It's summer - and spider season in Texas!
At this time every year, spiders invade our home and spin tiny little webs all over the place. It really freaked me out the first year, because I found these webs everywhere, appearing overnight - mostly along the floor where the floor meets the wall.
Though these spiders are harmless and just want a little space to fulfill their destinies, and have as much of a right to be in this space as I do, I embark each weekend on a mission to acquire bad karma and suck up large numbers of these little creatures with my vacuum cleaner.
However, I found this gorgeous spider outside our house last week with the most interesting design on her web - like Zorro with a stutter. She is Argiope aurantia or the Writing Spider, and is about 3" long, with pretty black and yellow markings.
I check on her each morning and evening, and marvel at how lovely she is.
This got me thinking ... I would definitely not vacuum up this beautiful spider. Then how come I don't think twice about sucking up with my vacuum cleaner, all her tinier relatives that live inside my home?
Do I discriminate based on size?? Are smaller spiders more expendable?
What is the lower limit on size for me, below which I wouldn't take extra care to not kill the creature??
Can I then honestly fault someone who thinks it's ok to shoot deer or hunt bears? Maybe their lower limit is just higher than my own?