Tuesday, April 02, 2013
I found an unusual web on the back of a patio chair the other day.
The chair, which I am planning to restrap, was stored in a back room indoors. When we brought it out into the light, the web was revealed. I couldn't find a spider in residence, though there were a few small (+/- .25") shed spider skins and some dessicated prey.
I also haven't been able to find any image of a web that resembles this, especially the double-strand zigzag motif. Aside from the fictional weavings of Charlotte, the closest thing is images of the webs of drugged spiders, part of a couple of experiments on the effects of various drugs on spiders. The caffeine- and chloral hydrate-induced webs bear a glancing similarity. Where would the spider lurking in a dusty back room get caffeine or a Mickey Finn?
I'm going to have another look for the spider; meanwhile . . . Anyone ever seen a web like this?