In burn everything with fire news, a European Redditor recently spotted a spider using a hanging rock to anchor its web. Or was it preparing to drop the rock and crush an unsuspecting victim? Never trust a spider -- that's what a moth once told me.
Spider at my girlfriend's parents house, in their garage. Apparently it decided it wanted to build its web in the middle of the arch and needed something to counter balance it from the bottom. So, this clever spider grabbed a rock, dragged it up to the web, and suspended it from the bottom. Never seen anything like it before and thought it was pretty f***ing cool.
Per entomologist and Redditor Jay180:
Basically, the spider is looking for good anchor points. It pulls on all the lines to check for stability as it's making the web. As far as it knows that line is attached to the ground. That rock is just heavy enough to keep the line taut but not so light the spider would pull it all the way up. Had one do this with a heavy leaf outside my window. That leaf danced just above the ground for like weeks and drove me crazy every time the wind blew.
Damn, I'm afraid it's only a matter of time until spiders are building catapults and cannons to take out enemies from afar. And when that day comes, well, I can only hope I'm already six feet under. "Like, dead?" God no, like six feet under my naked girlfriend floating above me in outerspace. I will be taking racy pictures. No -- racy HOLOGRAMS.
Keep going for several more shots of the web, along with a David Attenborough video of a spider from Madagascar raising a snail shell up a tree to hide in.
Thanks to PYY, who