Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Disperal Day

As we walked through the back yard this evening, sunlight cut through the
Jerusalem sage and lit up a mesh of spider webs. A closer look turned up dozens of tiny spiderlings, all about to disperse and balloon away. I picked one up carefully for a closer look but couldn't figure out the species. While I peered at my little guy, the others scampered along several central "guide wires" (like one below), sometimes bumping into one another. Now and then, a breeze would catch one and carry it away. Not many will survive but enough to keep the species going until next spring.

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