OK, who's been letting the spiders drink the Christmas Ale?
UPDATED with Bonus artistic spidra from Ursula LeGuin.
Also, bonus Cyclosa spider -- a clever little species that creates a copy of itself, but five times larger, out of "of tiny bits of leaf, debris, and dead insects" stuck to the Web. It is an inspiration to bloggers.
Yes, the artistic possibilities are endless if only our Cyclosa specimens can be convinced to branch out from self-portraiture; but Christmas Ale is not the way to go. Right now we have a laboratory full of spiders flat on their backs, waving their legs erratically and singing songs about goblins.