Today we have two overachieving arachnids.
First, from the Torygraph’s picture gallery for today:
The incredible spider’s web which appeared in front of Russell Harding s garage door. A pensioner could not believe his eyes when he stepped outside his front door and almost walked into this spider’s web – which spanned six foot. Russell Harding, 74, was shocked when he spotted the huge web as he went to carry out some early morning work in his garage. The web, which spread the gap between his car’s wing mirror and his shed and had an inch and a half spider sat in the middle.
From Matthew: The spider is a European Garden Spider, and is obviously substantially closer to the camera than the garage door (if not, the spider would be truly immense…) In fact, we could probably work out how far away the spider and the garage food are with a bit of trigonometry. If we assume that the spider is 3 cm long (max) and the panels on the garage door are 12 cm high, what is the distance between the camera and the spider and the spider and the door?
Also from Matthew:
Another great web, also apparently by a European garden spider, was tw**eted by @MikeWil, from imgur user Reverseloop. This spider found an amazing solution to a major problem. It wanted to slid its web across the top of a garage, but the angle of the roof was so shallow that it couldn’t anchor the web. So in a fit of industrious genius, it found a rock, and dropped that down on a thread, to hold the bottom of the web. As Mike said ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’
View up to the roof – you can just see the web at the top
And here’s a close-up showing the webbing connecting the thread to the pebble:
You can see more on Reverseloop’s imgur page.