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microphone (1)Rupert Harris and Alexandra Meadors, October 14, 2014 – Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Part 1

Alexandra: Hello, hello everyone. This is Alexandra Meadors of Galactic Connection.com and I am speaking to you LIVE from South Africa. Today is October 14, 2014 and as you all know I have come out here to perform some very important tasks. One of them being on some spiritual missions that I am going on. And I continue to be called to go into certain areas – we’ve gone out to Zimbabwe and we will be doing more work in South Africa and our next stop is Botswana.

In the meantime, through this journey I have come across some fascinating people. And one of them that I decided bring on as my guest today because I feel that what he has to share is something that is so near and dear to our hearts, and that is being able to create that magic, that connection, between humanity and the nature and animal kingdom. He has probably one of the most kickassed jobs you could ever imagine. He’s going to talk to you a little bit about his desires to bring forth that spiritual connection with this wonderland in South Africa and be able to open our eyes to some of the amazing things and opportunities that are here on this continent. So with that said I’m going to go ahead and introduce you to Rupert Harris. Rupert Harris has a business called Amberveld Tours. And he is an amazing guy. The first time that I met him I knew that we were old souls and old friends. Right, Rupert?

Rupert: Yes, thank you. That was amazing.

Alexandra: Yeah. It’s just been just incredible ever since I met you. Just the amount of the information that you carry and the wisdom that you carry about the nature kingdom. I think this could just be something that all of us really desire when we are in that 8 to 5, you know, the 10 hour day grind and you don’t have that ability to really, really connect with the consciousness of nature. So I think what I’d like to do is to just start out with, can you give a little bit of introduction, because frankly, folks, it’s an on-the-fly interview today and a lot of technical problems, again. So Rupert, can you give us a little bit of background on where you come from, how long you have been here. I know that you are a native South African, correct?   

Rupert: Yes, that is correct. Well, my mother is Afrikaans and my father is second-generation British. I was born right here in Johannesburg and we moved when I was a small baby to a town called Middleburg where my father was a principal of a primary school. I guess that I grew up with my father’s interest in nature and specifically, bugs. And various kinds of interests, including birding. And somehow, this just manifested in me. And my father died when I was quite young but I maintained this ability, or this interest, into my life. And it just became a passion and specifically, spiders, but of course, other bugs as well. And just my love for getting out of the bush on a regular basis, or should I say, nature, where I would on a regular basis, be hiking on the weekends. And just the sense of being out there which became, you could almost say, an absolute passion, basically, a passion for wanting to do this over and over again. Which then developed eventually, rather late in the ’90s into an interest in tour guiding.

So I actually pursued a tour guiding career, by doing a tour guiding course, and it just developed from there. So since about 1998, I’ve been a tour guide in mainly this Province which is the Limpopo Province, the most northerly province of South Africa and the adjacent provinces namely, Mpumalanga and Gauteng. And my whole intention is to bring about a balance between having people experience the iconic destinations of what South Africa has to offer with something different namely, you know, getting back into nature and having authentic natural or nature experiences.  

Alexandra: That’s fantastic. Now you brought up the fact that you were introduced to the wonder world of bugs and spiders in particular, now is that arachnology?

Rupert: Yes, that is correct, yes. Well, collectively, the eight-leggeds in the bug world are collectively known as the arachnids. There are different arachnids, you know, there are scorpions, there’s ticks, there’s mites, they are all arachnids. But spiders is one are my main interests.

Alexandra: So why the spiders?

Rupert: Well, it actually started with my father, if you believe it or not, who had a pet button spider which is the equivalent of your black widow. And it was just interesting to watch this thing catch insects that he used to put into the bottle for it. And I guess just from there, the fascination has just developed into an understanding of the long-term interest in spiders. And the main thing about spiders is that it is a bottomless pit. I mean, if you compare the variations and the species diversification of spiders in South Africa to, for example, the mammal variety, it’s just like night and day. It’s chalk and cheese basically. So you get mesmerized for the rest of your life.

Alexandra: I was going to say that there’s probably hundreds of thousands, there’s got to be countless –

Rupert: Absolutely. And you know, the other thing also about spiders is, they are very under-studied. So there’s this great need for research regarding them and not that spiders – spiders are just part of the bigger picture, the nature picture, but it’s just that once you get into it, it’s just incredible – there’s this massive amount of information, mesmerizing information, that is available that is, in many respects, far, far more interesting than, for example, the African Big Five.  I’m not running down the Big Five at all, I’m just saying that it’s that incredible reservoir of mesmerizing information that is available out there.

Alexandra: It’s almost like as if you’re learning from their characteristics what makes the Universe tick.

Rupert: Yes! Yes! Absolutely. And also just the mechanisms that keeps the whole process going. Well, of course, they are all predators, you know, but they serve a really important role in keeping the insect population down. And in fact, the insect population as such I think, is tuned into the predation rates of spiders amongst other –  

Alexandra: Wow! I shouldn’t be surprised of that, because of the brilliance of the nature kingdom. Because it is automatically trying to maintain some sort of balance. And that’s one of the questions that I was going to ask you. (Yes) When you started this back in 1998 have you seen a radical change in the way in which maybe spiders and insects are operating?

Rupert: Not as such, in context with changes on Earth as such. But certainly understanding how important they are in controlling insects, I would say, yes; that realization process, that awareness I would say at that level, yes, but not any specific changes pertaining to weather change or climate change or any of that, no.

Alexandra: Yeah. Let me clarify too, I was thinking more in terms of all the toxicity, the chemtrails, that sort of thing. How is that actually affecting the insect population? If you haven’t seen any radical change, I just was curious. I know that they are really hardy.

Rupert: Yes, they certainly are. You know you can’t compare really. I would say certain insects are most certainly – insects that are very endemic to certain parts of South Africa. I’m sure that in the States and other parts of the world, yes, they are certainly affected. But not nearly at the level as, for example, frogs. Frogs seem seem to be on the decline from toxicity and also, diseases, very weird fungal diseases that seem to be spreading through or parts of the world at the moment.

Alexandra: And it’s fungal, which is interesting isn’t it, that goes back to cancer, you know.

Rupert: Yes, absolutely. I would say spiders are – they seem to be very hardy and it’s also the way that they reproduce – they can actually fly. They use a system called ballooning and they have this amazing ability to colonize with a minimum use of energy from the moment that they actually emerge from the egg sacs they can actually balloon themselves into the stratosphere and they can reach parts of the globe which is done with a minimum of effort. Pretty much like plankton, which float on the top of oceans. Spiders have the same ability. So I think that also counteracts the fact that they are in the decline. But I am speaking under correction, of course, I haven’t done any official studies of it or anything.

Alexandra: Right, right. So what is the most unique spider that you’ve actually encountered or – do you capture them?

