Do you remember this landmark historical event from 2010??
Araneus diadematus was announced The European Spider of the YEAR for 2010!!!
The European Society of Arachnology made this honorific decision due to Araneus being “…one of the best known of all the spiders: the garden spider.”
I point this out because The Mrs posted a photo (a FANTASTIC photo) of a female Garden Spider resting in the center of her orb at the back of our house! This kindled fond memories of my Advanced Biology class my senior year in high school when one of my projects was the overwinter nurturing of an Araneus diadematus egg sac. One early spring morning I stopped into the biology lab and my corner of the lab was COVERED in a mob of tiny little spiderlings! I collected as many as I could and carried them outside to a courtyard. Many opted to stay inside, where they and their offspring happily lived for many generations… much to the dismay of the school janitorial staff and arachnophobes alike.
Since this IS on the internet, what is a photo posting without a little bit of spider porn, right?
Araneus diademus male genitalia….
And a quick physical update: My left eye is slowly improving, I was actually able to read a WORD last week with it. My ophthalmologist was very encouraging at my last checkup, and said I may not need surgery to reverse the blindness… YAY!!!
And at the other end of my breaking down body, my plantar fasciitis has all but disappeared, thanks to steroid shots in the heel and ongoing stretching…!
So now I am waiting for my health condition to return to normal so I can get back to my normal routine…. and stop surfing spider porn…