31st October 1832

Buenos Ayres
A beautiful day: but the wind has been steadily against us. In the evening all the ropes were coated & fringed with Gossamer web. I caught some of the Aeronaut spiders, which must have come at least 60 miles: How inexplicable is the cause which induces these small insects, as it now appears in both hemispheres, to undertake their aerial excursions.

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