Rupert: Yes, what I do is when I come across something really interesting, I would capture it and I would take photographs and I would post it to, believe it or not, a lady who is the top arachnologist in Africa, based in Pretoria in Gauteng Province. She would then identify it and then give me feedback and I would learn out of that process. So I don’t really have an extensive collection of spiders. What I also do is, if I come across spiders that I know I usually leave them alone. Obviously, I don’t want to disturb their processes. So it’s only when I see a spider that I’m not sure of, that seems like a new species, then I would probably, yeah, I would send it to her.

In terms of the most unique spider that I’ve come across, well, I don’t know if anybody knows about the Bolas Spinners. It’s an incredible spider. It’s related to the orb-web family of spiders. What it does is – it spins a very basic little single strand of web and then it emits a pheromone which attracts male moths. Then it spins a web with a globule of glue on the end of it and it actually bolas spins this as the moth approaches smelling this female mimicking hormone and it throws the bola at the moth. Which of course catches to the moth and reels it in and grabs it. So it is the most amazing spider that you can imagine.

Alexandra: Have you actually seen that?

Rupert: I have seen one. I’ve only seen it but they’re very, very rare. I’ve seen one at this arachnologist lady’s place in Pretoria, her lab. But I’ve been on the lookout for one throughout South Africa itself, I haven’t seen one but I believe one was captured about 60 kilometers from Polokwane, my home town. So they are around by they are very, very rare and they’re very elusive. Because they like to keep well-camouflaged.

Alexandra: That is so interesting. Now what would you say, Rupert, to those of us that kind of get creeped out of spiders. What would you say to the person that says what are you doing that for? What would you say to that, except for the fact that it is a passion of yours?

Rupert: I already believe that the movies – pretty much like snakes – I believe the movies have stigmatized spiders so people are mind-programmed into believing that all spiders are bad and are out to get us. And that’s absolutely not the truth. But of course there are some spiders, I think in every country, more so in some countries than others, where the spiders have some medical significance and you just have to be cautious of them and be basically vigilant.  Your brown recluse spider and I think your black widow might be similar. We’ve got a couple of them here as well that have a bad rep. And they in fact are known to cause serious problems. And there have been some deaths. But when you look at the ratio of deaths from spider bites it’s really, really minimal.

And you’ll notice that most spiders just want to get away from you. So they clearly have no intention or bad intention toward humans. I think if you just take it from that angle and stop coming to the realization that spiders – in fact there’s a figure that I read – I think it was about ten years ago where they said that the number of insects that spiders eat – I think it was ten years ago – I think the population was around six and a half billion. They say the amount of insects that spiders eat on an annual basis equals to the world human weight population. The weight of the human population. So just think of the benefit of that versus the fear factor of how many people have actually died by spider bites or whatever.

Alexandra: But they are such an essential part of maintaining and cleaning up the enviroment and keeping things in a balance.

Rupert: Absolutely. I really think that they are of the most beneficial organisms on Earth. And also based on how many individual spiders there actually are, without people even realizing it. I also saw a figure once where in just a normal savanna bush, for example, like where you have a bit of grassland and you have a little bit of trees, per square meter there would be something incredible like 3 or 4 thousand individual specimens. This would be in summer, of course, usually a lot of the spiders are seasonal. Just in a specific area. So it is just this amazing – how can I say – this amazing invisible assistance that is everywhere. And people should start coming to the realization of that and actually respect it, I would say.  

Alexandra: Well, good for you for stepping forth, because you know what? It is a part of nature and it isn’t just about helping as you say, the Big Five, and all the larger animals and the domestic animals, it is all about Mother’s Earth’s creation, period. So that’s another reason that I really wanted you to talk about it because most of are so creeped out about spiders and snakes and things like that. Well, some of us are. But I would pose that how many spider bite fatalities are there as compared to car fatalities?

Rupert: Oh, absolutely. There’s almost no comparison. I mean, I recall David Icke saying that more than 100 million people died in wars in the 20th century alone – which is just this unbelievable figure.

Alexandra: I was going to ask you too, I never really studied spiders. I was curious, what do they typically eat?

Rupert: Well, any form of – the majority of them – I would say 98% of spiders consume insects. But of course, bigger spiders or specialized feeders, would be consuming crab-like crustaceans, possibly on the beach. You get some spiders specialized in tidal pools, for example, that would be living on sand fleas. You get very large spiders that would be attacking vertebrates. I know that, for example, your spiders in the Amazon would basically, overpower any animal that they can, including snakes, believe it or not. But that’s usually, as I said, that would be your more specialist feeders or are the really large spiders that have just filled a specific ecological niche and are tapping into that food source. But the majority of them, 98% I would say, certainly insects.  

Alexandra: Well, doesn’t the story go that in order for it to be classified as an official spider, it has to have eight legs.

Rupert: That’s, correct.

Alexandra: Okay. That is versus what?

Rupert:  If you look at insects they have a head, thorax and abdomen.  They have antennae, they have six legs and many insects have got a larval stage which means they go through egg, worm like larvae, pupae and then adult stage.  Whilst spiders just have basically an egg stage, spiderling stage, which is a sort of underdeveloped in an egg sac, and then a juvenile spider growing up to becoming a big spider, an adult.

Alexandra:  Wow.  And now do they sleep?

Rupert:  No, not to my knowledge. I think all spiders, all invertebrates I would say, have a much slower metabolism than mammals and birds. And I don’t know the ins and outs of it but to my knowledge they can be very still and actually conserve energy.  And I think it’s got a lot to do with their brain capacity that determines whether they would need sleep or not.  So most invertebrates, of course except maybe Octopuses which have apparently the largest, greatest intelligence of any invertebrates, to my knowledge don’t require the same sleep patterns as mammals would.

Alexandra:  And you just mentioned that spiders actually have a brain?

Rupert:  Yes, they most certainly have.  In fact, on that note, I once read a very interesting article in the “National Geographic” about a spider which is “Araneae Fagus” what that means is that it actually only specializes in eating other spiders. And this happens to be a genus of the Jumping Spiders, those little short, stocky little spiders with the very large eyes in front you often see photographs of them.  They make very good photos. According to this article that spider has developed real intelligence in capturing its prey. What it normally does, it enters the web of a prey spider and it mimics the vibratory entrance codes that the male will give on the web to ensure that the female doesn’t actually consume him as prey.  And this spider actually has, believe it or not, a repertoire of about 5 or 6 different species of potential prey spiders.  So it knows exactly what vibratory movement to make entering a specific spider, a potential prey web.  

