Enslaving Web -II
“Will you walk into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly; / “’Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy. / The way into my parlor is up a winding stair, / And I have many pretty things to show when you are there.”(Mary Howitt)
In our case, it all starts with some silk being artistically used…by some spiders…As such I think I could even think about continuing my story with “once upon a time there was a spider and afterwards there came an entire army of spiders” that started weaving an entire palette of webs.
When getting into the depths of that web, things start getting a little bit more complex. Being endowed with different kinds of silk, silk flowing from the right spinneret, the spider gets to decide whether he needs to make use of a thicker or thinner thread of silk, a sticky or dry one and as the case may be “beaded or smooth”. Amazingly enough the silk flowing from those glands of Mr. Spider though a liquid when coming out, hardens when coming into contact with the air and thus come into being those magnificent masterpieces. Yet, even more amazing I happen to consider the way these creatures innately master the art of bringing into being these webs. A sixth instinct there tells them that they need to do this and they do it. As others have previously said “they are born knowing how to do it.”First the spider lets go of a silk thread which he chooses to latch onto something that gets to be firm. After all it shouldn’t be blamed for doing this mainly because he wishes not to see its work of art collapsing and him working in vain. You would do it too if you were in its shoes (Does the spider have any shoes? Perhaps only the one suggestively called Daddy Long Legs.)
So the first step is the one which involves the anchoring of the web. Once he finished doing this he will dedicate himself to building a pattern which he already knows though nobody taught him how to do it. Yet, the amazing never ceases to come when bringing into subject the spider webs since though many may seem fragile and delicate, they can prove to be as hard as steel, being able to hold quite a considerable weight on it.
As for the amount of time the spider dedicates to building such a web, it is said that he only needs an hour to see its masterpiece done and ready to be admired or for someone to just fall into its trap. As if they let you decide which of these two situations to choose…I guess they get to feel really happy and content when sensing something falling into it mainly because this spells a good meal for them.
Does the spider take breaks while weaving its beautiful, intriguing, enslaving web? What is sure is that if it decides to take a break or more breaks it won’t get to finish it in just an hour…thus he seems to just make sure that he gets it done sooner. In fact I managed to read that for a spider this web construction gets to be not as hard as it may seem to us, as the hard part comes when it gets to maintaining it in its initial shape. Did you know for example that any victim falling into the trap set by the spider ruins the web bit by bit? And not only its victims are to be blamed for the ruining of its carefully designed web and something tells me that the spider doesn’t even blame it on its victims mainly because the more of these happen to be, the more content it makes him feel. Yet, as days keep going by, the web gets to lose some if not most of its stickiness. Thus, the spider from my story starts renewing its web with much the same determination with which he initially constructed it.
Do you think the spider gets to feel tired once he finished his masterpiece? I have to admit that though I never had the chance to ask a spider face to face whether or not this web construction tires him I did manage to read somewhere that “Web making is a very tiring business.” Yet, amazingly enough the spider did manage to find just the right vitamin to boost his energy or better said to re-boost “their energy levels”. He recycles his masterpiece…or better said his work of art…by eating the once sticky strands of silk. After all these little creatures know that they have to re-make their webs to be able to take another tasty meal, and just to be able to re-make it they do need to gain new energy.
Quite energetic these little creatures don’t you think so? Most surely…Yet very few of us know that sometimes different types of spiders get together to just interweave their webs and create one giant web. Real artists these spiders, though annoying sometimes, most of the times if you ask some…
Yet, once you get to know Pablo Picasso’s words, words he used to describe the artist you may somehow get to change the perspective over the spiders webs: “The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” So, let the spider be an artist, an enslaving, entrapping one!11