So my mum's in town this week. It's about an 8 hour drive from where she lives to here, 800km or 600mi, whatever floats your boat. Basically a full day on the road, and most definitely a full tank of gas (or two, depending on the size of the vehicle) to drive it. Consequently, when my mum and I decided to go out for lunch today, we had to fill up her car first before we could. So we stopped at Esso and my mum got out to pump the petrol... ten seconds later she's pounding on my window shreaking about what she found in the gas tank: A huge mama orb spider! ::boggles:: A spider! In a gas tank! With babies! WTF?!
Obviously, given the nest full of baby spider eggs, mama orb had been there for at least a day or two. Which means she crawled in at Fort Mac, and stayed put for the entire 800km drive to Calgary. Now, maybe it's just me, but I think choosing to lay your eggs next to something as toxic as a gasoline tank is pretty much one of the stupidest things a spider could do. Those babies didn't stand much chance for survival where they were, so I didn't feel too
guilty scraping the nest out with a piece of paper towel. Mama got safely relocated to a grove of flowers, though. Hopefully she'll lay new eggs in that much more welcoming environment.
Still, I gotta ask, why the gas tank? What goes through a spider's mind that makes her think that's a good place to nest? Seriously!
Also, I have no idea how I never knew about this before, but there's an awesomely long early season Stargate: SG-1/MacGyver
crossover over at Chevron Two
called "Thicker Than Water" by Margaret Martin. I'm only half-way through chapter four so I can't tell how it's gonna end, but so far it's very interesting, well-written, and excellently in-character. A good find. Yay for me! :D
Apparently, today is the day for spiders. I just had a jumping spider hop onto my keyboard. Cute little guy, but so not the place for him to be. Off to the backyard he goes... ::le sigh::