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.
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.
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.