Gardens provide fresh vegetables and spiders

I’m getting a little worried about my wife. She’s been getting a bit…obsessive. She’s been gardening this summer, and sure, it’s great getting fresh vegetables, but she’s taken to getting down on her knees and looking under every leaf and at every stem, and I think she’s currently spending more effort pursuing spiders than anything else. It’s a little weird. So she just had me run to the lab and bring back a dozen vials so she can continue her perverse hobby of peering at arachnids.

This is her latest discovery, a lovely tetragnathid.

Do you think she’s getting rather carried away with this spider mania? What should I do?


  1. brucej says

    That’s it. Shut down the comments on this thread…larpar won by 24 lengths…

  2. mikehuben says

    You are so lucky. All my wife does is get me collecting permits (and in Ecuador that’s a BIG thing.)

  3. unclefrogy says

    get her more vials and a big hand lens and maybe one of those led headlamps thingy’s for when it’s dark
    uncle frogy

  4. wzrd1 says

    I don’t think I’ve ever observed that specific eye configuration before, usually, there they’re clustered in different orientations.
    Got a clue what species it is?

  5. davidc1 says

    The Doc wrote “She’s been getting a bit…obsessive.”
    Pots calling kettles black springs to mind .You are lucky to have a wife had shares your interests .

  6. J B says

    What should I do?

    Reciprocation would be my instinct, but I’ve seen no bad ideas in the comments yet.

  7. blf says

    This all sounds very familiar to the mildly deranged penguin. She (the mildly deranged one (the penguin, that is)) is softening up the confused male, preparing him to sitting on the eggs — in this case, probably spider egg sacks — during a freezing cold winter… when she flies off to the tropics for a long rest.