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Cobwebs

I wonder if you can see this? It was stunning to see but hard to photograph.  This is looking from my verandah down at the gum trees in the early morning light, and they are covered in cobwebs!  Hundreds of them.  There’s a major convention of spiders happening at our place.

And we have no mozzies.   No sign of the mozzie plague that is supposedly happening all over Australia after the wet summer.

I love this little illustration of the food cycle at work – a plague of anything is a feast for something, and the key to pest control is removing any impediment to the feasters partying.

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  • Gillian May 25, 2011, 9:51 am

    Linda,
    I have also noticed a huge increase in dragonflies, and they also supposedly feed on Mozzies. Isn’t it wonderful to witness how nature sorts everything out to be in balance without our “help”.

  • Anonymous May 25, 2011, 2:44 pm

    Sometimes, when I look over the creek towards the paddocks beyond, in the afternoon, when the sun is shining but low on the horizon…the spiderwebs shimmer and glisten…they are so thick it is like a curtain. I have tried photographing it with little luck. It is beautiful magical I have to stand and stare.

  • Jason Dingley May 25, 2011, 2:52 pm

    This is great photo and example. If you hadn’t have said what to look for I wouldn’t have seen them. But as you did I can see them everywhere. Wow!

  • Linda May 25, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Me too. I know many people are afraid of them, but I actually really appreciate spiders, for beauty as well as function!

  • kim May 25, 2011, 5:06 pm

    Spiders in the morning, I can just imagine the sun glistening on them. Another interesting thing to do at night is go out with a spotlight and spotlight spiders. We did it as a birthday party activity along our creek one night and the children were amazed at all the spiders that were there and how their webs glistened under the light of their torches. magic!

  • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial May 26, 2011, 7:20 am

    Surprisingly, we haven’t had any mozzies either. I think the fish in the pond might be keeping them at bay!

  • dixiebelle May 26, 2011, 9:50 am

    Wow, amazing! This season, the apricots that had a spider web near them had no fruit fly in them!

  • cityhippyfarmgirl May 27, 2011, 8:13 pm

    For months and months I had a huge spider sitting in her equally large web sitting between a tree and next doors guttering. Each day I check on it as I was in the kitchen, admiring the size of it all and the intricate web. Then just yesterday I realise it was all gone. She was hanging dead from the wall on a tiny piece of the web still stuck on. We had had huge winds the night before and it had obviously just been too much. I was actually quite sad about it.

  • Linda Woodrow May 27, 2011, 8:18 pm

    I have often wondered how long spiders live. Maybe she had a good long spider life and died of old age!

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