Charlotte's Children by mbemis

Charlotte's Children

Another for the Get Pushed challenge. @zosymasy asked me to do a macro.

"Wilbur trembled all over when he saw it. The little spider waved at him. Then Wilbur looked more closely. Two more little spiders crawled out and waved. They climbed round and round on the sac, exploring their new world. Then three more little spiders. Then eight. Then ten. Charlotte's children were here at last." --E. B. White, "Charlotte's Web"
wow, that's an interesting capture!! FAV
September 4th, 2014  
Seeing that many spiders gave me the heebie jeebies!
September 4th, 2014  
Magnificent! Perfect with the passage from Charlotte's Web too. I love that you included a dime for scale. Just incredible, Mannie. Bravo again!
September 4th, 2014  
I think I'd rather be surrounded by a family this size than the size my turkey family is going to become. At least these will hide silently in corners. Lovely image and a delightful book. I've shared it with so many classes over the years and still delight in reading your quote. Beautiful.
September 4th, 2014  
@axika @juliac @cejaanderson @ubobohobo Thanks for your comments and favs on the spiderlings picture. I spotted them yesterday just outside the front door and took their picture. Then when I brought it up on the computer last night, I realized I needed something to indicate how small they are. So it was back out again this morning with the dime. Good thing I got them then, because most of them had moved off to more remote spots by the afternoon. Margaret, I also read the book to my second graders every year. It has one of my favorite last lines of any book: "It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both."
September 4th, 2014  
@zosimasy Here's another super close-up, Charles. The spiderlings were a surprise for me.
September 4th, 2014  
@mbemis wow, very nice, and creepy... spiders don't really bother me though, but others in my family are afraid of them. I prefer them in the garden or somewhere useful though :)
September 4th, 2014  
YAY for Charlotte! I wonder if any of these are named Joy, Nellie, or Aranea.

Thank you for the lovely moon quote you shared on my photo yesterday. Very apropos and much appreciated.
September 4th, 2014  
OMG!! How creepy! The only thing scarier would be a thousand clowns coming out of one car.
September 4th, 2014  
Sam
oooohhhh scary!!!!!!!!
September 5th, 2014  
I really do not care for bugs or spiders but I have to say this shot just thrilled me as it reminded me of one of my favorite memories with my best friend when she and I came across a fresh batch of tiny spiders one time. Thanks, Mannie - this really gave me a big smile.
September 5th, 2014  
It is a great macro and quite scary! Quite, quite scary!!!
September 5th, 2014  
@daweenie I just have to tell you - Great comment... I can't stop laughing!
September 5th, 2014  
Until I read your comments I thought this was a set up shot with the dime and food encouragement but guess not. Love the contrasting colour of the spiders on the white paint. Now it's time to get rid of them.
September 5th, 2014  
Great find! I love the passage (and the book) you paired with it!
September 5th, 2014  
what a cool shot. they are tiny
September 5th, 2014  
@zosimasy I prefer them in the garden as well, Charles, but I don't kill them in the house. I relocate them. These were outside.
September 5th, 2014  
What a great picture to go with a great book
September 5th, 2014  
@daweenie Oh, Daweenie, they were practically microscopic. I thought they were cute.
September 5th, 2014  
@gigiflower Run and hide, Sam.
September 5th, 2014  
@vega I've never seen them fresh out of the sac like these, Vega. And I've never noticed the sac there by the door, but it must have been there for some time.
September 5th, 2014  
@kathiecb This is actually on the door frame, Kathie, and I rotated the picture. What looks like it might be food is the egg sac they emerged from. The spiders are on the outside of the door and have mostly moved on. I'll be brushing their webs off the porch before long.
September 5th, 2014  
@laurielizard Me too, Laurie. Glad you liked them.
September 5th, 2014  
@sailingmusic Thanks, Myrna. They looked like tiny dots.
September 5th, 2014  
@jasonadams17 You betcha, girls. I have an old copy of the book that I used to read aloud to my class. Your grandmother took to Garth Williams (the illustrator) when he was in Albuquerque. He autographed it for me and remarked that it was nice to see a book so well used.
September 5th, 2014  
The two on top make this pic!!!! Two winters ago I took in a bunch of spider eggs. I had watched the mom all summer as she kept adding each spherical sac. Then she went off and died. I put them in a big clear plastic container with coffee filter as a top... In the spring they hatched and I got pics! Some flew off on their lines... It was a thrill. Your pic here is so unique! Love it
September 5th, 2014  
Hey wait! I was looking really closely... This look like they have 6 legs and two antennae... They resemble a cluster if insects I shot yesterday... A type of assassin bug... Are you sure they are spiders?
September 5th, 2014  
@espyetta Well, you could sure be right. It does look more like 6 legs and two antennae. But they were all emerging from what I took to be an egg sac. But I read up on assassin bugs and learned that they emerge from an egg pouch as nymphs which will grow and shed their exoskeleton several times on their way to winged adulthood. So thanks for the correction although it just shoots down my really nifty quote to go with what I thought were spiders. We live and learn.
September 6th, 2014  
Wow very cool !!!
September 6th, 2014  
@mbemis I'd call it poetic licence and stick with "spider" in spite of the absence of a couple of extra legs. This tiny? One could be forgiven.
September 6th, 2014  
Great macro!
September 6th, 2014  
@ubobohobo I like your idea, Margaret. I'm sticking.
September 6th, 2014  
@pittcj17 @kt8ird Thanks for your comments on the "faux" spiders.
September 6th, 2014  
@mbemis It's a cool photo, spiders or otherwise. Eek!
September 6th, 2014  
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