Welcome to my latest offering for creature enthusiasts. Although the subject matter in this episode is not cute and cuddly, we still need to be aware of who we share our land with and be on guard against potential dangers. “Knowledge is power” as my Old Gammer quotes.
I want to take a moment and dedicate this episode to Tinki Thundertoes. A good gentle hobbit and a special friend of mine. Tinki has been feeling poorly recently and I hope this mention brings a little cheer to her day.
There are many amazing creatures to discover in The Shire. I wish to welcome you to the first of a two-part special. In this episode of Lilikate’s Creatures we delve into the lives and habits of spiders!
We begin our investigation in this grove where spiders have settled in recent times. The Bindbole Weaver is smaller than the Spinner. The Weaver patrols the locality and hunts beyond the grove into the woods. They take mostly small prey but will attack larger animals and or unwary Hobbits.
These tan coloured spiders are called Bindbole Spinners. They will attack any intruders who wander into their territory. They managed to make their webs so large that it stretches the entire entrance to this grove.
Newborn Spider Hatchlings
Now we find a reason for all the webbing just behind us, the spiders have made a nursery for these little hatchlings. Here they are kept safe from predators.
A Walking Tree!
The little spider hatchlings have taken a liking to this old tree here….hmm how odd. It seems that this tree is less than fond of these spiders. Let me see if shooing a few away will help! Oh my goodness! It seems to be walking! I thought Hal Gamgee was pulling my leg when he said he saw a walking tree!
Scary has been a quarry for longer than any Hobbit can remember. However in recent times spiders have appeared here too! Local Hobbits have been calling for help to rid them of this problem. Lets take a look at the creatures and see what kind of spiders we have here.
Biters seem to be one of two types of spider living here. Cooperating with each other but not actually related. These biters are grey with a rust coloured stripe and feet. They bite and have a nasty sting too.
These tan-silvery coloured Weavers resemble the Bindbole Spinner, they are larger than the Biters and seem more agile. I would assume that these spiders can also give a terrible nip, look at those fangs.
The Queen is much bigger than the other spiders and she has spikes along the length of her body. The other spiders will all rush to her defence if she is in any danger. Heros be aware! Her fangs are quite large as well as being full of nasty venom.
Thank you for joining me today on my adventures, part two of my spider tale will come soon. Next time we celebrate Spring!