Subject: Mysterious Cellar Spiders Covered in White
Location: Castine, Maine
September 4, 2012 3:55 pm
I have read a few of the comments concerning the mysterious spiders apparently covered with a white frosty-looking substance. I have seen these in Maine, and am cleaning a few pictures of them off of my desktop. The ones I saw were definitely dead, as I could touch them with a stick with no reaction.
Thank you for your first-hand observations and photographs of this Fungus-Ridden Spider phenomenon. One of our most frequently commented upon postings has sparked a debate on whether these spiders are dead or alive. We maintain it is a fungus infection and it is possible that some of the spiders might not have completely expired, but they are not long for this world. We believe the fungus might attack the spiders while alive, but death shortly follows.