The tangled web of Montana spiders

Dean Pearson is watching this ecosystem shift to a new equilibrium. Credit: Kenneth Furrow.

In E.B. White’s classic children’s book, Charlotte the barnyard spider saves Wilbur the pig from becoming roast pork for Christmas dinner. She does it by weaving a web with words designed to discourage the farmer intent on his feast. It turns out there are spiders in Montana spelling out a very different kind of message. And to see it, you just have to look closely.

This story aired on Living on Earth this past weekend, and it’s part of the audio series One Species at a Time.

The spiders of Montana are spinning out of control.

~ by Ari Daniel on October 3, 2011.

One Response to “The tangled web of Montana spiders”

  1. Hi Ari—-Stephanie has just been here, and we listened together to the audio, on the spiders yesterday!——–very interesting !! Thanks again ! Hope all is well ! Anne, Nairn and Stephanie W.

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