A few days ago, I posted This Picture:
and offered a prize for the person who could identify what it was. Answers ranged from toupees to Itt’s second cousin to embedded Smurfs to Chupacabra eggs, but the judge ruled Laura M’s answer of a “Lurkin’ Merkin” as being the most original. Yes, I had a judge, but I cannot reveal his/her name or the losers would have to kill her/him, most probably, over their disappointment. So, Laura M, let me know which prize you prefer. If it is the book, have a look at my book pages and let me know which one and your mailing address. If you want the personalized poem, I’ll need information about the subject or event it is for.
Okay, when you see this film you will understand what this “object” is. It is actually hundreds if not thousands of Daddy Longlegs clustered into an oval a foot long.
I know, hard to believe. This used to happen every year at my house with the clusters being a couple of feet top to bottom and sticking out six inches or so. Then they did not come for a few years. Last night I went outside and this one was completely gone, but nearby they were congregating again in a more sheltered spot. I’m wondering if the dog or the gardener disturbed them. I never would. I find them fascinating. It is not a mating thing, by the way, but rather a defense measure. Banded together, they produce an odor (not detectable by the human nose) that wards off predators. In this case, probably ants. Another speculation is that it is a defense against the cold. If you search YouTube, you can also find a video of one of these guys fighting a Black Widow Spider and winning! Ain’t nature grand? It is a continual adventure here south of the Tropic of Cancer. Thanks for playing with me!!! Judy
P.S. By the way, these clusters have been found to contain up to 40,000 DLL’s and in spite of what the guy in the video says, they are not spiders and, I love the feeling of a DLL on my skin! (Gonna check that number. It may have been 4,000.)