I don’t particularly like spiders, but as a web designer, I’ve grown accustomed to them over the years, and I find them and their habits fascinating.
Take, for instance, the late summer/early fall, when suddenly it seems there’s a plethora (gee, I like that word!) of spider webs.
I imagine we can thank our relatively cool summer for scenes like this:
Almost looks like millions of diamonds sparkling in the morning sunshine.
Apparently, spiders, too, are cognizant of the cool weather and, fearing that autumn might be “early” this year, they’re rushing to mate, feed, and die, paving the way for their babies to hatch next spring and renew the species.
In the meantime, it can be more than a tad annoying to accidentally run face first into a spider’s web, or to have a spider build one in your car (yes, that happened to me once, and I didn’t think I’d ever get it clean!).
Gardeners know that most spiders are beneficial, rather than deadly, eating insect pests without bothering humans. And even though it just seems like they’re plentiful right now, they really start showing up later in the fall, as the days get shorter.
Another myth is that it’s a win-win situation to not kill an indoor spider but instead set it back outside. You get to feel all righteous about not stomping on the icky-spider, and it gets to live. But you’d be better off turning a blind eye to its presence. Seriously. Indoor spiders, you see, aren’t adapted for outside conditions, so you’re actually hastening their death by turning them out!
Perhaps you’ve heard the myth that goes, You swallow x number of spiders every year, mostly at night. How silly! This one originated as part of an experiment a woman came up with to prove that people basically believe whatever they read online. She knew the myth wasn’t true and embellished it anyway; years later, it still shows up to frighten us in chain letter e-mails.
Spiders and their webs might be “yucky,” but it’s hard to deny their beauty:
So, do you like spiders or find them creepy??