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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Dragonflies On the Hunt

Dragonflies–with a 95% kill rate–are the most lethal predators on the planet. Grotesque too, if you get a close look at their faces. But they’re so gorgeous and acrobatic that people love ’em. (And besides, they don’t sting or bite–not humans anyway.)

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Sex and Death on a Hydrangea Bloom

Want a wildlife conservation area in your yard? Easy to have if you don’t mind miniature.

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