Meet Charlotte
Charlotte A. Cavatica
"Araneus cavaticus"

From the text of "Charlotte's Web" we found these references to describe Charlotte:

"Stretched across the upper part of the doorway was a big spiderweb, and hanging from the top of the web, head down, was a large grey spider. She was about the size of a gumdrop. She had eight legs, ...I'm not as flashy as some,...but I'm near-sighted'"  p. 36-37

"First I dive at him. Next I wrap him up. Now I knock him out, so he'll be more comfortable.... flies, bugs, grasshoppers, choice beetles, moths, butterflies, tasty cockroaches, gnats, midgets, daddy long legs, centipedes, mosquitoes, crickets - anything that is careless enough to get caught in my web."  p. 37-39

"...I happen to be a trapper...All our family have been trappers." p. 39

"I always give them a little anaesthetic so they won't feel pain. It's a little service I throw in." p. 48

"She catches flies and sucks their blood." p. 53

a web gets torn every day by the insects that kick around in it and a spider must rebuild it when it gets full of holes. Charlotte liked to do her weaving during the late afternoon. p. 55

"My legs are hairy for a good reason, ...Furthermore, each leg of mine has seven sections-the coxa, the trochanter, the femur, the patella, the tibia, the metatarsus, and the tarsus." p. 55

"I'm a sedentary spider. ... " p.60

"Charlotte was naturally patient." p. 66

her web had "orb lines" p. 92

"five hundred and fourteen children...won't show up until next spring." p. 146




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