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According to New Scientist (This article and its images were originally posted on New Scientist November 29, 2018 at 03:51PM.)
Meet the milk-producing spider
(Cover Image) Zhanqi Chen et al.
Spider babies may be more like our infants than we thought. Mother spiders can produce nutritious milk-like fluids to feed their offspring.
Juvenile spiders eat all kinds of food: in some spider species they feed on small insects, and in others they catch pollen. Previous research has also found some spiders simply don’t eat anything until they grow large enough to hunt.
But Toxeus magnus, a type of jumping spider native to Southeast Asia, must be doing something else. Its young grow shockingly fast – they reach almost half adult size in the first 20 days of their life – but neither the youngsters nor the mother leaves the nests to gather food.
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