For anyone who hates creepy crawlers, turn away now. However, if you see spiders for the fascinating little creatures that they are, you may want to read this. That also goes for fans of some of the best fantasy literature in history. Since I’m the one my family calls when there is a spider in the house that needs to be put outside, I now feel like my task is actually bigger than it seems.
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As discussed in CNet’sarticle, there has recently been a discovery by Doctors Antonio Brescovit and Igor Cizauskas along with Leandro Mota from Instituto Butantan in Sao Paolo. Seven new spiders were found deep within the caves of Northern Brazil. They’re of the Neotropical genus Ochyrocera, meaning they’re present mostly in South America in a warmer temperate zone.
What makes them so strange? They don’t have the common features of cave dwelling spiders like a lack of pigment and eyesight due to their acclamation of the dark, dank environment. However, they are pretty small and only have six eyes rather than eight.
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What makes them so special? They were all given names after notable literary spiders! From Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings, these are some damn cool arachnids.
Ochyrocera varys: Named after Lord Varys (a.k.a. The Spider) from George R.R. Martin’s novel A Song of Fire and Ice.
Ochyrocera atlachnacha: This ties directly to Atlach-Nacha, the spider god in H.P. Lovecraft’s horror tales.
Ochyrocera laracna: The spider who attacks Frodo and Sam on their way to Mordor in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers. Known as ‘Shelob’ in English.
Ochyrocera ungoliant: This is Laracna’s mother Ungoliant in The Silmarillion after The Two Towers. Quite fitting since her name translates to ‘Dark Spider’ in lovely Elvish language.
Ochyrocera aragogue: Yes you guessed it; this is from J.K. Rowling’s The Chamber of Secrets honoring Aragog in the Forbidden Forest.
Ochyrocera misspider: David Kirk’s popular and adorable children’s book series Little Miss Spider is the inspiration for this critter.
Ochyrocera charlotte: This one sparks nostalgia with an homage to E.B. White’s famous spider Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web.
As long as these guys aren’t the same size as the characters they’re named after, then it’s all good with me.
Though the farm has been around since the 1700’s, White and his wife Katherine bought the property in 1933. White lived there till his death in 1985, writing both ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and ‘Stuart Little’ during his residence.
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The home is currently selling for $3.7 million, though it remains to be seen if well-read spiders and plucky pigs will be part of the deal.
Spiders aren’t usually a selling point for houses, but that might be a little different for E.B. White’s house which inspired the beloved children’s book “Charlotte’s Web.’The house, which includes the barn where Charlotte and Wilbur supposedly lived, is being offered for $3.7 million by current owners Robert and Mary Gallant.
The 44-acre property is situated in North Brooklin, Maine, with views of Acadia National Park. Some unique features of the house include six working fireplaces, a wood stove, and 19th century stenciling, according to “Yankee Magazine.” The Gallants have also maintained the gardens that White’s wife, Katherine, cared for during her lifetime.
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The house, which the Whites purchased in 1933, is any book lover’s dream. E.B. White’s office and the rope swing that Fern and her brother swung from are major selling points for “Charlotte’s Web”fans. But the biggest highlight of the property is the barn where the White’s housed their animals. The barn inspired the friendship between Wilbur, Charlotte, the elaborate spiderwebs, and everything in between.
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Mary Gallant told “Yankee Magazine”that a teacher used to bring her class to visit the barn. “They sit on hay bales in the barn, and we play the recording of Mr. White reading ‘Charlotte’s Web.’ They swing on the same rope swing that they knew Fern had; they sit on the milking stool where Fern sat,” she says.
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Although there may not be any magnificent spider webs hanging in the barn door, the house is definitely a reminder of a childhood story we all loved.