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A Creature Feature
At Baker wetlands today I found this wonderful fishing spider. These guys hunt for other critters walking on the surface of the water, much like water striders or "Jesus bugs" do.
Now to me this creature is beautiful and wonderful and yet many people I know just don't see it that way; in fact there is some evidence that fear of things such as spiders and snakes may be innate in humans. Of course this is reflected in how we portray spiders, insects and in fact arthropods in general. For example last week my wife and I watched part of a horrible grade B movie called Princesss of Mars. The good guys-even the alien good guys clearly were vertebrate type critters. But of course bad guy spider like critters put in several appearances.
Now sometimes the arthropoid critters are the good guys-and I am thinking of District 9 where the arthropoid aliens, appropriately called "prawns" are meant to provide the audience with away to examine our own human failings.
Speaking of movies that make us examine ourselves, I highly recommend Splice. I had seen the trailiers on TV but had pretty much dismissed the movies as yet another science gone awry horror flick. However my son urged us to give it a look and I was pleasantly surprised. And there were no arthropoid monsters. Only human ones.