Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Diaphanous Domicile Demolished

A lovely home, one built with care,
But come the morn, it won't be there...





At the end of a workday, I found this huge spiderweb built in the parking lot, in the middle of the main traffic lane. The web itself was gorgeous, but I knew that, as soon as the 9-5 staff started arriving, this diaphanous domicile would be destroyed- a clear case of "well built, poorly sited".

I have actually relocated less elaborate webs than this by moving a couple of the anchoring strands to less-trafficked locations, but this baby was too big for that to be feasible. I hope the lovely tenant was able to relocate. Yeah, I don't mind the eight legged horrors- I spend a lot of time outdoors, and I prefer the speeders to the skeeters

16 comments:

Smut Clyde said...

the middle of the main traffic lane

"If we can catch that cyclist, we'll live like kings!"

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I suggest a "Helping Jennifer" tag.
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Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

"If we can catch that cyclist, we'll live like kings!"

Smut, you stealing from Gary Larson?

I suggest a "Helping Jennifer" tag.

I've never tagged a single post. I did warn her in a comment at her blog, though.

Hunger Tallest Palin said...

If that's the kind of spider I think it is (body is a bit smaller than a dime) it's a sure sign of fall.

The only spiders I'm not crazy about are those jaggedy butted ones that are active in late spring and summer months.

The web is so strong you can hear it tearing when - for all your careful checking for jaggedy butted spiders' webs - you blunder into one. I think they're the inspiration for Ungoliant & Shelob.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I work outside at night a lot, and there are few things as off-putting as walking face first into a spiderweb- I've done that quite a bit this summer.

Yeah, the spider's body is about the size of a dime. Big sucker, very prettily colored.

Jennifer said...

You could have at least hidden it behind a link...

I shan't be back.

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

I'm sure teh web was pretty and all, but I disagree with the phrase built with care. Don't spiders just pull web outta their asses?

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

I stand corrected.

Dusty,Hells most vocal Bitch said...

I have actually relocated less elaborate webs than this by moving a couple of the anchoring strands to less-trafficked locations, but this baby was too big for that to be feasible You realize of course that this totally distroys your Big, Bad, Bastard persona right? ;-)

Von said...

Diaphanous Domicile - I'm going to use that as my next band name.
I'll give you free tickets.

Aunt Snow said...

I just went out on my deck, which is a full story above the ground, and saw that a single strand of web was attached to a branch of one of the potted plants up there. The other end of the web was in the middle of the oak tree some 12 feet away.

I can't wait to go out tomorrow morning and see if there's an orb built, suspended 10 feet off the ground and inbetween the deck and the oak.

These little guys are damned good engineers.

Substance McGravitas said...

Trading in spider mortgages is a losing game.

Hunger Tallest Palin said...

OK, I don't know what that spider is called but at least one sets up housekeeping on our porch every fall. Watching the male (who is about 1/10th the size of the female) attempt to woo his lady love without getting eaten (BEFORE he mates) is ... Well. It's interesting because it says a lot about guy decision-making and priority-setting.

Another Kiwi said...

Lol HTP.
He's saying "Oooh man I've got do her, ooh man. Fuck she's going to eat me, but I have to do her, arggh. Performance anxiety, you want performance anxiety. Argggh!"

As a technician for a spider identification class for undergraduates, I had to go and collect some biggish speedras from their log home. How to tell the females is: They have little notches in their front legs which they use to immobilise the males fangs during the Hubba Hubba. If that ain't love...

Smut Clyde said...

The Frau Doktorin has never tried to immobilise my fangs during the Hubba Hubba. If she gives offers me chewing gum that is just an expression of love among my people.

77south said...

The bubble gum, would it be Hubba Bubba?