Love them or loathe them, at this time of year you literally can’t avoid them. My garden is festooned with orb web spider webs of varying sizes. I even have one on my car that runs from the door to the wing mirror. The owner shelters in the rim of the mirror when I go anywhere.
Unlike my feelings towards slugs, spiders fascinate me. Consulting Stuart Bennets very informative website again, I learned that Britain has 600 species of spiders, all harmless to man. I start with this fact to reassure the arachnophobes out there. They have complex life cycles and deeply complex courtship rituals, not to mention staggeringly beautiful webs. I expect more webs will appear on these pages as the autumn progresses.
One very interesting fact I learned this morning was about silk. I knew spider silk was stronger than the equivalent diameter steel wire. I didn’t know that “spider silk is only about 1/200th of a millimetre in diameter and is so light that if a spider could spin a strand around the world it would weigh less than 6 oz.” (Casual Intruders, as above)
How about that?