It keeps you on your toes when things are constantly changing. A couple weeks ago I noticed they started appearing again, just a few, but the number has grown and their size has grown, and unfortunately they have returned, but I don’t really understand why that would happen now.
Back in June I wrote a post Where Have All the Spiders Gone? about the spiders that have taken up residency on my front porch every spring since our move here in 2004. This year for some reason they never arrived. They weren’t putting forth an appearance every evening on the sides and ceiling of my front porch, and we didn’t have to worry about walking through a web if we arrived home after dark and the front light wasn’t on. Over the course of the summer I enjoyed not having them here. I could sit out on the porch reading in the evening and not have to worry about them stringing webs above my head if I read past dusk. It was wonderful, until now.
They are back! Why would they come back in mid September? Don’t they know fall is here, that the temperatures are going to get colder? Do they have to cover my porch with their webs now, after all this time? Don’t they know I have grown accustomed to their absence? Could I be so lucky as to have a frost this fall kill them all off once and for all?
I really shouldn’t complain, after all they stay outside. In all these years I have never had a problem with them invading the inside of the house. I don’t have a problem with mosquitoes, most likely thanks to spider consumption. Maybe they have done me a favor. I used to be the type of person that would freak at the sight of a microscopic sized spider, now I can walk in with them all over the porch and not go into a state of panic. That isn’t to say I don’t try to come in as quickly as possible to prevent the possibility of one landing on me, but I am able to walk calmly into the house without looking like I’m trying to escape a mass murder. In fact I have grown to enjoy the comical, panicky entrance of those who are freaked out by them. That still does nothing to satisfy the questions that now perplex me.
My mind is even more curious than it was a few months ago. Why were they here for nine years beginning in the spring and staying through fall, then this spring never arrived? Where have they been all summer? Why are they suddenly making their appearance now? Will they be back next spring? The great spider mystery, it just adds to the craziness. I think it may become a cold case, never to be resolved.