Nov 29, 2008

Down Came the Rain

See what happens when you leave your sink alone for too long? Spiders clamber inside and start reenacting classic nursery rhymes.

Why is it that anything man-made that gets abandoned gets overrun by spiders? Webs show up, and spiders soon lurk in every nook and cranny. I can't think of any other creepy crawly who makes his presence known as quickly and readily as our web weaving neighbors. I guess the webs are a good thing, if for no other reason than for alerting us to their presence. It's the ones that don't weave webs that you can't trust (jumping spiders excluded).

Thanks for the photos, Denise.


10 comments:

morgan said...

*while rubbing multiple appendages avariciously*
"Now, eh--as soon as, em, a-Miss Moppet arrives (hoo hoo!) I will be able to (hee hee!) frighten the dreadful child a-way! (a-ha haaa!)"

Vanessa said...

You need one of those cool spider ladders to help them get out.
I think he is gorgeous.

Bone Artist said...

I'd bet you $10 that if you turned on the faucet, the spider wouldn't manage to crawl back out of the drain. I'd also give you a mild scolding for wasting a useful creature's life for $10.

On another note, I see that this critter's chosen a nice spot for his web; there's already a pupa of...something...caught in it.

Danielle said...

Even when things ARE in use, those icky spiders show up.

2 case in points:
1. When you go to your car in the morning and walk through some webbing attached to the door and something nearby. Starts your morning off kinda crappy.
2. We have 2 hedges (taller than me) by the entrance to our house. Almost every night in the summer, spiders would web from one to the other...big brown ones...I know this because I walked though it once, when a spider was still attached. Since then, I always swing my purse like a windmill before I go in.
Perhaps this is why my neighbors don't talk to me.

Will said...

Spiders are predators; hence, they show up where their prey is. It's the insects that overrun everything (abandoned or otherwise) and the spiders are just there trying to collect a meal.

Just because insects don't make webs you can't act like they're not there. :-)

Mr. said...

I find they're usually trapped in the sink, rather than colonizing it. Someone suggested a spider ladder - good idea! Of course, sinks and plastic tubs are among my chief means of catching the prolific Brown Recluse in my home and workplace...

Raging Wombat said...

That's just it, Will. I can ignore most bugs, because I don't know they're there. Out of sight, out of mind.

Vanessa said...

How to make your own spider ladder...
http://www.foundationtv.co.uk/brilliantcreatures/ser4/spiderladder.html

Anonymous said...

what kind of spider is that???

Raging Wombat said...

I think it's a grass spider.