Friday, September 30, 2016


"Study of Sex and Death (Window Web)" by Troy's Work Table. Carport chalking for Friday 30 September 2016.

Sidewalk chalk and charcoal.


One evening this past week, our dinner "entertainment" was watching a male cross orbweaver spider attempt to court a much larger female. She spurned his advances. He would tug on a line leading to the center of her web and she would eventually cut it away so that he couldn't "call" her. Or she would charge him and he would drop a foot or so down and crawl back up and start "calling" again. Or she would half-heartedly charge him and then retreat to the center of her web once more. We never got to see the conclusion: mating, followed by the male likely being eaten. But we did get to see the beauty (and accompanying horror) of nature on display, as these two arachnids lived their lives as thousands upon thousands of generations before them.

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