its fucking wild that when someone says they’re a biologist they could mean they hang out in the woods looking at birds and shit or that they spend all day mixing liquids together in tiny tubes and then swearing at poison jello
The larger carnivorous arthropods, like scorpions, tarantulas and centipedes, are all pretty good at fasting for long periods of time! Some can go many weeks or months between meals, so she’s fine just staying with her babies until they can fend for themselves.
In addition to protecting them from predators, a mother centipede constantly licks and grooms her eggs until they hatch. Eggs separated from the mother have a very high rate of lethal fungal infection, so her saliva must contain some sort of antifungal compound!