And the incredible thing is that when this doesn’t work it then abandons this strategy completely and then would actually approach the prey from a completely different angle, usually using a web and actually coming down and sneaking up to it.  And it will spend hours trying to catch its prey and it will eventually get its prey and it will block most of the moves this prey actually makes in a way that is just hard to believe.  If you look at that whole process you’ll see that out of that is most certainly not instinct, there is certainly intelligence involved. And for that you obviously need a brain, without a doubt.  And of course anatomically, if you look at this cross section of spiders, there most certainly is a brain.

Alexandra:  So, anatomically, do they have a basic heart chamber, do they have a nervous system of any sort?

Rupert:  Yes, yes. They’ve got a simpler nervous system, but they most certainly have got a brain and they’ve got this central nervous system that’s right in the “Cephalothorax”, i.e. the front part – as I mentioned earlier spiders have two parts to them.  There is the front part where the legs are attached to and then the abdomen, and that’s just known as the “Cephalothorax”, which basically is the Latin for head and thorax together.  The top part closer to just below the eyes, that’s where you find the brain and then there is the central nervous system.

Alexandra:  When you listen to someone like yourself this well-versed on a little spider that most of us don’t even know it exists, I loved it when you said the invisible assistance; how can you not believe that there is some sort of greater power out there?  It’s creating such amazing creatures on the planet and without them we would not be in a good place today.

Rupert:  Oh, no, without a doubt.  I think it’s a combination of this greater power, possibly with a plan, with an agenda, but there is also in that leeway for an evolutionary process.  So I think it’s actually a combination of the two.  If you look at specialization and if you look at how spiders have evolved for specialization – just using spiders as an example – of course all creatures for that matter, you look at how they evolved a specific specialization in their morphology, without a doubt there must have been some degree of evolutionary development to match a certain situation.  Because it’s all about ecological niches and it’s about food sources, I would say.  But of course survival in general.  

But how do you get to your food source?  And a giraffe is a very classic example. Look at the size of a giraffe’s neck, look at its incredible tongue; look at how it can actually manipulate tiny leaves on an Acacia tree that’s got these vicious thorns.  Just the whole design of a Giraffe, you can see that this Giraffe wasn’t just placed there, it must have gone through some kind of a process to have been able to reach to that type of food which the other animals couldn’t reach or can’t so effectively reach.  I think the same process with spiders and I think with everything for that matter.

Alexandra:  Ya, you are bringing up a good point, too.  I remember taking the Herbology Nature course and we walked through this park – for lack of better words – and we were able to find various plants and even a few insects and she was showing us where there is a plant that might cause a rash or stinging sort of feeling, within so many feet there was another plant that provided the antidote to that; that provided the relief or the cure for that particular effect on the body.  And the same applies to nature because if you look at a giraffe, who else in a mammal, from a mammal’s perspective is going to feed off the tops of the trees.

Rupert: Absolutely.  

Alexandra:  Nature doesn’t waste anything.

Rupert:  No, no, absolutely.  If you look at the food web or the food chain which is essentially a food web because it’s not just like a chain link thing, it’s more like a web, it’s actually beauty out of harshness. It’s basically a vicious world out there but somehow out of that is this harmony and it’s almost like there is this underlying intent in it and maybe that’s where the whole creator aspect comes into it.  So it’s just about your understanding of the intent and the harmony that comes out of it.  

Alexandra:  Ya, and to being able to apply that to your own life. Now getting back to the spider, do they travel, do they kind of set up a territory and they travel from that territory? I’m just curious.  

Rupert:  In certain spiders, especially the Jumping Spiders there is actually some territorial display.  But generally speaking spiders, your Wandering Spiders can actually travel large distances.  And they would gravitate to where there would be more of an abundance of food.  For example, you’ll find certain Wolf Spiders, certain Sack Spiders, certain Ahmet Ground Spiders – I’m referring now to South African spiders – which you would find in leaf litter in the forest where there is an abundance of insect larvae, crustaceans, isopods, all kinds of things hanging up.  The spider would then…you would find a greater concentration of spiders there simply because there is a greater concentration of food.  So I think it really depends entirely on availability of food.  And I do think that a lot of spiders can in fact migrate to greener pastures as such to define the food.  So I think it’s really mainly about the food factor and then, of course, the reproduction where there would be the availability of females.  Male spiders would be wandering in search of the scent of the female because that’s primarily their reproductive tribe force.

Alexandra:  Really, they use like a scent?

Rupert:  Absolutely.  Spider are very, very …their whole system is actually designed, or shall I say evolved, around pheromones, airborne pheromones.  But then again so are a lot of other animals, a lot of insects, and a lot of different creatures in fact.  

Alexandra:  It’s just that we would never think of spiders to operate off that.

Rupert: Absolutely.  One thing that I can say, the majority of spiders don’t have 3-dimensional vision except for your Jumping Spiders.  So they obviously certainly won’t rely on sight to look for a mate.  And they also won’t rely on hearing or that kind of thing.  So it’s definitely scent related, without any doubt, so they obviously gravitate to an area where there is an abundance of females for example, because it’s usually the male, only the male that would try and actually pursue the female, not vice versa.  

Alexandra:  Now, I’ve heard somewhere that insects – I remember reading this when there was a survival manual floating around – it said that insects actually have a very large percentage of water and is that where the spiders actually are able to access their own water supply?

Rupert:  Yes.  In times of abundance spiders don’t drink, so they would consume or they would obtain all the moisture from their prey.  But I have actually witnessed spiders in laboratories and I actually have kept spiders that would also drink from available water that gets given to them.  So it works both ways, it just depends on the circumstances.  But spiders also don’t sweat and they don’t need nearly as much moisture as what mammals do that have to cool themselves the whole time, specifically horses as an example that sweat quite profusely. So, yes, it depends entirely on the circumstances that determines what the needs of the spiders are.

Alexandra:  Now, you also mentioned the spider that actually ballooned itself into the air?

Rupert: A spider web relative to its aperture, its thickness, is incredibly strong and incredibly elastic.  There have been some people, some scientists that have made comparisons with a web being, in other words, silk being stronger than steel for its weight and its thickness and, of course, being very elastic.  So what happens is that these little spiderlings actually get to a high point once they come out of the egg case or once they have actually matured enough out of the egg case and are ready to move off, they would climb to a high point and they would let off a number of silk strands from their spiroids that would be almost invisible to us and being so strong they would then release about half a meter silk strand or 3 or 4 silk strands simultaneously, the abdomen up in the air, and a bit of wind would catch this and then the spider would just release itself and it actually would become like a parachute and it would actually fly up.  

And here is the other amazing thing.  A lot of spiders have anti-freeze properties in their blood, so when they get to these extremely high heights they would actually go into an almost suspended state of animation.  And that is an incredible adaptation for them to actually survive.  It’s quite something.

Alexandra:  To think what we can learn by studying that.  I just knew when I spoke to you that I would just be fascinated if I interviewed you.

