26 Jun '12, 2am

The Annotated Budak: Palp romance by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Palp romance by @budak

for aquatic respiration, but the arachnids have survived and spread as far as the Galapagos, Japan, Brazil and Polynesia with little more than a knack for finding airtight retreats and an appetite that can withstand prolonged fasts. Snail shells, rocky cavities and tubeworm casings serve as submersible houses for the spiders, which line the walls and entrances of their shelters with silk to stay dry in the dark. During periods of serenity between spring tides, Desis probably does little more than breathe easy and live light, enjoying a level of existence few higher beasts can tolerate and which could seal its fate should the seas rise up against those who burn their past and blow their future before the spiders can reach new footholds. Come low water, the hunters emerge to chase down small arthropods and court mates, if non-consensual grappling and insemination of females ...

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budak.blogs.com 04 Jul '12, 6am

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budak.blogs.com 02 Jul '12, 1pm

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budak.blogs.com 28 Jun '12, 3am

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budak.blogs.com 07 Jul '12, 10am

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budak.blogs.com 25 Jun '12, 1am

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budak.blogs.com 05 Jul '12, 9am

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budak.blogs.com 22 Jun '12, 11am

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budak.blogs.com 22 Jun '12, 11am

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budak.blogs.com 20 Jun '12, 3am

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budak.blogs.com 20 Jun '12, 3am

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budak.blogs.com 06 Jul '12, 2am

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budak.blogs.com 19 Jun '12, 4am

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budak.blogs.com 18 Jun '12, 1am

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