09.08.2019 Coincidental ties in to recent conversations

The last few days, Steve and I have remarked about a couple of things, hornet nests and leaf-roller spiders.  As luck would have it, I had a chance yesterday to photograph both subjects here in the yard.

The first we discussed was hornets.  While our new heating/cooling system was being installed last week, I bumped into our rhododendron by the front door and stirred up a hornets’ nest.  No harm done, but I decided to capture one of the little occupants at her own doorway.

Bald-faced hornet-Dolichovespula maculata.  I did not photograph the entire nest, but here is one from a past colony in one of our forsythias.

In case you are wondering, I photographed the hornet with my 100-400 zoom macro and still stayed far enough away so I needed to crop to get the image I envisioned.  I’ve been stung enough to have learned what a respectful distance is.


Earlier in the day I noticed a milkweed leaf in an odd arrangement.  Sure enough, A spider was webbing the leaf closed.  I am guessing she was going to lay eggs in there but it may have just been shelter from the cool nights we are now having.

Nursery Web Spider-Pisaurina mira

I know little creepy crawlies aren’t always the most popular subjects, especially spiders, but I find insects fascinating and hope you enjoyed seeing them even if you don’t want to be near them.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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8 Responses to 09.08.2019 Coincidental ties in to recent conversations

  1. Hey, two coincidental finds for the price of one (which, alas, is zero).

    The two rows of the spider’s eyes seem to have been echoed and expanded into three if you look farther left, on the outside of the folded leaf.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    Call me weird, but I think those bald-faced hornets are — not cute, exactly, but attractive. I didn’t realize that their nests look so much like those of paper wasps. All I ever get are mud daubers. I suppose that’s good, since they’re easy to discourage, but I’d still love to see one of these nests.

    That’s a great photo of the spider at work. I still haven’t figured out what created the “balls” at the end of ferns in east Texas. Something clearly had knit them together, but I haven’t pursued it yet. I was a little reluctant to pull one apart and perhaps disturb someone’s happy home.

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    • Thanks for permission, but I won’t call you weird. 🙂

      The bald-face hornet is an attractive insect with the strong contrast in its head. I am glad to have found two of their nests on our property, although next to our front door is maybe just a bit too close for comfort. I don’t worry about us because we know they are there and keep a respectful distance. But we get uninvited bell ringers doing their sales or missionary thing fairly often. I guess that might discourage them from coming to the door. I hope they are no longer active when Halloween comes around with all the little visitors although last year we only got a couple.

      I don’t open them up either, but once a number of years ago I spent some time during a summer with an entomologist who did and got this image as a result. Lucky me, it actually got published once in a spider guide book.

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      • shoreacres says:

        What a great photo, and what an attractive spider. I’m glad it was published, so plenty of others could see it. (There are more spider fans around than I realized in the past.)

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      • Not all folks are arachnophobes. I have one FB friend who gasps in terror at them all though. 🙂 It was a beauty and I don’t think it was harmed much by being unwrapped. Probably lost a little beauty sleep though.


  3. bluebrightly says:

    Great images, Steve. I’m a bit arachnophobic, not proud of it, so I can see the spider is well done but I’m not lingering there. 😉

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    • A lot of people do have trouble with spiders. I enjoyed the movie Arachnophobia, but I understand the fear so I do sometimes give a warning before the posted image.I guess for some people the same could be said for wasps. 🙂


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