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Emily's Fascinating World [Jun. 6th, 2015|10:55 am]
kyle cassidy
[Current Location |the antipodes]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |Emigrate: Let Me Break]

I got home from #DrinkBeerSaveCats, the City Kitties fundraiser late last night and decided to check on Emily just before I went to bed.

The instant I turned my flashlight on Emily shot across her web with a jangled gait and pounced on a fly which had smacked into it at that very second. She moved fast and with great determination and mechanical precision. In a fraction of a second she was on the fly, had bitten it and was looping ribbon after ribbon of silk over it, twirling it around as she did, like someone solving a Rubik's Cube. It took me maybe 45 seconds to get my camera up and focused and by that time she was nearly done wrapping it.

One amazing thing is that she had something in her pedipalps already, the last bits of something she'd been "sucking on like a frappacino" to quote someone in the LJ comments. She stashed the new fly in a far corner of the web and went back to the spot that she's been sitting in.

Everything about her fascinates me -- why does she sit in that spot? Why did she abandon her previous web and move five inches to the left? How does she know what she's caught in her web isn't dangerous? Would she ever run away rather than toward? What's going to happen when her babies are born? Does she check on them? Will they find her?

I've noticed there are a number of very, very small insects stuck in her web that she seems to ignore, but they're probably baby spider size. Will she share her food with her babies?

I need to find a book about branch-tip spiders.

George's life, possibly due to his ineptitude at finding a high traffic area for his web, remains uneventful.

Clickenzee to Embiggen!

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[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2015-06-06 05:55 pm (UTC)
Your spider pics are fabulous. And I love the color commentary.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-06-16 11:50 pm (UTC)
i went by for years not really noticing the spiders very much. But if you look a couple days in a row, like the Little Prince's fox, something can become Unique in All the World -- and then you can't stop looking.
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[User Picture]From: ratphooey
2015-06-06 08:34 pm (UTC)
I love reading your posts about her. Do a children's book!
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[User Picture]From: retention
2015-06-11 05:52 am (UTC)
I can't hang with the actual photos*, but I am thoroughly enjoying your writings of how extraordinarily fascinated that you are with Spider Life. It's actually the first time I've thought about a spider in anything other than !!!!! fashion.

*seriously, it ...I cannot, even though your photos of Miss E & Co. are the ONLY photos I'd ever say were "Well Done Spider Photos" but they still make my skin crawl and my stomach turn - except for the rainbow leg picture - but! BUT. I just have a phobia and so there's that. Thank you for putting them behind a cut because I actually want to read along. :)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-06-16 11:52 pm (UTC)
thank you! these are the nicest sorts of comments. some spiders i find pretty horrifying, others have started to look cute to me. it's weird.
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