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The Ultimate Scary Spider Story – And It’s All True!

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west-compton-cobwebs

This is an amazing photograph.  I’m not claiming any great skill, it was just a smartphone point-and-click but the story behind it is extraordinary.

It looks like a cold winter’s day with frost glistening across the fields, doesn’t it?  In fact, it was muggy and warm and what looks like frost is actually reflections from a heavy dew lying on spider webs at the head of every dead thistle and nettle.  Look closely and you can see there are spider webs all over the grass as well.  That’s all across this 15 acre field – and the next one and the one to the west, the east, north and south.  If I turn around I can see right across the Dorset plain up towards Yeovil and there are spider webs covering every square inch of every field and every hedgerow.

If we could work out the rate at which spiders weave their webs, so many inches per hour, we could probably calculate how many spiders there are per acre and how many spiders per square mile.

How many spiders are there in the world?  The only remaining question is would that number be more or less than a gazillion?

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Written by Peter Reynolds

January 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm

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  1. Your post reminded me of this! https://youtu.be/TqehRP1sZx8

    Rusty

    January 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

  2. It started with ‘Sci Fi, then we had Hi Fi and now, in this 21st century age, we have ‘Spi Fi’. You’ll note that all our arachnid friends are ‘on the net/Web’ ~ WiFi presumably ~ so I’ll simply say “BiBi, for now”.

    Graham Smith

    January 8, 2017 at 3:14 pm


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