Archive for September 27th, 2013

How spiders fly!

I know I’ve watched way too many movies with my kids but I have to say I was surprised that even some of the animated ones we watch are educational. Take Charlotte’s Web, directed by Gary Winick for example. In the movie (and I won’t say where so as not to spoil it) they show lots of tiny spiders taking off into the air as they are hanging by a web.

Well, it turns out that they really do this. According to this story “Happy Early Halloween: Dallas Tangled in Flying Spider Webs” by Barbara Schmitt, it’s happening right now and not just in Dallas. To see more on this, check out the article “How Spiders ‘Fly’ Hundreds of Miles” by Bjorn Carey at Live Science. Who knew!?

Up, up and away!

 Green Librarian

The localist and the tiny little fish

Okay, that’s what I came up with when I  combined local and naturalist. I thought for today’s topic I would talk about a tiny cave-dwelling fish found only in Perry County, Missouri. Like the Hellbender, it too is now listed on the endangered species list.

To find out more on this little, little fish, check out the article “Tiny Perry County Fish Added to Endangered List” by Jeffrey Tomich over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Swimmingly yours!


Green Librarian