Goodbye! Goodbye!

For those of us who love Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, you will remember the bitter sweet ending of Charlotte’s babies saying goodbye to Wilbur as they fly off. This flying is called “ballooning.” After watching this video on ballooning, I marvel at spiders’ ability to fly and wonder if they use intelligence or instinct to know when to pull in or let out more thread and when to curl up or fling out their legs. For the spider squimish – there isn’t any scary footage here. The spider you see is teensy weensy and, trust me, it is more frightened of you then you are of it.


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