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(Multi-Photo)*** Warm affection…



Warm affection used for ulterior means is often cold and calculating; beware of false, mechanical reactions, including your own (such as in selfish self-adoration) !


[Some Daddy-Long-Legs – or Harvestmen – eat vegetable matter and mushrooms, but some are carnivorous.  This Havestman  (with dull, dark, leaden eyes) didn’t need to spin a vast, clever web of lies to catch his gullible Fly victim.  Daddy-Long-Legs are harmless to humans, but are bad news for germ-carrying (egotistical) flies.  Havestmen are not true spiders, but they’re close enough for the inclusion of the following poem:

from Mary Howitt (1799-1888):

“Will you step into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly;
“’Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things to show when you are there.”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.”

“I’m sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?” said the spider to the fly.
“There are pretty curtains drawn around, the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I’ll snugly tuck you in.”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “for I’ve often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed.”

Said the cunning spider to the fly, “Dear friend, what shall I do,
To prove the warm affection I’ve always felt for you?
I have within my pantry good store of all that’s nice;
I’m sure you’re very welcome; will you please to take a slice?”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “kind sir, that cannot be;
I’ve heard what’s in your pantry, and I do not wish to see.”

“Sweet creature!” said the spider, “You’re witty and you’re wise!
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I have a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf,
If you’ll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself.”
“I thank you, gentle sir,” she said, “for what you’re pleased to say,
And bidding you good-morning now, I’ll call another day.”

The spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly fly would soon be back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready to dine upon the fly.
Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing
“Come hither, hither, pretty fly, with the pearl and silver wing:
Your robes are green and purple; there’s a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead.”

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little fly,
Hearing his wily flattering words, came slowly flitting by.
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue;
Thinking only of her crested head — poor foolish thing! At last,
Up jumped the cunning spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlor; but she ne’er came out again!

And now, dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne’er give heed;
Unto an evil counselor close heart, and ear, and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale of the Spider and the Fly.   ]

Gullible Fly! (1) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Gullible Fly! (1) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Gullible Fly! (2)  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Gullible Fly! (2) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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    • Yes, Cynthia… it’s a splendid story-poem with some great meaning/education! If you deeply enjoy such things, may a suggest a great book (for children and adults) that has deep meaning within; the book is entitled “Hope for the Flowers.” It is more than excellent! 🙂


  1. Thanks! I have another photo of a Harvestman that I’ll post soon that has info that will explain the difference. Harvestmen are not spiders at all. All the species of Harvestmen have one main body segment. All spiders have two main body segments. Though they look like spiders – and have eight legs like spiders – they are not spiders. Many people consider them as being spiders, though, so in a way, they are… but not according to science. (When i say “eight legs”… don’t count the legs of the Harvestman in my photo with the fly; he only has seven legs! He must have lost one… perhaps to a predator, or maybe it got stuck and was torn off or something; either way, he is doing fine. He sure isn’t handicapped enough to hinder his excellent hunting abilities.) We all have handicaps!


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