Saturday, October 24, 2009

Spider Mobile

Okay, so I don't wash my car a lot. I like it that way. I like that a spider of some kind has chosen my passenger side mirror as a home. I take care of my car, giving it the oil changes and decent gas that it likes. I make sure it runs well, but I don't care if it's a little sticky with tree juice. (I'm lookin' at you Ulnus glabra.) I feel my car makes a statement about how we need to worry about what's on the inside and less about appearances.

And did I mention the spider who has chosen my mirror as a home? I love that. I don't drive much so mostly it eats bugs around my house, but occasionally I take it out to eat.

Anyway, today I came out to find another spider had taken up residence. This one was an orbweaver, Arcaneus diadematus, otherwise known as the common garden spider. These guys are amazing. They build the really beautiful webs and eat annoying bugs all day. They are better than raid. I've run comparison tests. They don't bite and anyway, you always know where they are because they hang out in the very center of their enormous webs.

To make this web, the spider had to drop three anchor lines from the phone cable about 30 feet up. The rest of the anchor lines were on my car. Before I left my house, I carefully detached the web and moved it to a nearby camelia bush.


Magaly Guerrero said...

That is a very pretty web! I like spiders. I don't have any living in my car because it would probably give my dad a heart attack when he borrows it--he's terrified of the little beauties ;)

Please take some closer pics, even better if the web is wet; they just look so pretty.

Yvonne Rathbone said...

The closer pics all came out blurry. My camera did not register the spider as a focal point so all I got was pictures of the houses across the street with something fuzzy in the way!