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Kyle Gordon


Kyle was born and raised in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. His childhood was spent scurrying barefooted along the banks of various rivers and dams, fishing rod ever-in-hand, enjoying the beauty and freedom of outdoors. Kyle obtained a degree in construction from UCT ...

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Web spiders are a favourite subject for photography, I took one myself like the first in the list. All spiders are so necessary and incredibly diverse. I hope they will be helped to thrive as well as other invertebrates and pollinators, they are becoming increasingly rare….

A great blog, thanks Kyle.

thank you for sharing this!

Kyle, thanks for your look at the arachnophobes of Londolozi. They are a necessary and very adaptable species. Not sure that I have a favorite but their webs are fascinating to observe.

I asked for a bug blog and Woohoo, I got one! Thanks so much. When I’m swatting flies in my house (I don’t use pesticides at all) I try stun them rather than kill them. I then take them outside and gently put them on a web outside. So long as there are one or 2 legs still moving, the spider gets a good meal.

Scrolling ever so slowly to avoid surprises, I appreciate the not-so-scary pics! I am one of those spider haters, BUT I do appreciate them and will always relocate (unless too big then the house must be burned down…one reason I could never live in Australia)! I DO love the little jumping spiders however, for the same reason as you…too cute!

Well, you convinced me to admire them but I’m still not enthused about being close to them or having one over to dinner! A ranger (not Londolozi) once tried to put a golden orb on my arm and I’ve had PTSD ever since!

Kyle, I am one of those arachnophobes people. Terrified of spiders and will rather face a snake than a spider. We moved to a nature reserve two years ago, saying the least I had to speak hard to myself for not getting upset and fearful everytime I saw a spider in my house. I even had one climb on my arm at 2:30 in the morning. I off course freaked out and jumped out of bed, to waking my husband up to kill this spider. Terrifying experience I still get

Well Kyle, you’ve taken the somewhat scary world of arachnids and through your words and photos, made them beautiful and fascinating. I’ve always loved and been intrigued by spider webs, marveling at their designs and inherent strength. I do find the Golden Orb spider exciting to spot during the drive, and especially if it’s in there with newly caught prey.

They really are fascinating creatures. I particularly love your photo of the jumping spider – great macro photography.

Love this post about spiders. They are often demonized in captivity as well as the wild, and your post demonstrates their brilliant natural resourcefulness!

We need predators to keep nature in balance and the spiders are no different. I always catch and release any that find their way into our house.

Great blog on spiders, Kyle.
I admire their intricate webs and their way of surviving. But I still wouldn’t like to have any of them – at least not the bigger ones or poisonous ones -in my room or tent.
In the wilderness they are really fascinating.

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