When your recipe calls for a teaspoon of arachnid

I saw this thing (at least I hope it was this one) streak across my counter and slide under the bottom of the cabinet like a baseball player sliding into home plate about a week or 2 ago. I wasn’t overly concerned about it. I mean, it wasn’t a tarantula or anything, and it was sufficiently far enough from my bedroom that I knew it would not crawl into my mouth in the middle of the night. So I didn’t give it a second thought. Besides, there is not much for it to eat in the kitchen that I am aware of since the fruitflies vacated after the first frost. That caterpillar is long gone and to be honest I think the caterpillar could have held its own against this wimpy thing. I figured the spider wasn’t long for this world what without anything to eat.

So I was surprised to discover it had taken up residence in my measuring spoon. I use these pretty regularly so it’s only just arrived. You cannot see it very well here but it had made a relatively elaborate web inside the teaspoon. And it appeared to have a flatmate.

I was going to put them outside but it was 12 degrees and that would have killed them so instead I put them down the garbage disposal which also killed them but not in such terrible cold.

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