Hmmm… (and please don’t freak out)

A pepper with a hole in it

So, last week I discovered this misshapen little pepper in the garden.  An enterprising spider had built its web in the hole created by some other less-beneficial insect.  (I know, I know, a spider isn’t an insect.)  Now how to get the little critter out?  I admit that putting my mouth over the hole and blowing was not the brightest idea I had all week.  Nonetheless, the spider remained ensconced in her little lair.  Running it full of water didn’t really seem like fair play.  She eventually made her way out on her own sometime before I cut open the pepper, but I’m not sure what convinced her to leave.

If spiders give you the willlies, I’m really sorry because they are super-cool little creatures.  As a kid wandering through the woods, I’d marvel over this little beaut with a spiky rear that glistened in the sunlight.  And when bringing in flowers from outside, it’s hard not to disturb one of these little crab spiders.

Garden spiders are bright and showy,

A black and yellow garden spider on its web

while wolf spiders prefer to blend in with their surroundings even though you might think they look big and scary enough to face down anyone.

A wolf spider the size of someone's palm

Spider silk is amazing and something we can still learn a lot from, and we still can’t make anything to equal itThese stories might seem like the stuff of a sci-fi movie, but the fact that such fragile little creatures can accomplish something like this is seriously amazing.

And, how would you like your work to be destroyed every day by wind, the very creatures its designed to catch, or a careless passerby?

A spider on its broken web

A spider repairing its web on a stormy night is quite an example of perseverance and hope against steep odds.  It reminds me of this post about how what we work at often disappears before our very eyes (no spiders at that link, I promise).

Anyway, I hope you take a few moments to take a careful look at the next spider that crosses your path.  It might just turn out to be an amazing creature that is steadfastly doing its part to cut down on the local fly population.

You can learn more about these fascinating little guys here and here.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Billie Campbell says:

    YES! Another spider lover! God created some beautiful work when he created spiders. I have always enjoyed them.

    1. dwellrichly says:

      They really are amazing and beautiful if you take the time to look at them and aren’t too startled by them!

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