Note the zig-zag pattern in the web's center in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Note the zig-zag pattern in the web’s center (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

They’re not exactly warm and fuzzy (actually some are sort of fuzzy), but spiders are really neat and beneficial creatures if you can overlook their scary appearance.  Although I keep my home relatively clean, if you look up you may spot a spider or two hanging out on the ceiling waiting for something to eat.  And outside, the doors are adorned with multiple webs full of delicacies caught in their sticky snares.

A Garden Spider's massive web in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A Garden Spider’s massive web (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

In both garden and yard, I’m always thrilled and intrigued to see the variety of webs and lines carefully wound around leaves and branches.  The work involved for one tiny 1/4 inch arachnid to reach from one limb to another seems daunting and mysterious at the same time.  How do these little Tarzans (and Janes) do it?  Especially when you consider that often the web needs to be respun daily, after a storm or intruder destroys it.  It’s exhausting just thinking about it . . . [Read more…]

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