Remember that bird watch trail I told you about? The peaceful trail right next to the sewage plant? Yeah, that one.
The past few weeks of walking this trail, I’ve kept my head up and looking at the sky above me.
Today, I started looking down with squinted eyes, to observe the apparatus of nature around me. The crawfish I found earlier was just some rambling philosophical BS. There’s no benefit to gain from watching a dead crustacean, rotting under the sun.
No, today I observed some LIVING beings.
(Video at the bottom of this blog)
At the end of the trail, I spotted a cluster of FOUR different spiders from FOUR different families occupying the same space on the side of the bridge. Here’s what was fascinating: they each spun their own webs, kept their distance from one another, respected their boundaries, and lived interdependently. Almost like a community that transcended spider families.
The only genus I was able to pinpoint (the other spiders were too small to identify through physical markings) was the Banana Spider (shown in the header image above). The Banana was the largest in this small eight-legged neighborhood. The undisputed Queen. Without question, it was the strongest and deadliest among the neighborhood’s inhabitants.
To humans, a bite from a Banana Spider can be painful but death is very rare. To other smaller spiders, though, a nibble can be immediately lethal.
In nature, the so-called “law of the jungle” stipulates that the strongest will dominate over those weaker than them. If there’s nobody stronger than the strongest, who’s to stop them?
I’ve joked that among spiders, a bigger web is the equivalent of a bigger schlong. It’s true! A bigger web means more prey!
In this particular community of spiders, the Banana may have occupied the central web that connected itself with the other spiders, but here’s the kicker: It didn’t do anything to force the other spiders out or vacate their territories.
No, the Banana Spider respected her boundaries and stayed inside the web she herself made. If she intended to trespass on someone else’s web, she would’ve done it already, no? The smaller webs were connected to hers. Why didn’t she stop the other spiders while they were staking their claims?
Even in the wild, there’s intuitive respect that transcends species, families, genera, etc.. It seems there’s an acknowledgement of boundaries and other species’ need to survive.
Maybe us humans can take a lesson from this.
Eh, that’ll be the day!