Rupert:  I must tell you what I read the other day, it’s actually a bit scary but it’s kind of… you know we always talks about GM foods, we talk about all kinds of different genes being infused into our food and what, what, what… but what I read once is that they now have taken spider genes and they have infused it into goats, I think it’s the embryo of a goat. And what this goat does it actually produces milk and the milk actually contains the spider silk protein which gets isolated and out of that they make a fabric.  And apparently this fabric has the most incredible properties. I haven’t seen this fabric, it’s just something that I’ve heard and I actually need to try and get some more details on this. Spider silk is supposed to have the most incredible properties of any organic substance in terms of strength and in terms of flexibility, in terms of elasticity and that’s why they obtain it apparently.

Alexandra: I was gonna say that but I think it even goes back to thousands of years ago in the Asian culture where they actually kept the spiders… the other thing is, I’m just so curious, most spiders are very solitary and I was wondering do they act at times depending on their species, do they act say, like a common ant?

Rupert: Well, that is really fascinating.  If you go to Kruger National Park …

Alexandra:  Which I did.  And I loved it.

Rupert:  It’s an amazing place. There is one species of spider, the generic name is “Stegodyphus”, they are community spiders and unlike most spiders which are actually in most cases opportunistic cannibals, these actually live together as a colony.  They don’t actually have a Queen, so it’s not really truly a social structure where you have an alpha male and an alpha female breeding as in bees or termites – by the way termites are not ants at all but I’ll get back to that a little later – but these spiders actually would just live together and there would be anything up to 300 individuals in a large nest.  They collectively spin a web and they collectively capture prey to the benefit of everyone.  So I would say those are the only true social spiders that collaborate together.  

The rest would be semi-social, you get some species – we’ve got a very large Golden Orb Web Spider that usually occurs in April, our autumn period – they get very large, large enough even on occasion to catch a small bird in a web.  That’s very seldom, it’s mainly insects.  They would collaborate, they wouldn’t actually be social but they would build a web one on top of each other.  I think that’s also an evolutionary trait where most likely it pushes everybody’s chances up of getting prey.  Because if an insect flies in, there is a chance that it will fall into somebody’s web.  So I think that’s purely just an evolutionary trait.  For the rest I would say – from my experience – spiders are very opportunistically cannibalistic.

It’s pretty much like a leopard.  An African leopard would eat anything that it can overpower, whether it’s a predator, whether it’s ….except another leopard, of course.  So they are not really cannibalistic but they will try and overcome, overpower anything that they can, predator or herbivore, it doesn’t really matter.  The same could be said for spiders.  Because it’s just basically a food source.

Alexandra:  Wow.  And you would never think that a spider would act actually on a communal level where it’s sharing its prey, you know, its catch.

Rupert: Yes, it’s a very unique spider. As I said in terms of the efficiency of having an alpha-male and female where the others are basically workers, where the others assist the alpha male and female to be successful as a breeder and also for genetic selection purposes.  That system doesn’t exist there but certainly in terms of prey capture without a doubt.  And probably also safety in numbers if you can build a very large collective nest because there are a lot of predators of spiders as well, what a lot of people don’t realize.  Spiders, in fact, are a food source for a huge amount of birds, wasps, parasitic wasps, wasps that sting spiders and paralyze them but don’t kill them, laid eggs on them, the larva comes out gradually internally consumes the spider, very horrific. I don’t know whether anybody has seen the movie “Alien”?  That is a good example of the movie “Alien”.  I think that’s where the idea came from, from the insect parasitism. So spiders themselves have got lots of enemies. I would say, in terms of community spiders, that’s probably one of the other benefits that they have safety in numbers.  Pretty much like sardines.

Alexandra:  So is it true that their color represents their danger? You know, like the reds or yellows?

Rupert:  Well, not so much in spiders.  Because spiders generally speaking use their venom to overcome their prey and depending on the way that they catch their prey.  But you are referring to supposes semantic coloration where an animal would be poisonous for whatever reason. Say for example an arrow poisoned frog from the Amazon would have these glands and his skin and it’s deadly, deadly poisonous.  And you have a beetle in South Africa, just to give you an example, called Blister Beetle and likewise, if you pop that beetle into your mouth, the chances are that you are going to die.  And the one is a beetle and the other is a frog, which is amazing – they call it convergent evolution.  It’s like tapping into this particular formula where a frog and a beetle are not related whatsoever.  And yet they employ the same system as the semantic coloration.  

Well, that does not exist in spiders to my knowledge, it’s more about that the spiders happens to have, by pure coincidence, that ability to overcome its prey.  Like in the Black Widow, as in our South African button Spider which is the equivalent of the Black Widow where it just uses neurotoxic venom to immobilize its prey quickly after wrapping its prey in silk, and usually the jaws are very, very small, there is no other particular significance to it, they are both very shy spiders, it’s only when you press your body against the spider that it’s actually going to retaliate and bite you.  So I would say it’s got primarily to do with just the spiders’ particular hunting habits or snaring habits that determines how powerful the venom actually is.  

Alexandra: Now are there any spiders in Africa that are just deadly, you know, if you get a spider bite?

Rupert: I do spider talks for different people, I’ve got a Power Point presentation.  That is the most common question I get, what spiders are venomous, what spiders are not?  We have, I would say, three or four spiders here in South Africa which you could say are venomous, medically important spiders, but I wouldn’t say that any of them are so deadly that you are on the level of a Diamondback Rattle Snake or an African Mamba where the spider bites get you in that kind of trouble. You’ve got time on your hands and their deaths generally speaking are very rare from spider bites.  Usually the people that die from it are usually elderly people or children that are very young or somebody that has some kind of a medical condition, e.g. pretty bad diabetes, circulation/heart trouble, that kind of thing.

Alexandra:  Or they overwhelmed the immune system to the point where the body just can’t fight off the infection or the toxin.

Rupert:  Well, that’s usually what happens. We have got a spider called the Violent Spider which is the closest relative to your Brown Recluse, which has a very nasty venom.  There is an enzyme in it that just continues basically dissolving the flesh.  I don’t think it’s as bad as your Brown Recluse for example but certainly very significant in terms of the time it takes for you to overcome the wound and the fact that most people or a lot of the victims would probably even have to go for plastic surgery at a later stage.  But not to the point where it’s a killer.  

