These Tangled Webs

by Jarvo J September. 26, 2011 6345 views



If you look at images of spiders' webs in popular culture, they all seem to conform to a norm (I suspect that most of us carry this idealised-stylised version of a spider web in our head). Spider webs are neat. They are almost symmetrical (in more than one plane). They are are beautiful; if only it wasn't for the spiders, eh?

Well life's not like that. At least, not all the time. Spiders are constrained in their building by where the wind will blow them, by the plants that are growing around them or by other objects on which they anchor their lines. Once built they have to contest with wind and rain and the movement of the objects they are fixed to. They may also succumb to the attacks of insects, the inquisitiveness of pets and, I'm sorry to say, the clumsiness of photographers. In short, the perfect webs of the horror movie are not as common as you might think.


For those that saw my experiment in feeding our eight legged friends , you may be pleased/disgusted/bored to know that I have continued with my feeding experiment and I think I've found out something interesting. Spiders (at least the ones in my garden) don't like white meat. If you remember from before, they didn't take to chicken in ginger and garlic. I thought it would be the herby-spiciness that they found disagreeable, but no. In several trials they rejected plain chicken too - raw and cooked. Not only do they not eat it, but they rarely move towards it either. Now I don't know if they are blind to it's light colour, unappetised by it or weather they are all little racists at heart, but they certainly seem to choose their food on the basis of colour. The nice lean ham I gave them (also quite pale) - rejected . Meats of darker colours - devoured readily.

I'd love it if there's someone out there that would like to have a go at replicating this test. All you need is access to a deli and a big bag of spiders. Not only would we learn whether my findings are true. But it would be comforting to know that I'm not the only nutter out there.

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Gerd Korts 9 years, 6 months ago

Great Jon, that is really close may I ask you which lens are you using for the macros

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Neil Rosenberger 9 years, 6 months ago

Great Post !! Had a pet Spider for a couple of years, loved a nice warm Moth !! Try also a Grasshopper !!

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Helen Hooker 9 years, 6 months ago

Fascinating post. I thought of you the other day when I disturbed a spider just like this one on my tomato plants!

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Paul 9 years, 6 months ago

Are you spiderman?

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Marsha 9 years, 6 months ago

Exceptional images!!!

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Jet28 9 years, 6 months ago

Love the detail!

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Ann Garratty 9 years, 6 months ago

I think I will resist the urge to enlarge them, they are freaky enough as they are thanks....

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Davorka ČEoviä‡ 9 years, 6 months ago

amazing shots, rally excellent photographed and captured.
I particularly like the detail captured!

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Jennifer Litwinowicz 9 years, 6 months ago

WOW!! amazing shots!! how do you come across such creatures all the time?!

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