Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spider in the Shower

Lately I've had a tiny creature accompanying me in my outdoor shower. At first I didn't notice him; then when I turned to dry off I saw the web glistening in the morning light.

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I'm not sure how long he intends to stick around, but I'm careful not to disturb him. As long as the rest of his family doesn't move in with him I am happy to share the space.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of traveling to the island on Frazier Peele's ferry in 1951. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:17 AM

    His family? I do believe the Charlotte of the spider world is responsible for most webs as males only spin webs when very young. There fore this may be his only web if it was a he who happened to have the happenstance to create his masterpiece there in your shower. Spiders have compound eyes, PH did you not feel as if you were being observed?Bazinga.

    1. I learn something new every day! How do older male spiders get food?

    2. Anonymous10:38 AM

      That is a very good question. I am not a spider specialist ...if he is lucky and the first web he ever spun is still around in his twilight years can still trap meals, his wife is spinning and if he makes her happy.....half the spiders species do not spin webs, they hunt ,attack their prey and from what I have read they catch prey from leaving a silk thread to to trip up their next meal . Hope this helps. feel free to continue with an internet search. Research is funded by organizations willing to cough up the money, I have yet to find any documentation regarding a spider household and its typical membership i.e. female single head of household or female single parent pending egg sac deployment etc etc. LOL

    3. Thank you. I think this subject warrants more research!

  2. Anonymous11:07 PM

    When NC Mainlander played the piano for a wedding @ the Ocracoke Methodist church, the minister at that time (Joyce Ramsey) explained the large spider which suddenly appeared from a hole located in the pulpit was a regular "member" & not a guest! As soon as she told me this, the spider darted back in the hole. I was amazed!