Alexandra:  Right.  I just wanted to comment on the Brown Recluse for those of you out of the United States. There is such a ton of very fearful articles about the Brown Recluse and quite a few people have been bitten by them.  But I have a story and I can speak from absolute testimony to this.  I was living next to a guy who somehow or another crawled into a very old Bird of Paradise tree.  And he decided one day that he was going to cut it down and trim it and this tree was probably 50 years old.  So it probably had a lot of nests in it and he decided one day to really go for it.  And the next thing he know, he woke up and he had these bites and he had a fever, it would start out with a kind of blister, the skin started swelling and he was in incredible pain and all kinds of stuff.  And what I found, my husband actually came over to the house after he found out that he had been bitten 38 times by these Brown Recluse and he had gone into a clinic and they basically said to him “we really can’t help you unless you have an example of this spider that bit you.  But what we can tell you is that you have a lot of toxins in your bloodstream, etc., etc.”  and they gave him some sort of pill and send him home.  

But of course, as you know, the enzyme continues to keep working by zipping away and eating the flesh.  So I just intuitively followed my guidance, and one thing I want to tell everybody is one of the greatest things you can have on hand, for any spider bite I might add, is a particular form of clay.  And the one that I used is the Indian Healing Clay, it’s got incredible properties and I mixed it with organic apple cider vinegar, which stung a little bit, but it was worth it – you know the benefits of apple cider vinegar – and I used that, I used Colloidal Silver, and also after I applied the clay and let it sit so it would continue to draw the toxins out, you know, topically out of the skin.  And I just kept doing that.  I actually let it sit on there longer than they recommend and wrapped it in cellophane, each part of his body.  And I did that several times a day, I was dosing him with very high amounts of oregano leaf and grapefruit seed extract which are extremely excellent for your immune system which was, as you can imagine, very overwhelmed, and it was very successful.  I mean, seriously, within about two to three days not only did he not have a temperature, the pain subsided substantially and the flesh stopped being eaten away.

Rupert:  Fantastic.

Alexandra: So, I just want everybody to know that.  We keep hearing all this fear porn and I really want to bring up Ebola before I forget.  I forgot to ask the last gentleman I interviewed here.  What is your take on the Ebola virus?  There has been so much fear mongering about it in the news, especially on the west side of you, throughout Europe, the United States, we are all freaking out about Africa.  What’s coming out of Africa?  What’s your opinion on that?

Rupert:  Well, I am not sure what to think about the origins of Ebola.  First of all one has to bear in mind that the Congo, the central part of Africa, is a huge country and there are a lot of inaccessible areas there.  And there is possibly a lot of endemism with a, shall I say, co-existing scenario between species and prey, sorry, species and diseases.  And there are also the big apes that live there, you’ve got your Chimpanzees, you got your Gorillas and you’ve got all kinds of old world monkeys and they are pretty close to us in terms of evolution, or shall I say in terms of DNA but, of course, that’s also something that requires a lot more research because there is a lot of new information coming out about that.  But what is possible is that it could have been a disease there that jumped the species barrier giving that fact that we are so close to the big apes, the great apes.  

It could be that it is in fact a manufactured or mutated version, deliberately mutated version of one of these diseases that was set free for some other specific agenda.  But what I do think is, what I do suspect is that it is possibly part of some or other campaign to first of all create fear but also to initiate a whole vaccine, immunization vaccine campaign on humans that has probably something sinister to it.  And the thing is, it’s kind of a Catch 22 scenario because it’s really – from what I can gather, the little bit I have read about it – it’s really, really a serious disease.  So it is not something that should be taken lightly and you agree, given the fact that it is such an incredibly contagious disease, measures should be taken to contain it.  I believe South Africa has stopped flights to Liberia, for example.

Alexandra:  Ya, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali.

Rupert:  That’s right.  At least that’s a positive thing and I believe we are gearing ourselves up for a possible Ebola outbreak here.  But I think that one should just be as open minded about it as possible.  I think that really what is important is not to focus only on the mainstream media and what is going on with the mainstream media.  One should actually be very, very balanced in receiving information from the alternative – even though it sounds far-fetched or over the top.  I think one should actually apply discretion as far as possible and be as vigilant as possible because it really is a very, very serious disease.  There is virtually no cure.  I believe that 90%, 95% or even more people don’t make it when they get it.  And if I am not mistaken, is it airborne?

Alexandra:  Yes, and I just wanted to add a couple of things that I have read.  The first one is that they are determining that you actually have to have some sort of mucous exchange or somebody sneezing on you that it is spread through some sort of kind of wet contact.

Rupert:  Or micro droplets…

Alexandra: Like body fluids.  That’s the first thing.  And the second thing I have been told was that there have been a few articles that have stated that if you are able to get your hands on a very high parts per million colloidal silver and extremely high quantities of vitamin C, that they have found that has been shown to be very effective.  That’s another thing I have read.  And then the last thing I have read is that there have been some military officials that have stepped forward, they have even admitted that they are spraying these in Chemtrails, so again it is one of these classic situations where the “Powers that were” are in a state of desperation, they are trying like heck to get everybody to think that they are not safe, and what I just want to say to everybody is, it hasn’t worked before and it’s not going to work now.  

I say this and I’m going to state this again and that is:  If we truly did not have Galactic assistance as well as Godly assistance, we would have across the world been inundated with plagues, I mean literally with the amount of garbage that they are spraying in the air over and over and over again within the last couple of decades especially.  I know they started way back, from what I read they started back even in the 70s, some have even reported the 50s, but we are in a situation where we have so much more support and if everything is really truly based on a virus , this, too, will pass.  I just really want to put that out there. So for all of you that are hearing this – for I had a few emails from people saying “whoa in South Africa, you worry about the Ebola, blah, blah, blah…” and I am not.  

And the other thing I wanted to ask you about is the HIV because a lot of people have questions about that.  Can you give us a little bit of background on what you know as to how that’s affected Africa?  How serious is it? What are you hearing today as far as the impact on the continent?

Rupert:  Based on the information that you receive from the mainstream media it seems as if it has had a massive impact on certainly southern Africa.  There was a stage where it was estimated that one out of every four people have been affected by HIV or that actually are HIV positive in this part of the world.  And what I have seen here amongst the local population is that it has become taboo to actually talk about Aids, having Aids or having HIV.  It’s quite convenient because you don’t die of Aids, you don’t die of HIV.

Alexandra: I agree.

Rupert:  You actually die of other diseases because your immune system, your TL per cell has been compromised or has been disabled, which means that your whole immune system essentially speaking has been disabled.  So, when somebody speaks about somebody that has passed, they’ll tell you, well he died of tuberculosis or he died of a really serious flu or something like that.  But I had a gardener who worked for me and he one day started getting ill and I have to tell you, it was not a pretty picture.  His teeth were falling out, he had an incredible smell to him, and it seemed like he had a constant stomach disorder, I’ve personally seen the effects of it.  The trouble with it is that it’s very dynamic because the window period from the time when you acquire the virus seems to be dynamic as well, it seems to change.  So the way it affects people is just so incredible.  

