Sunday, August 7, 2011
If threatened, the micrathena has another trick up its sleeve. Next time you see one, gently tap it on the back with your finger. It will instantly launch itself unerringly and with incredible rapidity straight at your neck, and expertly pierce your jugular vein and drain you of all blood within seconds. Just kidding. What the spider will do is begin a rapid back and forth swaying, shaking the web as if it is bouncing on a trampoline and thus becoming a blur of motion. That stunt may be an attempt to either frighten off would-be predators or perhaps make it harder for them to capture the spider.