Anything is Possible

One foggy morning, I spotted this single spider web and took a picture.

Then I made some measurements.

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It is a single web that is over 40 feet (12M) long and each end is over 14 feet(4M) above the ground in the trees.
The low spot in the middle is still over 3 feet (1m) above the ground. The attachment point at each end is NOT at the lowest branch of that tree. How could a “mindless” spider accomplish such an impossible task?

The true answer is not certain, as no one was there to witness it….But the leading hypothesis(scientific guess) is below…..

Got a better one?……..Do tell!

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WIND is the secret! The spider took advantage of the wind. The general wind pattern at this site is blowing from the camera position towards the distant tree.

It was the night before…(Afternoon would be far less likely because a driveway passes under this web and would have cut it with a single vehicle/body.)

Hypothesis 1. The spider let out it’s line, like fishing line off a reel. The wind carried it to the opposite tree and it stuck.

Hypothesis 2.(The exciting one.) The spider attached it’s line to the upwind tree (camera position) and JUMPED! The wind would catch the spider and it would drift to the opposite tree and then attach the other end there.

The early morning dew would then weigh the web down so it would sag closer to the ground.

It’s called “ballooning”.

So, are they really mindless victims of the wind????      Enjoy..

Who are YOU, calling ME “mindless”???

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About Mike

Retired science teacher that is learning to blog...

2 thoughts on “Anything is Possible

  1. Yun says:

    Normally I do not read post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite nice article.

    • Mike says:

      Glad you liked it. This whole blogging thing is new and strange to me. Joseph and I are simply attempting to get a different view of the sciences out there…
      Mike

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