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SILKY PREDATOR

<<Scream!!!>>

Chances are someone spotted a spider! Surely one of the most hated creatures in the world (top 10), spiders are almost always misunderstood. There is no shortage of scary stories about these interesting creatures.

The largest part of the Arachnid family, spiders are ‘those’ eight-legged creatures that spin silky webs used to capture prey. The silk from which their webs are made is said to be the strongest material in the world. According to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Spider silk has a tensile strength that’s five times more than that of steel! Imagine that!

The photo of a garden orbweaver in its web, captured in summer
A Spider (A Garden Orbweaver perharps) in its web

ENVIRONMENTALISTS

– Spiders help the environment by eliminating volumes of insects that would otherwise be around in your garden and other locations.

– When a Spider is going to make a new web, they roll the old one up first into a ball. Many species will eat it. They extract juices from their body onto it so that it will be liquefied.

ADDITIONAL FUN FACTS

– Spiders do not have muscles in their limbs. They move around by hydraulic power. When a Spider is moving there are always 4 legs on the surface and 4 off of it.

– The blood of the spider is light blue in color

– The venom spiders produce is to enable them liquefy their food (prey), as they are only able to take food in liquid form.

Very few people die or become seriously ill from Spider bites. There is just usually so much media coverage when these occur that creates the frenzy that exists. Although spiders are widely feared, only a few species are dangerous to people. Spiders will only bite humans in self-defense, and few produce worse effects than a mosquito bite or bee-sting. Spiders would rather flee when they encounter humans and probably only bite when trapped (in self defense 😉 )

So you don’t really have to scream and run out of a room/look for salvation the next time you see a spider “hanging” around. It’s just minding its “business”.

The photo of a spider with its housefly prey in a web
A Spider with a housefly prey

REFERENCES:

http://naturalsciences.org/nature-research-center/how-do-we-know/spider-silk

http://www.spidersworlds.com/facts-about-spiders/

http://www.livescience.com/22122-types-of-spiders.html

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider

Photo: © Gideon Davis 2014. Remshalden, Germany

MACRO: Beauty and ‘Brains’

Macro of the Purple Coneflower
The Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Belonging to a group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, the Purple Coneflower is known for, among other things, it’s beauty (grown as ornamental plants in gardens) and medicinal properties (including the approved use of expressed juice and dried expressed juice from fresh flowering aerial parts of Echinacea purpurea for the short-term prevention and treatment of the common cold).

Blooming is usually from Spring through Late Summer and florets within the flower head are hermaphroditic, having both male and female organs on each flower