On Perseverance

Lessons from spiders

Bronwen Scott
5 min readFeb 29, 2024

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The spider in my carport was not having a good time. When I first spotted it — a Garden Orb Weaver (Hortophora sp, Araneidae) tucked away in the eaves — I thought it was a bat. That dark furry body all cwtched up in the corner, with two pairs of legs pointed forward, looking like folded wings… An easy mistake to make because it was a big spider.

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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com