Mugging....

.... beautiful springtime has birthed her blooms and sprouts around here, but she's also brought along something else.... the insects.....

.... I watched a fat, long-legged Crane fly get predated by a jumping spider this morning while I sipped my coffee and read blogs.... I felt kinda bad for it, actually.... I mean, I understand that it is just Nature doing her thing, but still.... I can imagine a lot more ways of checking out that would be much better than having your innards liquefied and greedily sucked out by some spider... then again, I haven't heard of any spiders that are large enough to chase me down and suck out MY guts.... but even though I am safe, part of my psyche just can't help but do a little projecting.....

.... anyway, I bring this up merely to highlight the fact that today's 'spider watching' was completely different from all the other 'spider watchings' that I've written about before....

.... today's voyeuristic viewing was much, MUCH more violent...

.... all of the other times in which I have sat and philosophically watched a spider do its thing, there has been a web involved..... and with the web comes the tangling, the writhing, and an incredibly hopeless terror .... and as the web vibrates the spindly spider cautiously approaches the struggling prey... then, once in range, a quick bite... and then a retreat for the venom to take hold...... the victim slows, attempts to resist, strains to flee, and slows a bit more.... and then, once the web is completely still, the owner of the web creeps in for the feast......

... it's a marvelously thought-provoking thing to watch... on lots and lots of levels.... there is the quiet, delicate inevitability that the spider represents.... the fear of the web... the hopelessness of The Trap.... immobility, fangs, life, fear, struggling, death.... trust me, folks... watching spiders is a goldmine if you lean your mind to just the right angle.....

.... but what I saw this morning had nothing 'delicate' about it.... from beginning to end, it was more akin to a mugging... or a prison-yard gangland shanking.... it was quick, it was overpowering, and it was fascinatingly brutal..... I'd like to say that the Crane fly never knew what hit him, but I can't.... the spider grabbed him by the head - and eye-to-eye as he was slowly sucked dry - he definitely knew what had him.... they were face to face as one fed and the other watched....

.... what a helluva way to go.... it's one thing to be helplessly tangled in a web as some weedy little spider slowly creeps towards you.... but it is another concept entirely when a spider built like a linebacker runs up, grabs you, and holds you nice and still while it does as it pleases with you....

... the whole scene was just so odd, really........ I'd always thought of spiders as predators..... but I'd never thought of them as aggressive until today.... in truth, it it is quite a frightening concept to wrap your mind around.....

by Eric on April 18, 2008 | Bullshit (10) | TrackBack (0) | Thinking
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Good God... Go back to the TV, Eric!! I swear - I am going to have nightmares about this... Gah.

Bullshitted by Richmond on April 18, 2008 12:41 PM

.... sorry, Richmond..... death was outside the blogroom window this morning and I had a ringside seat....

Bullshitted by Eric on April 18, 2008 04:13 PM

Sounds like my day, today. 'cept I was the spider.

Bullshitted by Joan of Argghh! on April 18, 2008 08:05 PM

*in squeaky fly voice* Help meeeeee! Help meeeeee!!!!!!

Bullshitted by Jerry on April 18, 2008 09:30 PM

Good god, man... Don't you know some of us out here are trying to have breakfast? Fugedaboutit... Ruined my whole gotdam day...


Bullshitted by Winston on April 19, 2008 07:16 AM

Liquefied innards. Breakfast of Champions.

Bullshitted by Cappy on April 19, 2008 11:16 AM

Come on safari you wuss.
The Missus will love it, I promise.

Bullshitted by kesskennis on April 19, 2008 02:13 PM

The hubby and I watched Jurassic Park I and II last night - it was a first seeing for us both. I did not sleep well last night thinking about being chased down by a raptor. Now you bring up spiders...

Bullshitted by Lou on April 19, 2008 03:11 PM

Ok, you just brought back nightmares of the time I found a snake eating a frog. The frog was screaming... it was inside the snake. It was gross. Now I'm picturing this as well. Ugh.

Bullshitted by vw bug on April 19, 2008 07:52 PM

Now THAT'S a good cajun spider...grab head, pinch, twist, suck. Reminds me of a crawfish boil...I like him already.

Bullshitted by Jay- the friendly neighborhood piper on April 19, 2008 08:11 PM