Quote: At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland. Now it’s filled with so many mosquitoes that it’s turned a little brown. There are times you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught in those webs.

In case you missed the news in August officials at Lake Tawakoni State Park in Texas found a truly enormous spider web that completely engulfed multiple trees and shrubs and which, in it’s entirely, covered about 200 yards of trail. Entomologists were in a tizzy because this sort of thing is exceedingly rare. The Tetragnathidae spiders native to the area are cannibalistic and solitary but this mega-web was evidently built cooperatively, by over 12 different types, to take advantage of unusually good feeding conditions brought on by heavy rains in the early summer. Now at the end of summer its being reported that the web is laden with egg sacs… Wow. Spider cooperation? Is this evolution in action? Would another good feeding season lead to a continuation of spider city? New behavioral patterns continuing on? Lets hope not because you just know what it would ultimately lead to...




09.15. filed under: headlines. science. wtf.

Only recently has my fascination with spiders (because they are marvelous machines) managed to barely eclipse my complete (irrational) fear of them. So I was enjoying this and clicking the links and being generally fascinated and amused.

Until the last image.

On the bright side, it give me the perfect excuse to drink myself to sleep tonight in an effort to render myself so thoroughly unconscious that I don’t revisit that image during my slumber.

posted on 09.15 at 05:00 PMJane

Hahaha… sorry Jane. If it makes you feel any better, the image (from a French AIDS awareness poster) has a male counterpart, though if you happen to have a fear of scorpions as well I’d avoid the link.

posted on 09.15 at 05:12 PMjmorrison

Oddly enough, scorpions don’t particularly bother me. Nevertheless, that image is no less ... er, special. And by special, I mean AAAAGGGHHH! WHAT THE FUCK!?

*passes out*

posted on 09.15 at 05:17 PMJane

(rendered speechless)

posted on 09.16 at 09:21 AM.

As someone who broke a vacuum cleaner by hoovering up any spider that appeared in my flat, then being too afraid to change the bag in case they were all still alive in there and getting together to attack in an angry swarm, this giant web thing confirms my worst fears.

That being so, I sensibly didn’t click on any of your links. Except the last one… because how bad could it be?

posted on 09.16 at 12:58 PMEmma

Hahaha. Jesus, Jaime. To be honest I found myself relieved it wasn’t you who created that last one.

I’m also kinda concerned about them coming over here. Possibly taking our jobs.

posted on 09.17 at 04:57 AMPierce

Note to self: no more one night stands with insects &/or arachnids.

posted on 09.17 at 06:16 AMsimon

I don’t think LOLspiders have a great future as an internet meme.

posted on 09.17 at 06:18 AMdocflo

Hmmm…being a gardener, I’m in favor of spiders, though not for the reason in the oo-la-la photo. (Have you ever seen a micrathena sagittata? I photographed one last year. Bizarre looking little buggers—the body is triangular, the back yellow with black dots, the sides vertically striped in purple, white and black, with four browny-purplish spikes on its back. Cute!) Anyway, the girl and spider photo reminded me of Masami Teraoka’s wonderful watercolors (in the style of ukiyo-e woodcuts) of the Tattooed Woman and the Octopus. Harmony between species, what could be better?

posted on 09.20 at 08:12 PM.

That sheety web was built by a communion of orb webbing garden spiders? Strange! I have an unusal relationship with spiders, having been bitten by a a brown recluse that left an affectionate heart-shaped ring around a painful wound. Not my choice for flirtation. I absolutely love the cartoons—hilarious.
Also I love the garden spiders. I watched one make her egg sac once. Most amazing.

posted on 09.21 at 08:32 PMCarla

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