Health Warning: not a post for the faint of heart where eight-legged creatures are concerned!
Remember this? Taken last year, when I found it tucked away in the side of the back yard door. Someone told me it was a spider's cocoon, and I watched it carefully throughout the winter.
Latterly it began to have a tattered, dried-out look, and I thought that maybe the hard winter had done for its tiny inhabitants.
Until this morning.
Dozens of cute little spiderlings on the door, busy doing whatever it is they do until they can disperse. If disturbed, they scatter, but huddle together again within moments.
I'm not scared of spiders, but I don't know much about them, so I think I may need to do a little research. Such an ordinary, everyday creature, the spider, but still a marvel of Nature.