“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
Friday, October 06, 2006
I got such an awesome assignment earlier this week - to do a piece on the abundance of golden silk spiders in our area.
They are impressive creatures; the females grow to about 4 inches in length and build elaborate webs that span three to six feet across.
So was it really wrong for me to bring back a souvenier from the garden where I photographed the spider? I coudn't resist. I brought Octavia home in an empty plastic sack and let her loose that night in the orchid greenhouse off our master bedroom. By yesterday she'd tucked herself away in a corner in a temporary web. This morning I found her in a permanent one stretched between the wires that hold up the shelves in our greenhouse.
If you look very carefully at the top picture, you can see her, and note her size in relation to the pot. Isnt' she lovely? Of course, I figured you might want a close-up, so here's one at the right. (Enlarge the photos for a better look.)
I think we need more of these awesome arachnids. Golden silk spiders tend to cluster in groups. I figure our small greenhouse can handle two or three more. And the big greenhouse out front could handle about ten. So this weekend we're going spider hunting. Hopefully we can find a few males so they'll breed and produce little ones.
How cool would that be. If you're afraid of spiders, it's probably not cool at all. But to me, it is.