I couldn't imagine what could have turned Charlotte into a limp mass of legs, until I looked above her and saw her cast off skin hanging in her web above her. She had done this very fast, as I had only taken the first photo on this page a short time earlier...and the effort obviously had taken a lot out of her. What a photo op this was! I had seen many a discarded spider suit, but had never seen what a trauma it caused the spider.
As I took these shots, MISTER Charlotte kept going back and forth between the shed skin and his pitiful looking mate....as if he was trying to help her. In the above right-hand photo, it looks as if he's trying to hold her hands...all 8 of them.