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  Nature's Dance-Spider and the Web!   •  Mary-Ellen Latino view larger image

Nature's Dance-Spider and the Web!

This piece pays tribute to the spiders tirelessly working in my succulent garden in Central Coast, California. Have you ever been fascinated by a spider’s ability to spin an intricate and artistic web? Spider silk is important to many birds like hummingbirds for nest construction. (Hansel 1993). The over 3,000 species of spiders living in North America regulate insect populations and serve as an important food source for birds, lizards, and other animals. Without spiders most crops would be consumed by pests.

Spiders matter–do not kill! They are adversely affected by deforestation, agriculture, urbanization, chemicals, climate change, and public fear. Spiders are endangered and can be conserved through habitat protection, captive breeding programs, continued studies, and public education.

Photo by Joe Ofria

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