Daddy Longlegs

I watched a daddy long legs spider do something very interesting today. When I first saw it, I thought it was in a frenzy because it had been caught in a web of another spider but when I took a closer look, I realised it was spinning around in its web almost to the point where I couldn’t see it! Has anyone seen this before? Spinning round and round and round, my gosh, I wondered if he (or she!) was actually getting dizzy doing that!
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So I did a little bit of research and found out that daddy longlegs do this as a defense mechanism, so I’m assuming my presence sent it into a spin! I initially thought it was spinning its web, but nope, he had gone into defence mode!
So, my lesson for the day! And I’ve always loved the pungawerewere, the elaborate whare that are spun by spiders. I’ve taken many photos of them and I reckon they’re one of the most beautiful art forms ever!
Arohanui,
Jo x

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