Friday, November 26, 2004

The Spider Hunter

In honor of The Ranger, who is currently in a daily fight for his life against what is undoubtedly the entire arachnid population of the southwest, I quote this post from Patterico:
If you have a backyard and a flashlight, and it's dark, go do this right now.

Hold the flashlight right next to your eyes and shine the beam in front of you as you walk around the yard. If you see a tiny reflecting dot, like a dewdrop, walk towards it with the light shined on it. It is the reflection of a spider's eyes, and you can walk right up to the spider.

You can find spiders from 30 feet away with this technique. I did it tonight and found spiders all over the yard.
But then again, maybe it's better not to know how many spiders are out there...