This did, essentially, happen today.
A couple weeks ago my 5 year old daughter found a black widow mom and her egg sack. She wanted to look at it, so I very carefully scooped it up into a jar, twisted on the top and went around it with duct tape for good measure. She begged to let them hatch so she could watch them, and this seemed to be decent science homeschooling, after which point I planned to put them in the freezer for a somewhat humane death. What’s the harm, I thought? They are sealed up well.
Well guess what, they weren’t. The jar I used was plastic and something some toys had come in. There were small HOLES in the bottom and sides, barely visible. Smaller than a hole punch, but plenty big for a baby black widow.
So today we’re going about our lives, when she notices a tiny spider. I kill it. Then there’s another. Then another. I start to think....oh no. I grab the jar to find the egg sack has indeed hatched, with hundreds of tiny little venom weapons. But... keep reading on reddit ➡