You would find that somebody…. of course we have a very high rate of promiscuity in South Africa because culturally speaking a lot of the people around here are still in the mode of polygamy.  So there is this polygamy over here that’s still happening amongst the folks and we’ve got a lot of families that are broken up because most of the work, most of the employment is available in the large centers. If you go to the tribal areas where the people live you usually find that the breadwinner of the family – which is the man – is not available, he is working in a large center like e.g. Johannesburg or in a center like Polokwane, where I am, and most of the time he is away and what are they doing? They are really surviving and already has a large family but in the meantime he’s actually got another family because he’s got a mistress.  

But he also has mistresses, and I think with the combination of a lack of education, I think that HIV has just spread its wings like you cannot believe.  But there has been some really amazing educational campaigns to make people become aware of it.  And I think the new generation is, if you want to call it, condomizing on a regular basis and actually becoming a lot more faithful to one partner.  So I think things are changing, the tides have turned so to say.  I don’t get the sense that there is this huge rate of infection as in the past.  And I am hoping that it is something that is going to eventually perpetuate itself and manifest itself.  But I certainly still think that a large portion of the population are HIV positive.  

Another thing is that I’m also getting the sense that many people are not getting or …it seems as if there is a resistance in humans here, specifically in this part of the world seems to be changing as well. So people are not dying as quick as what they used to in the past.  So maybe it’s kind of a co-evolution process that’s happening at the moment, I’m not sure.  

Alexandra:  I actually really agree with that, from a practitioner’s standpoint, that the body is so absolutely brilliant so that if we continue to get bombarded with all of this garbage, all this bio-warfare that our own governments have used against the people of the world, thank God we have this brilliant mechanism that we call our body that is so brilliant that it is creating ways to fight off the very bizarre, very mutated types of viruses and funguses etc. And from what I have studied regarding HIV, there have been very successful people out there that have been able to assist and bring it to a halt.

Rupert:  Yes, I totally agree.  There is just one problem about South Africa.  South Africa is also very big on genetically modified foods.  And I think that, combined with the fact that we are quite an industrial country if you compare us to the rest of southern Africa, the quality of our nutrition also probably plays a role in making us or keeping us sick.  And I think that’s one avenue that needs to be addressed in terms of awareness.  I think people need to be made more aware of proper eating, proper nutrition.  But it’s a Catch 22, because if you want to buy …you see the trouble with South Africa – just using South Africa as an example – is that more than 50% of the people here don’t contribute to the economy here at all because they are just below the point where they pay tax.  We have got an official unemployment rate of 25%, somewhere around there, it keeps changing.  Compare that to Europe and you compare that to the United States, it’s horrific.  So how do these people survive?  Well, they buy cheap food.  And that cheap food is basically genetically modified, highly processed food.  And that keeps them in the box.  

Alexandra:  I’m so glad you brought this up because that has been a big AHA since I got here.  One thing I do want to say is that first of all, when you look at the amount of unemployment per country we typically can only count on the delivery of statistics by the government agencies.  So this is a problem because I really feel they are under-reporting the true nature of what is going on on the planet.  

Rupert:  Totally agree with you.

Alexandra:  I think that – I am really going out on a limb here and say that in the United States we seriously sat around the coffee table and talked about this, my friends at home, we all really believe that we are probably looking more at 35 to 40% of people that are unemployed.  And even if they are employed they are manipulating the stats so that it looks like things are so much better than they are because the majority of the people can only get a part-time job, and they’ve had 4 to 6 to 8 or even 12 years of education at universities and they can only get a job for $10 an hour.  So the United States are really … we are targeted in a different sort of way, I think we are exceptionally targeted with the HAARP, the surveillance, the frequency waves, that sort of thing.  There is no question, when I got here, how radically different it is to be here regarding the frequency in your air compared to the United States.  However, what I noticed here is the type of food; there is so much GMO food here, it is a standing operating procedure to go into a grocery store and have pretty much all you can choose from, and I was appalled that the majority of the South African Blacks are primarily eating maize meal (mealie meal).  And that is one of the no. 1 GMO foods. And they eat that for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they cook it with meat, they make it sweet in the morning…and I was thinking to myself “oh, my God, there we go again”.

Rupert:  The other thing is if you look at most of their life styles, especially in the tribal areas, you can see that there is no intention to go anything beyond very, very basic subsistence, the growing of subsistence crops.  Most of the people have a small stand and they would grow a seasonal bunch of corn stalks and they would harvest them and that’s about as far as they would go.  So for the balance it would just be this total reliance on bought foods from a super market.

And the other thing that I also noticed is that wherever you go into these tribal areas you start seeing these large corporate malls going up.  So it’s a vicious circle.  They are making dead sure that these people have this convenience of buying cheap genetically modified foods right on their door step so-to-say in comparison to the past.  So that is all I think part of a campaign to ensure that the vicious circle remains a vicious circle.

Alexandra:  Oh, I agree. The other things is that they are being specifically targeted for the fact that they are one of the few remaining places on the planet where they really are in touch with Mother Earth.  They walk around barefoot, they are often times in the bush or in the forest, most of the jobs – around here anyway – are logging and cutting down trees, farm trees, and apparently some or a lot of them don’t have electricity, they work off a fire if they want to cook something up and they sleep in these round huts – so it’s a completely different environment and the cool thing is that I find them, at least in this location, to be just absolutely beautiful in their purity of essence.  They sing, they are smiling, they are laughing; they haven’t murred into the whole 3D materialistic mode of operation, they are just perfectly happy with the fact that they just have a meal.  And unfortunately the Powers that Be have taken advantage of that core aspect of them.

Rupert: But dare I say this that it’s actually changing quite radically because you can go to the most remote part of that area where you are staying at the moment, which is Venda, you can go right into the mountains there – that’s the most north eastern part of South Africa, there is a tribal group there called the Venda and you can drive some really bad roads and you can go right up into the mountains, and you find a hut and you actually find a satellite dish on that hut.  So that suggests to me that the values unfortunately are changing fast because that person or that family now has access to those specific values that are probably on a subliminal level being projected to him or her and changing their values very, very fast.  And it’s quite tragic to watch it.  

I was in Guyana, South America, in 2004 and I was expecting to find some really ethnical Amerindian people there, and what I saw there was just basically far more removed from what we are here in a sense that most of the Amerindian people actually had surnames like Simon – just regular European style surnames, anglicized surnames, and they had lost their language, they’d lost every aspect of their being.  And at least in South Africa that is not the case yet, but my sense is that it is changing very fast.  And you can clearly see that there is a campaign to pull everybody into line – if you want to call it that.

