2007/06/28

Twiggy

We get lots of spider webs around the house this time of year. We usually let them be, unless they are in the way, as they are mostly occupied by harmless spider species that keep other insect populations in check. Besides, if you set out to kill spiders, the ones you miss may be ones you really don't want, and because you've killed off their competition, they will have even more to eat and there will be more of them. Best not to mess with nature's balance when you don't have to. (Of course, if any come in the house, they are fair game.)

The other morning I walked out the front door to see a twig caught in a web that stretched between our porch roof support post and a nearby bush.
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Coming back into the house a few minutes later, I noticed the twig had moved. It wasn't a twig at all, but a spider.

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"Twiggy", the spider.

This is first time I've seen this kind of spider. Clever adaptation, don't you think?

We did remove the web, but let Twiggy go to find somewhere else to call home.

3 comments:

QUASAR9 said...

if you set out to kill spiders, the ones you miss may be ones you really don't want, and because you've killed off their competition, they will have even more to eat and there will be more of them. Best not to mess with nature's balance when you don't have to. (Of course, if any come in the house, they are fair game.)

lol oddly enough, i don't mind spiders. Mind you I've not benn comfronted by any threatening ones, not had any walk all over me in my sleep.

I do find it odd though, that whever we interferewith nature, like killing off mosquitoes, it turns out weare interfeing with the diet of birds ...

It would be nice if nature kept a more human friendly balance of its own accord - I could never help wonder whether locusts eating crops and causing famine are accidental or incidental.

I would say though that any rogue elephants going into human farms and destroying crops, reflects Man's greed, not the elephant's greed. But the poor elephant no matter how big his tusks has no dart gun to use on human's intuding on HIS land.

We Humans are quite insensitive

Pandabonium said...

Hi Quasar9 - I'm imagining elephants shooting darts from their tusks to tranquilize humans. lol.

Living in balance with nature benefits us. Sometimes the things we do thinking we are making ourselves safe (open spraying of DDT on mosquitoes for instance) turn around and harm us. Mostly just ignorance I think.

By the way, mosquitoes were unwittingly introduced to Hawaii in 1827, when the American whaling ship Wellington arrived at Maui from Mexico and emptied her infested water barrels into a river to refill them with fresh water. Oops!

In that case, mosquitoes then bit chickens which carried an avian virus, then infected a native bird, the honey creeper, which had no immunity and died off quickly. Now, honey creepers are only found in the mountains above 4,000 feet elevation where mosquitoes don't go.

agus said...

I've seen grasshoppers and mantises disguised as twigs but a spider? Now that's impressive.