Group Title: Olasee Davis articles
Title: Spiders important in the environment (October 31, 1991)
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Title: Spiders important in the environment (October 31, 1991)
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Language: English
Creator: Davis, Olasee
Publication Date: October 31, 1991
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Spiders important in the environment


Sp el to e AVS
Bdi iblh, stebook orft rhuasuma.
Mas lint there m tour SIsd trhste
mionm the plimo. but theymeamoed
I wM a IMun imbc In their Mae.
Tre Mtt.adM.ouMaftnd wpidesc
Sre wirsa eratue. Proverb 30920
M Ithe ap er Uteth hold with her
mands and uis n k i palcea "
Whbe God created the eawt. cvry
thl m In harmoay with the nviron.
meIt until man ame nto the picture.
We ad know the blebai l stay of the
atmon of the world. At that Ume. the
ecosystem waInblance. or evty prey
twere asa preda to keep he animal
kingdom tn balance.
Yera o., the Vtn Islands had pol
maous nakes. St. Croand the rest of
the V a iltands culvutad aurecnne
a the major crop.
RaS and snakea became a problem
because nua deuoyd the suga a
op while samkenb es were deadly to
people. So monpoae werm I tmroduced


tlao the Vw n nsda to kmam andr
In this mae. the mong e we the
predom the anras and the make
Uonolh among o thebusmongeooektlled
the akea. but not tee rns. Why not?
Nature hua a balancing ystem that
keep everything m cheek of each other.
The monooac hunts during the day.
where the rat bunt at night. So ratn
emuain ra problem,
In our society. cobwebs in our house
are conquered sgns of soppy houae
keepigand usua tbwl uumed up prtuy
out tpid"n actually st v ry useful
cretuesa. not making any fus. just qut.
ety going about heir business o kllng
Insects.
Howauch bertlr o haves bouae fuUlo
sluera than dies. mosquatoes. wasp or
whMa have you.
Well. human nature being what t is.
Splders In the houe wl continue o end
up in the vacuum cleaner.
Outside in the gden and field how,


No one an ll (be tmapfs ed by th
tengb ad beumy of coaweb-.br
ucubiy when cowaRd wbt dew and
shining I te morning nm. 'Cobweb.
by Ohe wey. dert ftom *Coppe- he
Old englh word for spider. Thus.
'coppeweb eventually became eobwb.
When I was in graduate school n
Neoieehe.Thms. a fewycf8 ao. my
daushrter dher mother and twobroth.
e used to vrit me. Bcuse I w an
Cgricuklumtuden. theiukdren usd to
vatl my moaemc plot,.
We cqjoyd wtebing a yellow garden
spider and ts large web hung between
tomato plmnt. To us. the web always
aecmed parfct so w did not know f Uhe
spider ever augtl anything or remade
the web ewy nt9.L
In a recent repon In Amaerman Hrtl
euturist magule SugLgac Ildem am
extremely usefa l in our gardens. much
mo0 h an we Ihlnk.
Susan Reiehen. a profesar Iat the
Unversty of Tenneme. found that In.
eet damage to her veuble plots de.


amedeOOdOpeMM whe pdaenwere
pn-mt.
ProMaor l am aBm baund spiden
bilm UI dIUmat diemw erehudlom
-do pcts. Thio is a IOd Iaplc
where prdaato nd preybaacn thioga
in the natul environment.
Profeor Rechan further stated that
most of the aplder n our gudens will
neverbe noticed mad nonewe polnoous.
Thus aSrden spile provide excellent
prv ctauve control o barmrul Inaect.
keeping their numbers down to an *e.
ceplable level.
However. spider will ay our Sr.
dens onlylftheenvionmental eondlons
sun then.
So when the spider ended up in the
KCIns pbes theywere probably teiln
the king not to use nsecticide beau
they were put there by nature to control

Olmse ODavis local enviroumuentalt.
It* opinion does not necsmua reflect
tht orhi employer. the Untvesnyorthe
VUin bindsCoopenit"BdenmonSer.
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