Without those last two words, this is cute...
That would be a bad ass Dark Souls Boss. You get her halfway down while fighting off her tiny babies, she drums, gets devoured, then the babies get bigger and stronger then you have fifty powerful babies to fight.
From a description of a similar spide
>>One of these spiders is Stegodyphus lineatus, found in the Mediterranean and Middle East. Once a female’s 80 or so eggs hatch, she stops tending her web and eating, and devotes all her time to feeding her newborns. She pukes up a fluid made from what’s left of her last few meals and some of her own guts, which started breaking down while she guarded the eggs and built up as liquefied tissue in her abdomen.
>>As the days go on and the spiderlings eat, *mom’s innards continue to liquefy*, and more of her guts and other organs like the ovaries dissolve as they become expendable. A little less than half of her body mass gets turned into food like this.
>>After two weeks, mom has fed the children what she can and the well runs dry. The spiderlings then pierce her abdomen with their mouthparts and drain her of the rest of her body fluids. They’ll spend another two weeks at the nest with mom’s empty exoskeleton before going their own way.
>>This kind of suicidal child care seems like a lot to ask, even of a devoted mother. **Amazingly, though, there are some spiders that will serve themselves up as a meal even to kids that aren’t their own.** A related species, Stegodyphus dumicola, is social and practices cooperative breeding. Females who don’t reproduce will help breeding spiders guard their eggs, feed their children through regurgitation and eventually allow themselves to be consumed.
It's effective for species survival. It also helps if you aren't aware of your conscious self.
My wife did this but with her time instead of herself
Strange that the article has so little information about the spider beyond this. :(
Also very odd that, for a mother that is so willing to let her young devour her whole, she's happy to lay another batch of eggs for that first batch to eat. I guess mothers really do love their first born more...
Irrational fear of spiders my ass. I am waiting for the next TIL about the Gossamer Spinner that only eats human eyes or the Dainty Web Dancer that screams like a stabbing victim and self immolates after making a nest in your hair while you sleep.