BallooningOnce hatched, Black Mark spiderlings release strands of silk into the air to be carried to new locations where they can spin their own webs and capture their own food.
Growth Rate & Stages
Egg SacsEgg sacs contain 500 mark eggs for one month in a tightly woven, papery ball where after the female die after hatching.
SpiderlingsA period of growth for three months wherein they undergo several molting stages: changing from white to yellow to orange to red.
AdultsThe last change is to black, one year after hatching. As spiderlings, they tended to stay in one secure place, to contrast their more mobile lifestyle as adults.
Ecology and Habitats
Black Marks favour sunny environments with lots of vegetation it hide and hunt.
Dietary Needs and Habits
InsectsAnts, caterpillars, grasshoppers, roaches and beetles are fed upon by the Marks. If caught in a web, or ambushed directly, the spider will give its prey its mark. After which, the creature slowly dies and is dissolved into a bubbly soup to be drunk.
OverwinteringWhen it gets too cool in their environment, spiderlings enter into a state of weak hibernation which is also the prerequisite to molting. This would happen many time in the spider's first year.
SubteelA herb-like plant that grows in damp, but not overly wet places. Large patches of the herb grow on the forest floor and can be guarded by single spiders. The spiders discourage plant eating insects and their larvae addicted to the chemicals in the plants' roots and leaves.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
VenomThe Black Mark gets its name from the resulting black spots that form around the skin where the victim was bitten. Usually non-lethal; it nonetheless has been shown to melt layers of skin either into clumps of skin or thin out the skin so as to appear transparent. It is highly sort after for a controversial and permanent medical procedure that allows researchers and surgeons to view bodily processes occurring under the skin.
You can see it in people too. A mountain man gave the mark to Cunene so he could see what he was doing as he was taking an arrow out her face. She's better now, but even so. Part her skull shows through the skin like it's some perversion of a mask. Veins and arteries circle the perimeter into the normal half: under the eye and across her chin. You can see flowing blood and other fleshy matters that continue on without notice. She's covered it with cloth bindings so less people bother her. But, at times, under a bright sun you can just make out an outline and sense the internal movement beneath it.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
1 - 3 years
Size of a thumb's nail or a big toe
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Midnight black with a red or orange imprints on its thorax and legs
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