Giant web woven by a variety of spider families

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14 Responses to “Giant web woven by a variety of spider families”

  1. Teresa Nielsen Hayden/Moderator says:

    Way cool. Completely creeped out. But way cool.

  2. Alastair McDermott says:

    Now we need a photographer to go up there at night and get some cool shots!

  3. stevelew says:

    It’s not as bad as it looks- of the seven families named in the linked Seattle Times article, only three build webs, 3 are cursorial hunters, and one (the pirate spiders) are obligate spider predators who hunt web-building spiders on their own webs.

    In late summer/early fall one could easily collect 12 families of spiders from a clump of trees like that, ginormo spider condo or no.

    I haven’t heard anything about ecologists observing the spiders’ behavior yet. When someone observes an orb-weaver and a funnel-weaver and a sac spider sharing prey- that’s when humanity is doomed.

  4. aixwiz says:

    …others working on the Web.

    Would that be the World Wide Web?

    Seriously, that is one web I wouldn’t want to be caught in!

  5. Anonymous says:

    That is making me think of the scariest part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and how much I hate spiders. I actually gasped at the picture and backed away from my computer. Ick.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Are they telling us that we should put our differences behind us and unite?

    or

    “So long and thanks for all the flies…”

  7. Nora Rocket says:

    What we fear most has come to pass: The Spiders are working together. How long before they develop new technologies? How long can we be expected to hold out against United Spiders with Laser Eyes?!?!

  8. slawkenbergius says:

    Creepy. Reminds me of that bit in The Hobbit

    Should link to a bigger photo:
    http://texasento.net/Social_Spider.htm#Photo

  9. Jennifer Emick says:

    Cool…an arachnid art collective. :-)

  10. EKSwitaj says:

    Looks like they’re getting ready to take over the world. I hear that, in preparation for this day, they’ve been keeping track of who kills them and who doesn’t.

  11. bloggo says:

    Spiders of the world, UNITE!!

  12. Stacyj says:

    Man, I would -love- to see that (and wow, I had no idea that there were such things as pirate spidarrrrrs! The universe gets more delightful by the day!)

  13. Heikki says:

    Even more horrific webs, this time by caterpillars, were here in Sweden (scroll down for the most “awesome” pictures
    http://oldnewsbaby.com/site/click/5d30e551d5291250193a5c229d42a333

  14. klg19 says:

    Working together? Great! I, for one, greet our new Arachnid Overlords.

    Sigh.

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