WOW-Spiders!

Posted on 08. Sep, 2012 by in World of Wonder, WOW! Blog

Late summer and fall are great times for looking for spiders. The spider in the picture with this blog is a Black-and-Yellow Argiope or Writing Spider. I caught this picture in my front yard- they are very common. They are one of the many different orb-weavers and their webs can be quite big. Now, spiders indoors can make for a mess that we have to keep cleaning up. Spiders outdoors are usually eating insects- maybe some that you would prefer not to encounter. So, that’s a good thing to remember when you complain about spiders and their webs. They serve a purpose. Some people truly are afraid of spiders. I would like to suggest that getting to know about spiders, learning to identify the ones you truly need to be wary of, can be a way to calm your anxiety. Here’s a link to a useful site about spiders in North Carolina. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/spiders.htm

On Saturday we hosted one of our Spider Outings. Kids discovered all kinds of spiders and critters. ¬†Parents did too! ¬†We all loved it — and Dave Grant was a master at answering both children’s and parents’ questions, guiding us all into the spider world of wonder.
Some pictures from the outing are here.

Spider Outing with Dr. Grant

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