Alexandra:  Ya, and get them all away from their own cultures and ways of working together as a team.  Well, back to the trips that you do and the tours that you have put together, one of the main things I want people to hear about is your experiences out in the bush and out in the jungle – literally when I met Rupert and he started telling me about some of his experiences my jaw was on the floor.  This is the type of National Geographic Sunday night shows that I grew up watching with my parents that you have gone through.  So what I would like to do, I find that the discussion on spiders really opens up the door to not taking one creature for granted as far as their importance, and when I first met Rupert when I first got here I was a little freaked out about the spiders, I mean the snakes and so I was wondering if you can everybody a little bit about the snakes and your experience with them.

Rupert:  Well, you know, I am a hiker out of passion and so I do walks as often as I can.  And I walk in the bush, if I say the bush I walk in nature, I try sort of wilderness areas and I’ve been doing this for probably a good part of 45 years of my life.  

Alexandra:  And Rupert, when you say 45 years of your life, clarify for the audience what walking in the bush really means.  Now that I am here I really have a whole new appreciation for it.

Rupert:  Well, just to give you an example around our area where I live, you can go in any direction for a radius of 103 kms and you’ll come across a – shall I say – nature area or a proclaimed wilderness area with incredible variations from forests to Kalahari type desert, to savannah, to something like Kruger National Park which is a combination of savannah, bush which is with riverine forest with different eco-zones.  And I actually very often go walking on my own.  Just me and my dog. And I can, in those 45 years of walking, I can maybe count on my right fingers the fairly scary significant snake experiences I have had. And I am talking like hundreds of hikes.  

So, yes, we have got some pretty bad snakes around here, in terms of the venom.  We have got, for example the Puff Adder, which is the equivalent of the Diamond Back Rattle Snake, it’s a very common snake, it’s a very cryptically camouflaged snake, they are very sluggish, you are in quite serious trouble if it bites you.  They are also basically vipers.  We’ve got Mozambiquean Spitting Cobras which can spit venom into your eyes.  We’ve got the Black Mamba which probably gives you something like 20 minutes to live if it bites you because it’s got a cardio-toxic venom.  These are all really scary snakes.  

But, this is my point.  I have been hiking for probably, as I said, 45 years – let’s say 40 years of my life where I’ve had encounters with really bad snakes, including this Black Mamba that I mentioned, – you can google the Black Mamba, it’s a very serious snake and yes, my heart nearly jumped out of my cage because this reared up 4 feet in front of me and could have bit me in the face.  I was alone on top of a mountain.  If it had bitten me I probably would not have made it down the mountain, but it looked at me, it simply waited for me to make the next move.  I startled it and it startled me.  We looked at each other, I stepped back, the snake also moved off into the opposite direction at an incredibly fast speed – because it’s one of the fastest snakes in the world – and that was it.  We just parted ways.  

I actually had non-poisonous snakes even fall on me and they wanted to get away from me as quickly as possible.  So I really think that there is this hype and I really think it is a hype.  I think the movies, the media hypes up the whole snake thing.  And I think that is really from what I have been speaking to a lot of Americans about your Rattle Snakes as well, there is really this hype about snakes.  And I think what it actually does is this hype is designed to keep us away from connecting with Mother Earth, Mother Gaia Earth. I really believe it’s actually a campaign to try and minimize the time that we actually spend, it’s a fear factor; it is designed as a fear factor for you not to connect to Mother Earth.  And I really think that one just needs to start changing that attitude.

Alexandra:  Well, and the fact it’s almost like when you explain that circumstance when you came upon that Black Mamba.  What immediately hit me was, it had a consciousness, and it actually gave you an opportunity to back away.

Rupert:  Absolutely.

Alexandra:  And it looked you right into the eye.  That just blew my mind.

Rupert:  Absolutely.  Look, snakes are predators, they have venom to protect themselves, obviously to defend themselves but the snakes that do have venom – remember there are many, many snakes.  In fact there is 138 species of snakes in South Africa, I think it’s about 138, I might be a bit wrong, and only 15 of them are actually significantly venomous.  But why would they be significantly venomous?  Is it because we are the prey?  No. It’s simply because we are potentially the adversary that wants to do them harm and they might want to protect themselves.  But we certainly aren’t a prey item.  So, clearly the snake is just there to protect itself.  

Alexandra:  That’s a great point.  I love that, that’s such a great perspective.

Rupert:  Yes.  But I can’t emphasize enough, I look at a lot of people around here, a lot of our black South African population, there is this taboo about snakes and I think it stems from basically their shamanistic background.  But I think that has been blown out of proportion by the media and by the movies to the point where it is an absolute no-no.  I know a lot of people that would say to me “I will never, never ever go hiking on my own”.  I will never, in other words, I will never really on a regular basis connect with Mother Gaia/Earth because of my fear of snakes.  So I really think this is very significant.  I really think this is something that has to be worked upon by people.  I think that is something people really have to become made aware of actually how amazing snakes are.

Alexandra:  Well, you also brought up another point, which is …you know, fear is a vibration and the animal kingdom and the reptiles, they all work off a vibratory sensation and so, I’ve done a ton of hiking as well and I literally hiked right through rattle snake dens and never once have I even come across one.  In fact when we did hear a couple, they were rattling and basically saying “hey, get out of my space”.  They were warning us to back off.  I often compare this to the body and I remind people that the body is doing the same thing.  It walls off what is perceives to be the enemy, or the toxin or the infection, or a virus, it walls it off, creates a tumor or cyst or whatever and it’s doing this to protect you and save you.  It’s not like “oh my God, I have a tumor” instead of saying “thank you, body, for protecting me from that” we are looking at it “oh my God, we have got to cut it out”. And it is all in the way you perceive it.  Your body is your friend even if it’s creating very contorted funky thinking, your body is doing it very efficiently in many cases to stave off infection and overwhelms the immune system.

Rupert:  I’ve never thought of it this way.  It reminds me of is the way a pearl is actually formed.  In an oyster.  It works exactly to the same principle.  It’s an irritation and this covering around the irritation just perpetuates it.  And it carries on and on and eventually it becomes a pearl.  

Alexandra:  Well, and think about it.  Something beautiful comes out of that. Right?  If we don’t start changing our way of thinking – because we are creators – and we need to expect the fact that the game is over for the Dark, we are the ones creating the new reality, we are doing it right this minute.  Now, it is game over, the Light has completely penetrated the planet.  Yes, there is still some stuff that needs to get done but the short of it is, the moment you make that decision that you are a creator and you are not going to create what they want you to create.  That’s really what this is all about.  We are the same, freaking out about spiders – I’m guilty of it, too – being freaked out going out to your backyard because you might get bitten.  It’s all fear programmed, it’s a program to keep us separated from that which really makes us whole and that is our Mother, Mother Earth.

