Tuesday, April 09, 2024

This Spider Took the "World Wide Web" as a Challenge

The Darwin's bark spider (Caerostris darwini) builds the largest webs of any spider on earth. There are several species, most of them found in Madagascar. This spider can shoot a web up to 25 meters (82 feet) across a river! It pays off, though, because rivers are where the insects are. This particular spider has some competition in the form of another spider that wants to use her bridge to start a web. And can you blame her for wanting to save some energy? Anyone who has been pregnant or has breastfed can imagine the resources it takes to produce that much spider silk, much less the premium silk this spider produces. Luckily, it is recyclable. This segment, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, is from the BBC nature documentary series The Hunt. (via Born in Space)


xoxoxoBruce said...

All that work and one bird, bat large insect can destroy it in a heartbeat.
Madagascar has some strange creatures.

WilliamRocket said...

I find it hard to explain the issues i have, but they are put into stark relief when I tell you it makes me happy to see the word metre with the correct spelling.

Obviously by correct spelling I mean the way I spell it, but also the way the French spell it, and as it is a French word, that would be the correct and true spelling, do you not think so ?

I laugh, nearly rolling on the floor, when I hear people saying erb for herb, because the French pronounce it so, but then those same people say the word hospital, another French word, which is pronounced ospital in France.

The country where i now live, where I have become a citizen, had French agents come and blow up a ship that was used by Greenpeace to protest French atom bomb testing in the Pacific Ocean.

The ship was at berth at Auckland harbour, one person, a photographer, was killed by the explosion.

The Pacific Ocean is about as far as you can get from France, so you can see why they wanted to test their nasty bombs there, but that ocean is very close to the people that live on the islands in that ocean, and no one, not a sole in France, gave a hoot about them.

Me ? I was living in Auckland at the time, about 12 kilometres from where the ship was blown up, maybe a 15 minute drive to where it sank.

And I still live in New Zealand. which is 4800 kilometres from where the french exploded their atomic bombs.

Is that far enough ?

Mururoa Atoll, the site of all that bomb bang bazinga nuclear testing and now probably the home of many 5 eyed fish and levitating jellyfish (movie to be released SOON !) is 6400 kilometres from Los Angeles, California .... (both Mexican names)

Miss Cellania said...

California is not a Mexican name.