I looked at the spider web, and saw something weird hanging in the middle… I thought, “Aww, something killed Charlotte.” But, it turned out, it was something entirely more wonderful.
Charlotte was changing her skin.
The knees are always the hardest part…
And, she’s out.
She hung like this, soft-bodied and vulnerable, until it was too dark for the camera to get a good shot.
The skin is just a pale husk; all the color seems to be in the spider.
So I came back the next day, and got a good picture of her fresh outfit. She moved and built a new web, too, so everything is nice and fresh.