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62 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES.
The seriousness of such a spider
bite depends on circumstances
often only of minor import: but in
deep-seated cases, especially if a
bloodvessel is penetrated, the
symptoms are more alarming--
often with very severe pain and
discoloration of the parts affected,
nrrirenous disintegration of
largced one-third to its nl(,rmal size
-this main oval-shaped ocoon
being covered with an extra, and
very thin web-li ningi-resebillbling
a tiny snow-white veil. In both
instances, the tarantula had been
hidden inside the cocoon, and the
photo of the spiders were taken
by first focusing the cocoon, and
ENTIRE EXTERNAI.I H Ii. ) F A VICIOUS J 11PING, TARAI NTIIA I NT\N i.E
ix WIY HININ t V'ery hihilly Inagnified .
the tissues, with subsequent de-
rangement of the nerve centers,
The photographs in this issue
show how ingeniously tiEse spid-
ers prepared their silk-white co-
coon on the thorny cactus leaf- -
one of the photos showiuzr the co-
coon and the escaping spider er.-
then slightly tappin the base-.
} art of the ccoon with a slender
piece of stick. The instant the
:.lpider emerged the plate was ex-
posed, a few sc c(1dds. No, chlloro-
formi other artificial leans
were used in this ipro,ceedu lre : and
the views were taken at close
ranee. with the aid of an extra
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