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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The spider is another animal linked to #Halloween


“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
 'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
  The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
   And I've a many curious things to shew when you are there.”

“Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “to ask me is in vain,
 For who goes up your winding stair
  -can ne'er come down again.
~by Mary Howitt,
My neighbor has a giant fake spider hanging by the front door and cotton webbing in the bushes to scare all the trick-or-treaters but it does the real spiders no justice. Spider webs have existed for at least 100 million years.

Spiders produce silk from their spinneret glands located at the tip of their abdomen. Each gland produces a thread for a special purpose – for example a trailed safety line, sticky silk for trapping prey or fine silk for wrapping it.

Webs allow a spider to catch prey without having to go out and forage. However, constructing the web itself costs them a lot of energy because of the large amount of protein required, in the form of silk. It is common for spiders to eat their own web daily to recoup some of the energy used in spinning.

Spiders have always been associated with witches and Halloween. Many superstitions and myths have been handed down for generations and linger on to this day.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

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