Saturday, January 01, 2005


I've been doing a little research on spiders for two science ficiton stories. My experience with spiders has been from living in Xieng Khouang. When we didn't have electricity every night, even a small spider looks like a monster with long shadows in the flickering candlelight. When removed from the possibility of direct contact, I find that they are really very interesting. I had thought that the silk comes from their mouths but the silk production glands are in the abdomen. Here's what I've found:

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