Orb Weaver Can Haz Termites

A short spell of light rain yesterday was enough to disturb a subterranean termite nest on our property and bring its population to the surface (click image for the bigger picture):

To the uninitiated, it can be a bit disconcerting to see a termite swarm suddenly flying about or moving along the ground seemingly from out of nowhere, but winged groups such as this that emerge from beneath the soil — while indicative of a colony’s presence — are relatively harmless, usually dying before getting the chance to do any damage. Should a swarm such as this materialize directly from a structure, it’s probably best to get inspected.

One creature who loves when termites swarm after a fall rain is the orb weaver spider — such as the one in the following video (and the subject of yesterday’s post). It enjoyed a lunchtime snack of several haphazardly flying termites who had the misfortune of getting caught in its web by our side door while I stood nearby with my camera. Arachnophobes should avoid the ensuing clip, especially not in all its 1080p full-screen HD glory:

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."