Smeringopus pallidus in Pointe Blanche

After stopping by the museum in Philipsburg for International Museum Day, I took advantage of a brief break in the bad weather to take a little hike up into the hills of Pointe Blanche. Near the top of one unnamed hill, I lifted a large piece of plywood to find dozens of Smeringopus pallidus, many of which were carrying egg sacs or little balls of spiderlings. It was a little tricky to photograph them, because they were bobbing up and down on their long legs. I suppose this is defensive, but while it made it very hard to get photos, I don’t think it would have prevented me from eating them, were I interested in doing so, which I was not.

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