And God said, Let there be legs.

and there were legs. (Arachnogenesis 1:3)


Yesterday I’d posted about an Argiope spider that had lost two of its legs in a skirmish that is all to frequently replicated in nature, regardless of scale.

And lo! I find the same spider again after 4 days, to see that it has regrown them.

Online searches showed me that limb regeneration is usually only possible among juvenile spiders, the notable exception to this being tarantulas. This was certainly not a fully mature Argiope, still having to go through a few molting stages to get there.

What’s fascinating is that the legs took but 4 days to develop that much. I wish I’d caught the complete cycle of regeneration. Just when you think that you know everything there is to know about spiders, boom. They hit you on the head again with some insane badassery.

Spiders recycle junk to build decoys, build webs of gold, cleverly use leaves as both housing and as traps, use stupidly simple or ingenuous escape techniquestravel invisible pathways and look as cute as kittens. Add regeneration of limbs to that list.

Bloody hell.

Metadata Canon Powershot G11. ISO 200. f/4.0 at 1/800 second and f/4.5 at 1/100 second. Edited using Picasa 3.8 and Adobe. Taken in December 2010 at my workplace near Bommasandra on the outskirts of Bangalore, India.

And God said, Let there be legs.

2 thoughts on “And God said, Let there be legs.

  1. Anu Philip says:

    Ok… I admit that the spider in the link did look sort of adorably terrifying but as cute as a kitten? Are you out of your mind man? Kittens are like the popes of cute. They are our bridge from ugly ugly mortality to the paradise of fluff and heart-wrenching cuteness… that spider could perhaps qualify as an altar boy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I was planning this elaborate Oatmeal-style face-off between spiders and kittens, and it took me a while to realise that I’m not that funny. :)What I’ll say is this: Kittens get WAY more love per [measure] of cuteness than spiders do. I’m trying to balance the scales a ilttle, thassal.

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