Large Canadian Spider Webs
Name: Judy S.
Just this past week (12/1-12/4/2002), I caught a glimpse
of a newscast about spider webs covering a large area in Canada. Since my
students and I were recently honored by the presence of a magnificent
black and yellow orb weaver in our school garden, I wanted to learn more
about this apparent large web phenomenon, but I have not seen another
report on it. Can you help me find more information about it?
My students and I would like to believe that "our" spider went up there
to join in on the web-making fun. Well, I would like to believe it, since
I cannot even read the ending of Charlotte's Web.
I did not hear this "spider web news," but I think I can safely say that
spiders do not join together to build giant webs. I have seen many ordinary
webs placed quite close together over an area of several hundred square
feet, and perhaps such a situation could cover a larger area? Spiders do not
travel very far, and do not live very long. "Your" spider unfortunately has
probably passed away with the coming of winter, but its progeny may well be
around next year.
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