Bowl and Doily Spiders

One early morning in late August, I found a bed of Black-eyed Susans dotted with dozens of dewy spider webs. I like sparkly things, so I looked more closely and found the webs to be identical in construction and mind boggling in their intricate detail. Their tiny residents–Bowl and Doily Spiders–spurt toward prey that lands on the web as if they were jet propelled. The name of the web is so apt. My grandmother could never have crocheted a doily that delicate. And the bowl is a million dollar chandelier–a deadly one.

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