I saved a spider today from inside of my house. One of the very few that have been pardoned for crossing the threshold. But as I looked at it, I thought “Why should IT die?”.
Because it’s ugly and scary looking?
Don’t we all have ugly and scary looking sides?
I hate when people cut worms in half to see what will happen. I hate when people joke about plucking the wings off of something to see what will happen. I hate the idea of killing living things (plants, animals, humans). So why is a spider so much less than those?
I try and find these moments. These “teaching” moments. (Aka…I try and stay sensitive to God’s subtle butt kickings) And if Lily was old enough, I would sit her down and explain everything I just learned about myself and how spiders are super beneficial and that she has NOTHING to fear from them.
No life is less than my own. We all have our place. Who am I to judge even a spiders presence in my home, let alone another human being?
So, here are some interesting facts about spiders that even I did not know. Hopefully the next time you go to kill one, you’ll choose to RELOCATE it instead…
**Spiders are vital to a healthy ecosystem. They eat harmful insects, pollinate plants, and recycle dead animal and plants back into the earth. They are also a valuable food source for many small mammals, birds, and fish.
**Spiders eat more insects than birds and bats combined.
**Hummingbirds use small sticks and the silk from spider webs to weave a nest for themselves.
**Water spiders are the only spiders that spend their entire lives in water. The spiders construct a “diving bell” that allows them to live and spin webs underwater. They use their legs like a fishing pole to pull in insects, tadpoles, and even small fish.
**Hundreds of years ago, people put spider webs on their wounds because they believed it would help stop the bleeding. Scientists now know that the silk contains vitamin K, which helps reduce bleeding.
**The Darwin bark spider creates the strongest material made by a living organism. Their giant webs can span rivers, streams, and even lakes and is 10 times stronger than Kevlar.
**A spider eats about 2,000 insects a year.
For me, the most important fact is the insect one. In the webs outside of our doors or windows I see TONS of the nasty little black bugs that bite. So even if the spider isn’t eating them all, it’s caught bugs in it’s web.