Jenny appears!

Usually, Jenny By-The-Front-Door is huddled up inside her nest, and at best I see a waving leg or three. Tonight, though, she made a rare appearance. Isn’t she beautiful?

I really want to dig into the intricate pigment patterns on Parasteatoda abdomens.


  1. hemidactylus says

    Is Jenny by any chance an homage to “Jenny from the block” who got her start as a “fly girl” dancer?

    I’ve seen that show recently. The humor hasn’t aged well.

  2. blf says

    At the end of Myth: Spiders come into houses in the fall to get out of the cold, Rod Crawford at the Burke Museum notes:

    Spiders are “cold-blooded” and not attracted to warmth. They don’t shiver or get uncomfortable when it’s cold, they just become less active and eventually, dormant. Most temperate zone spiders have enough “antifreeze” in their bodies that they won’t freeze at any temperature down to -5°C; some can get colder. […]

  3. hemidactylus says

    But I wouldn’t judge Sir Mix-a-Lot on Jenny-By-The -Front-Door. Is it wrong to find stuff attractive? “Oh, my, God Becky“. Supernormal? Yeah I’m wrong but everyone has their things. Spider got back. Egads why Hemi?