Rupert:  Absolutely.  Of all my experiences in my life my most memorable experiences are my wilderness travelling experiences and my hikes.  Those are the things that actually stick in my mind. It’s like somebody having a turbo charged Ferrari and saying “wow, of all the things in my life that was the most profound experience actually having that vehicle, owning it and driving it”.  Well, that is my experience with nature.  My life, my experiences of hiking and being in nature, those are the most memorable in my life.  Those are the most significant memories that I have, that stick in my life and it’s just something that doesn’t stop.  I just need to get back, I need to be in nature, I need to continuously be back to continue that process.  For me it’s an absolute connection.  Just imagine somebody that has got a fear of snakes, let’s say a really bad phobia of snakes will automatically never ever be subject to nature and I really think that is such an effective … let me say this much, just millions of people – but I don’t know about the States or Europe or whatever, I think in Europe as well because my wife is from Holland and I have spoken to a lot of people there that seem to have a fear of it – certainly around here there are just million and millions of people in that frame of mind.  And something needs to be done about it.

Alexandra:  A very good point. Well that’s why I’m pulling you on this show because it’s time to take back our power and be in the driving seat of how we want to live our life cohabitating with our planet.  You know coming here and South Africa has been such a blessing. First of all when I got here I took a walk and when I heard about all the snakes, granted I was a little bit “wow!” The Black Mamba that turns you are dead in 20 minutes.  But then I started thinking about it, and I love to hike, so I said “you know what, I’ll just stay on the dirt road.”  And there is a lot of them around here.  I just got rid of the fear, I called in some protection and I went for it. It’s been the most incredible experience of my life, I’ve been doing it as many days out of the week as I can and take a hike around here.  One of the things I’m absolutely blown away by is just the number of butterflies.  Just on one walk I saw about 13 different species.

Rupert:  Yes, generally speaking we have an amazing variety of insects in South Africa.  Just different parts of South Africa because there are just so many different habitats in South Africa.  But the mountain range that you are living in at the moment has more plant species growing on it than the whole of Canada.  

Alexandra:  Wow!

Rupert: Yes. So, if you have more plant species there then clearly it’s going to support a huge insect population.  Amongst them, of course, butterflies.  And the area that you are in at the moment is also a temperate rain forest so the rain fall is pretty high compared to the surrounds.  So it is conducive to a high insect and, of course, butterfly population.  And really beautiful.  It is internationally known as a butterfly hotspot.

Alexandra:  Oh, I didn’t know that.  And I mean they are brilliant, like there is lavenders and turquoises and peaches and oranges, I have never seen such an incredible … and they come right up and land right in front of you as if to say “I know you want to take a picture of me” (laughs) .…

Rupert:  There are some endemic species there as well that you don’t get anywhere else on earth.  All eight families of butterflies are represented there, and as I said there is this endemic species as well.  So it really is a butterfly wonderland.  And there is another spot, 160 kms southeast of Polokwane that is known as Malta Forest and that is a deep valley with this absolutely amazing forest.  And that is an absolute butterfly wonderland, in fact that is probably THE hotspot in South Africa for butterflies and in fact one of the best in the world as well.

Alexandra:  Now you said there is 8 families of butterflies. What do you mean by that?

Rupert:  Well, butterflies are under the family at least under the order of insects called “Lepidoptera” and Lepidoptera consist of the moths and the butterflies.  And there are many, many families of moths whilst in butterflies you’ve just got only 8 families.  Well, to my knowledge, in South Africa.  I’m not a butterfly specialist, but certainly in South Africa there is only 8 families.  There might be worldwide more families but butterflies are usually all characterized by having much larger wings, and of course these very thin abdomens.  But there is one family that actually look very moth like.  You have to know your characteristics of butterflies to make sure that you are not making a mistake.

Alexandra:  I do notice that they are very large and, believe it or not, they are actually very friendly. It’s weird because I put it kind of out there “hey, can you just stop so that I can get a picture of you” – and it did.  You know, it sat there on the ground, opened its colorful wings and I was just “oh my God, they are so gorgeous”.  I woke up this morning and unfortunately there was this huge, huge beautiful moth that had died.  It was right in front of the door to the bathroom and I was so sad but I couldn’t get over – it’s a moth!

Rupert:  Is it the size of a large butterfly?

Alexandra: Yes.

Rupert:  That’s a family “Saturniidae” and it’s called an Emperor Moth. And apparently they have one of the most amazing senses of smell of any animal.  

Alexandra:  A Moth?

Rupert:  A moth, yes.  And it smells with its antennae.  And apparently the male moth can pick up the scent of just one molecule from the female through its antennae, which remain directed and guided to the female.

Alexandra:  That’s amazing.

Rupert: Yes, they really are incredible.

Alexandra:  I know it’s such a gift.  You know this is something that we just don’t really get to see.  I told you this before but when we went on a mission last summer across country we drove about 3000 miles.  And in that 3000 miles we never once had to pull over and wash our windshield.  Now this is unheard of.  I don’t know if any of you out there can remember when late in the days when you grew up in the 60s, you know very, very young in the 60s.  You grew up back then, you got into the car and you drove and you had to stop from time to time because there were so many flying insects that would smash up against the windshield.  We never had to stop and do that on this trip.  It was such an eye opener for us to see what the Chemtrails had done.

Rupert:  Wow.

Alexandra:  Ya.  Now I come here and honestly I have been here for over a month and I’ve only seen Chemtrails like twice.  So that’s a huge gift and I think the Chemtrails are dissipating, they have become less and less in my region of Southern California, thank God.

Rupert:  But it’s so subtle actually.  You don’t realize the effects, you just think well, it’s planes giving off, you know, it’s just combustion.

Alexandra:  Right.

Rupert:  It is just the after effects of combustion.

Alexandra:  But then you talk about, you know, you are speaking of the balance just from the little spiders and butterflies and stuff and see how important they are.  So, even if it’s like the invisible assistance, I love that.  Where have they gone to?  Where are they now?

Rupert:  Yes.  I guess one would have to make a proper study to see what the declines are.  In that respect there is very little work that has been done on spider populations.  There is some information, there are some statistics out there but I don’t think anybody has made a full study of it. But there was just this estimation of how many insect spiders per year and I know this is very, very significant, also just the number of spiders that were counted in certain eco-zones per square meter so-to-say. The amount of spiders that a ground surface area is supporting bearing in mind that all those spiders have to eat, and what are they eating?  They are eating insects.

Alexandra:  Right. Of course, isn’t there something insane like a 1000:1 ratio.  

Rupert:  Something to that effect, yes.  Absolutely.

Alexandra:  Somebody needs to consume them.

Rupert:  For sure.

Alexandra:  Well, listen, for our next part 2 of this interview I really want to dive into the Big Five and the game industry and your actual tours that you have done because I think people will be absolutely fascinated.  So everybody stay tuned and we will have part 2 coming up pretty shortly.

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