Today's Wonder of the World is...the Writing Spider!
Don't freak out!
It's only on your computer screen, not crawling under your shirt to write a message on the nape of your neck!
I've been swatting at imaginary spiders ever since I read Nancy's freaky spider story. Scary!
To make myself feel better, I went outside to pick some of the last of our muscadines. See who I found making herself at home on our vines?
Not really, but I can pretend, can't I?
How I love this book.
Actually EB White's Charlotte wasn't a writing spider at all. She was a Barn Spider.
Yes, I hear you. "Duh, Becky. She lived in a barn."
But people, Barn Spiders don't write!
Oh yeah--I guess that's where the fiction comes in.
When we first found Charlotte Ramsey on our muscadine vines, we asked crotchety old Mr. Wikipedia what he knew about her. Here's what he said:
"In North America, Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the "black and yellow garden spider", or "writing spider," after the mistaken idea web stabilimenta were correspondence."
Oh Mr. Wikipedia, how you crack me up. It was named the writing spider "after the mistaken idea web stabilimenta were correspondence." Correspondence! Ha ha! The spider is writing us a business letter! Isn't that the funniest thing you've ever heard? Or maybe I'm just tired and easily amused at the moment.
No matter how you feel about spiders (I should be honest and admit that I usually smush them,)
you must admit that writing spiders are a wonder!
Those zigzags Charlotte makes--the spirals of silk in the center of her web--actually make it 34% less likely for her to catch insects. (I'm not a walking encyclopedia--that's ole Mr. Wikipedia talking again.) But, the writing also makes her easily visible web much less likely to be destroyed by birds! Or, might I add, by humans! I'm sure not going to be the dummy who walks through it and destroys all her handiwork!
Speaking of handiwork, look at Vanessa Valencia's glittery creation!
Now, I'm not positive about this, as Vanessa's party plans are always a surprise, but I bet that fellow will show up Saturday at her Halloween Party.
Have you ever been to one of Vanessa's blog parties? Believe me when I say that they are out of this world! Please join in the fun and join us. I don't usually post on the weekend, but I'm making a special exception on Saturday to throw a humdinger of my own!
Won't you please stop by? I'll have munchies and crazy decorations and spooky games and treats to give away!
You can even dress up as a spider if you like!
It will be teriffic, radiant, and even humble!
(A gold star for you if you know where that comes from!)
Have a wonder-full Wednesday, everyone!