Spiders: The Ultimate Optimists?
The eight-legged wonder of the world, the spider, seems surely to me to be the ultimate optimist. Unlike many other predators who go out in search of prey, the spider survives and thrives by spinning those intricate and delicate-looking webs.
Ah, but the webs are not as delicate as they appear at first glance. They are able to withstand wind and rain, unless very extreme. Prey who become entangled in those threads may be many times the size of the spider who spun the web, but they are held there just as surely as if held with steel bonds.
I've spent any number of hours outdoors, watching spiders spin their webs, enthralled in the detailed work such small creatures perform. Even tiny spiders are able to create sizable webs, although it would seem to me that such work would deplete their energy reserves.
I am not of a mind to kill these insect-eating wonders of nature. Do you think of spiders as friend or foe?
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