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Before you tire of bugs I have to get in a spider's web. Now we all know dew spangled webs are a photographer's delight but the interesting thing about this one is the leaf. I saw one web with a leaf in it, then another, and another - heaps of them. By then I figured this was no freak accident of falling leaves but a design feature.


Photo: Leaf curling spider

Musing:
From Design by Robert Frost
"I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth --
Assorted characters of death and blight
Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
Like the ingredients of a witches' broth --
A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
And dead wings carried like a paper kite.

What had that flower to do with being white,
The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
What brought the kindred spider to that height,
Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
What but design of darkness to appall?--
If design govern in a thing so small."

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