Sunday, March 11, 2007

Small Wonder

A teeny tiny red spider on the small fruit of the catchweed or bedstraw plant.
See bird feather for scale. (Click picture for larger view)
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"Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain." ~ Henry David Thoreau
The bedstraw or catchweed (Galium aparine) plant is running rampant behind our fence. It produces these small prickly fruits that measure 4-6mm across. I took this picture with the bird feather as a background to show texture and give a sense of scale, but didn't see the passenger attached to the small stem until I downloaded to the computer. It is some sort of tiny spider, bright red and no more than 1.5 mm in length. For travel purposes the creature picked a perfect place to land as the spiny fruits are extremely sticky and end up as little burrs on shoelaces, jeans and in dog hair. This is truly a "small wonder".

Submission for SeeItSunday topic "small". (end of post)


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