Thursday, September 13, 2007
Ok, confession time. I'm an arachnophobia. Yes, I am. Past any point of reason that you'd think someone with a college degree and a substantial background in biological sciences would have to sustain.
Now moving on to this delicious news item.
These pictures I've stolen from other sources are of a new phenomenon in Texas--this year, apparently the bug population at a state park was so big and juicy that all the spiders--12 species of them--got together to create one giant web the size of two football fields.
I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP.
This guy at Wired pretty much spells out my thoughts (they are spelled GAAAAHHHHH! AHHHYAHHHHH!). For a more "official" report, try here.
Can we please just all step back and think about what this means for evolution? Unprecedented interspecies cooperation? Economic prosperity among the spiders? It's only a matter of time before they are all the size of houses!!!!
Thanks to La Gringa at The Swivet, through whose blog I was brought to terms with this harsh new reality.