There is a plant flowering in a
clearing in the nearby forest right now. A tall slender stemmed plant with
bunches of small white flowers at the end of each branch, not many branches. It
has a strong and unusual smell and attracts many small insects, beetles, flies
etc. And some larger insects like the butterfly and moth.
On every bunch of flowers there is
at least one white crab spider and a couple of other kinds of spider too. The
crab spider is so called because of how it preys, or prays, sitting with front
legs spread like the claws of a crab, waiting for something to come within
grasping range. It is also nearly invisible, white against white, and seems to
be able to vary its shade of colour for camouflage.
One of the other spiders appears
to pounce on its prey, another moves directly across the distance to grasp and
bite with lightning speed. Not much escapes the wily spider.
I have noticed some things about
spiders, the thread they make is not just to ensnare the unlucky bug in a web,
it is also for travelling on and a lifeline for when knocked off or jumping off
the security of the solid nature.
It communicates to the spider
through vibration what’s going on at the other end of it. The spider probably
recognises the correct signal for prey of varying kinds – too small or big. It
can be seen in macro photographs
the spider sits there with at least one ‘foot’ resting or ‘feeling’ on the
thread, not the flower as it appears to the naked eye. There are also signs of a
complex network of thread, as there are on all the flowers of this plant.
The thread is also for casting,
like a fishing line, to take the spider to new ground or to find a hook – by
sticking to some other structure so it can start building a web, or as an
anchor against being blown away in the wind. Guide rails, anchor, safety ropes
and fishing line as well as a net and telegraph. I understand some spiders also
use a denser, more visible weave in their web, a zigzag pattern, often in the
shape of an X to warn and attract. I have also seen them eat their own web when
it is destroyed – waste not – want not.
I see it all as an expression of
the magnificent intelligence behind.
There was one flying insect about
the size of a mosquito that displayed unusual behaviour when approaching the
flower heads from above. It behaved as if it was about to land on the flowers
and just before it touched down, up it rose again. It looked as if it was
bouncing in slow motion off the surface but without touching it.
It performed this manoeuvre many
times before actually landing which would serve to draw any waiting spider out
of hiding – hiding can be just not moving when the spider is the same colour as
the flower. Often the only way to know something is there is if it moves.
That’s all intelligence too,
There is an equivalence of the
spider in human nature, but emotionalised. There always is since we came ‘up’
through the species and the knowledge of the being of spider, or anything else, is within. Nature is a reflection of my nature and in most people one aspect
or another can manifest at times. Have you ever noticed some people display
characteristics of different creatures? I met a mouse-like person recently.
I have recently, unavoidably,
had dealings over a period of time with a man of position who is sometimes
overtaken by a spider-like nature. The ‘right’ vibration strikes the vicious –
emotionalised attack complex – snatch and bite and bind – if it can. He has
also displayed other less predatory characteristics in various disguises,
shape-shifting according to the prevailing wind of mind. He knows the pain of
it too, but not enough yet.
That’s Human nature, tricky stuff,
to be handled with caution. And what man isn’t a tricky fellow at some time?
Everybody has it, more or less.
Everybody is also of the divine
and thank god for that, the God nature, or whatever it’s called. Really, and
for being able to see it because seeing it enough frees me of the sticky
binding of tricky emotion.
© Mark Berkery