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The Menace from Lydia: the Social Spider as Alien Invader

By Furey, Robert E.

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Title: The Menace from Lydia: the Social Spider as Alien Invader  
Author: Furey, Robert E.
Language: English
Subject: Nonfiction, History, Essay
Collections: Science Fiction Collection, Baen Library Collection
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Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises


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Description: This article talks about the evolution of spiders how they've adapted to the environment.

Summary: Spiders, by nature are a very aggressive species. Starting when they are still in the nest, spiders are constantly competing to survive. Only a number of spiders will live to break out of the nest and live on. They build intricate 'alien spider cities' in which they all live. Over the years, the keep building on and building on. Some structures that you may seen with the fine webbing have been abandoned for years and other small creatures find home in it. Spiders have been around since before Earth was inhabitable by mammals. They have been and will be around for years to come.

Excerpt: Not all spiders do all things with their webbing, of course. And not all spiders solve the same problems in the same manner. For trapping insects there are webs covered with drops of glue and there are webs that are mechanically “sticky” with tiny loops of webbing along a strand that entrap insect feet in velcro-like lariats. The iconic image of a web-wrapped prey item subdued and hung up for later consumption is an incomplete view of what a spider can do with silk.

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