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Along came a spider

November
9

I’m always amazed how simple some creatures’ names are. Take, for instance, a spider that is black and yellow and hangs out in your garden. Ta-da! It’s a black and yellow garden spider. This one spent weeks in the herb garden at home, weathering several rainstorms and adding a creepiness factor to cutting sage or rosemary.

Posted by Mike Risinit on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 10:57 am |
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Flying spiders

July
1

Last evening’s excellent weather compelled me to take a walk on the Walkway Over the Hudson. If you haven’t heard about it, the Walkway is a state park that consists of a refurbished railroad bridge in Poughkeepsie stretching 1.28 miles across and 212 feet above the Hudson River. You can walk, in-line skate and bike over it, taking in the views up and down the river. My colleague Ken Valenti wrote a story about it.

Anyway, I happened to look over the side at one point and started noticing several spider webs strung between parts of the old railroad bridge upon which the Walkway is built. That made me wonder how the spiders got all the way out there.

Turns out, maybe they flew. It seems spiders can toss out a strand of silk, grab the breeze and set sail. They don’t really have control over which way or how far they go, so I’m thinking these guys were just flying along until they ran into the Walkway.

Posted by Mike Risinit on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
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Arachna-what?

September
1

For all you family-designated spider-killers out there (and you know who you are), check out this story from yesterday’s New York Times. If you’re not a registered subscriber to NYT (sorry), the story is about a “vast web crawling with millions of spiders.”

Here are some more spidey-facts.

Posted by Mike Risinit on Saturday, September 1st, 2007 at 9:41 am |
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SBenischekJournal News staff writer Greg Clary writes Earth Watch, reporting on environmental issues in the lower Hudson region. Clary has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Journal News since 1988 and has covered police and courts, transportation, municipal government, development and the environment in the Lower Hudson Valley, among other topics.
Laura IncalcaterraLaura Incalcaterra covers the environment, open space and zoning and planning issues for The Journal News. A Boston College graduate, Laura grew up in Rockland, attended East Ramapo schools and has worked for The Journal News since 1993. Laura has written features and covered North Rockland, crime, government and a host of other issues.
SBenischekMike Risinit covers Patterson and Kent in Putnam County, as well as environmental topics touching on the Hudson River and the Great Swamp. Risinit has been a reporter at The Journal News since 1998.
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