Spiders and Their Story

I wrote a new e-book called, "Mandy Learns to Love Bugs" and in it she talks to a spider. I figure we need to know more about these fascinating critters.

10/30/20231 min read

I just posted a new e-book called, "Mandy Learns to Love Bugs" which showcases a little spider. We all live in a world where spiders proliferate. But did you know that they figure there is a spider no more than 10 feet away at any time? I found that fascinating.

These little specimens can be scary, particularly the ones we know to be poisonous. But generally, our gardens are full of varieties that just want to find insects to eat. Providing you work with gloves in your garden, this is not a problem. So no need for kids to be scared and they can help you.

The thing is, if you happen to be a gardener, they help you considerably. First, they eat the harmful bugs , even more than birds and bats combined and actually pollinate plants since they are on the move in their pursuit of food. They are part of the recycling process where all living things go back into the earth.

By the same token, birds and fish now have something to eat that is very common, the spider. So you would have to agree that they have a purpose and fit into nature's plan very efficiently. But they cannot be referred to as insects since they are their own class.

They can run up walls because of small hairs on their feet. But house spiders differ from garden spiders in that the latter has little claws used to grab onto silk in a web. This keeps them from blowing away in the wind. Even hummingbirds like the webs they create to use in their own nests to hold it all together.

Centuries back, the webs of spiders were used on wounds to seal them. Now we know that worked because of vitamin K found in the silk which does stop bleeding. So there are a few facts to fascinate about spiders as we approach Halloween.