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60 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES.
The Haunts of the Small and Vicious Prarie
For reasons of their vicious
character and interesting life hab-
its in building a large snow-
white cocoon to live and breed in,
I submit to the readers a few
more original observations and
photographs directly from nature
concerning the jumping tarantula.
The photos were prepared lately
by the writer during an outing
near our famous Mitchell's Lake
hunting preserve. Much of the
of the little insects in the act of
emerging from its oval shaped co-
coon, or breeding nest, while the
other photo shows another, but of
a different type of spider, outside
of its nest-both on a large cactus
leaf. This breeding nest is of
snow-white -color and silk like
cluster; the main inside being cov-
tred and sheltered by an outside
web-lining; and both serve these
little dangerous creatures as shel-
BLU..,CK J3Mi'IN TxAANTuI.A ESCAPI'NG ITS COCOON OR 13aREEDIiNG, NE-Il.
\Vhich iC Prepared on a Cactus Ieaf
land and rocky hilly regions
around there is cleared of brush
and cactus jungles and converted
into cultivated land: much of it
though is still in the same wild-
erness as in the days of the In-
dians: and it is there among the
cpuntia cactus plants, w here quite
numbers of the various types of
the small and vicious jumping ta-
rantulas or vagabond spider
abound, and the photos show olne
ter in inclement weather as well
as a breeding haunt, the female
depositing immense numbers of
small round eggs inside .1 separate
and densely woven globular we)-
cocoon. They never spin lar.e
outside trap nest wehs like other
spider species do, as they catch
their prey, mostly small insects,
with a sudden far leap. with their
powerful and thick front leis
anIt (1 carved fan rs.
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Menger, R. Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses, book, 1913; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143558/m1/64/?rotate=270: accessed January 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.