I am loving the cooler mornings we are having. It is still getting hot quickly, but, you can tell that autumn is coming. I took Tippy out to get some exercise earlier today and spotted this garden spider’s web reflecting the morning sun.
It’s not the best picture in the world. I was positioning to get a better picture when Tippy came running. With one misplaced wag of her tail, half of the web was destroyed.
I have always had a mild fear of spiders, but also have been in awe of how they can spin such delicate, and yet very strong, webs. In an effort to help me get over my fear, I did my college senior project on this particular species of spider, the Argiope aurantia. I collected several, dissected them, and sketched the arrangement of their spinnerets. That was many years ago, but, to the best of my recollection, they have 7 spinnerets. They also have 3 claws on their legs, one more than most spiders, which helps them to manipulate the silk as they spin their webs. When I was young, I happened upon one that was in the process of making the zig-zag pattern. It started by doing spider push-ups, which made the web vibrate, and then proceeded to make the design as it continued to vibrate the web. This stuff if very interesting to me. I guess that is why I majored in Biology.
Tippy was happy to be out running around and not dying from the heat. She took a couple of her puppy runs around the hill, grabbed a mouth full of grass, and did a little digging, just to get out some of her pent up energy.
Here she is, sitting in front of the spider web, which you can’t really see. A.C. tells me to make the elephant sound or click to get her to look at me for pictures. None of that seems to work for me like it does for her. I guess I just don’t do it right. I have found my best bet is to sing. When I do, she looks at me, wondering what in the world I am saying and why it sounds so funny.