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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Gossamer strands of silk

A very small spider sends out gossamer strands of silk as it attempts to parachute into the wind from its perch on an electric fence along a country road near Roseburg, Ore., on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The behavior called "ballooning" is used by small spiders to fly on the wind. 
Look carefully and you can see the silk behind this lovely little spider. A moment after I took this photo she sailed off with the wind.
This spider looks like it had a misfire and the silk is stuck to the wire.
The small jumping spider was not trying to fly. It seemed to just be enjoying the sunny afternoon on the electric fence.

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