Day 28: A new series for 30 Days Wild 2021, Mindful Mondays, were we take time out of our busy days and slow down, breathe and experience nature each sense at a time.
Today’s theme for Mindful Monday is: stop, observe and wonder at the intricacy of a spider’s web.
The web in question doesn’t look that intricate but the web owner is quite spectacular.
I think it is a giant house spider enjoying the warm weather and abundant insects in my yarden. House spiders spin sheet like webs and is one of our fastest invertebrates. Their body length can be up to 1.8cm, with a leg span of 7.5 cm. They can be seen all year round, but mostly in autumn when the males come into houses looking for females. After mating the females eat the males. Females can live for several years and both males and females can go without food and water for several months. They feast on small invertebrates such as flies, mosquitoes and bees, and are very good pest controllers in the house.
Do you like spiders or like me learning to get over an irrational phobia?
Thanks for reading, and stay wild!
N.B. Thanks to the Wildlife Trusts’ website for the above information.