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Leon Surette <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 15 Mar 1999 20:02:52 -0500
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Gavin wrote:
>Let's say you were a common garden ant and you were trying desperately
>to avoid the web of a black widow spider--or any other large voracious
>spider. Which in relation to your size roughly approximates that of a
>human to a semi-trucktrailer. It's capable of catching you in what to an
>ant is a trap not unlike a web of super flexible steel cable covered
>with super glue, then jamming its saber like fangs in you, injecting you
>with neurotoxin. This dissolving your insides which it sucks out leaving
>nothing but your hollow husk, your exoskeleton, along with those of its
>other victims dangling in its web.
>So how would you perceive this being, Leon? And that's just one hazard,
>one dragon that populates an ant's world.
        But Gavin, why does Pound call black widow spiders dragons? I did in
fact speculate that perhaps he meant that ants were small relative to cows
and such like, but that seems a small yield. And are you quite sure that
ants are the usual prey of black widow spiders?