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Glistening webs - Julie Lane

Posted On: 5 Dec 2021   |   Posted By: Milton Keynes Natural History Society

Glistening webs - Julie Lane

This morning was one of those mornings when you wake up to a misty fog and feel like staying tucked up in bed (a heavy cold makes this idea even more appealing!). But our dog needs to be walked so I set off to a world of magic.
The local field is cloaked in a blanket of silken spider's web. In the past I have seen this gossamer bathed in the morning sun which sets it afire in rainbow colours - one of the most beautiful sights in nature.

I meet a man with a dog who says ‘I don't like spiders ugh!' - how sad. I meet another man who says ‘yes, the webs are amazing but watch out for the false widow spider!' Human beings have such a deep ingrained fear of these creatures.
I wander up to the Barn field above Olney where the whole place is adorned with dew-covered silken web. This phenomenon allows me to see the different structures of the webs in great clarity. There are the classic orb webs strung across gaps between the bushes with large beads of dew weighing them down. There are the...

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