Seeing as how my apartment seems to be lacking a screen, it’s slowly becoming a home for all sorts of insects and arachnids. Earlier this evening, while making some dinner, I noticed a spider wandering along the door of the cabinet and not wanting it to drop into my pasta, blew a little burts of air on it to blow it away. However, instead of going away, it simply fell down a little and crawled back up its web to the cabinet again. This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed this and it made me wonder: Do spiders constantly trail a little bit of webbing behind them for these situations? That seems like an awful lot of webbing to be cranking out day to day. Even for as thin as the strand is, I can’t imagine the spinnerets (?) are that large either and it must take away from a decent part of the spider’s body mass to keep cranking the stuff out as it meanders about. Even if you knock one to the ground, if you wait for it to walk away a little and then drag your finger across its trail behind it, it usually gets dragged along implying that it is still making even more webbing. How much webbing is in one of these things at a time? Come to think of it, is there a more offical term for spider webbing than ‘spider webbing’?
“I guess it is possible for one person to make a difference, although most of the time they probably shouldn’t.”