One somewhat, shall we say, unconventional approach is to eat your mother. The technical term is matrophagy (mother-eating). In a bizarre twist on who's coming to dinner, a desert spider mother goes to the extreme to get her kids off to a great start. These strange-looking spiders can, as their name implies, be found in desert climates. You can imagine that finding a place to build your web could present some challenges, but there are plants in the desert, and those plants are where you will find these spiders. After being serenaded by the male with delicate vibrations on her web, the soon-to- be-dessert spider mom clutches her sac of fertilized eggs in a cocooned silk ball near her mouth. While the mom is protecting her encased sphere of soon-to- be baby spiders, she continues to eat a nutritious menu of various insects. Then when the spiderlings are ready to hatch, the mom helps them escape their wrapping and begins regurgitating the pre-eaten food. The thing is, this also triggers a waterfall of digestive enzymes, which pour into the mothers' system and slowly liquefy her from the inside. This goes on for about two weeks, and all the while she is protecting and feeding her young, until she dies and they eat the rest of her before striking out on their own.