecture before the Scientific
Society of San Antonio, on Texas
arachnids. This spoon, as the il-
lustration shows, was nearly en-
tirely covered with a densely wo-
ven, network cover, and a funnel-
shaned breeding nest inside the
hollow part of the spoon. We
noticed numerous living spiders
crawling over the edge of the
spoon and along the web-lining-
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Menger, R. Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses, book, 1913; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143558/m1/58/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.