Larinioides and the Lair (three photos)
"Furrow Spider"

"The Spider and the Fly"
A Fable

by Mary Howitt

"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly;
"'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things to show when you are there."
"O no, no," said the little fly, "to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."


The lair

"I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the spider to the fly.
"There are pretty curtains drawn around, the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in."
"O no, no, said the little fly, "for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed."

spider lair

"The spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly fly would soon be back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready to dine upon the fly."

furrow spider
This gorgeous spider was in a pipe at Bear River MBR.  At first she was facing down and then slowly
started to turn until she had done a 180.  None of the lines were tangled when she was done
and I got this neat photo of her.  Kind of a scary-looking lair for one of
the most beautiful orb weavers in Utah. © Carol Davis, 4-15-07

Excerpts from the "The Spider and the Fly" poem taken from my favorite poetry book,
One Hundred and One Famous Poems by Contemporary Books, Inc.

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