Thursday, February 03, 2005

Little Crawly Things

I awoke this morning with an itchy line of flea bites on my left leg. I haven't had flea bites since, well, the last time I was in Brisbane during the summer. Later in the morning, I walked straight into a meter-wide spider web trying to get to the laundry under the house. You can generally get right out of it by immediately backing away. It simply peels off your face. The 5-cm female was, I think, a type of orb weaver. It takes a while to get used to living with so many insects and arachnids when one has been away from it for a while. There are so many in Australia that some people even expand their bird-watching to include spiders.

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