Arachnid was in the title so you were warned. 🙂
Friday evening at bedtime I took Bentley out into the backyard. I carry a 1400 lumen flashlight that lights up the whole yard and I noticed above one of the wild blueberry bushes a single silk thread with a large round “thing” at the end. Of course it was a spider. Moving too fast for me to shoot it in the dark, I told myself to look for the web in the morning. And there it was when we went out at 3 on Saturday morning. At first glance it looked almost perfect and larger than most of the usual Argiope webs that I see. So after Bentley was done and we went in for his breakfast, I got out my 3-step ladder and climbed up with a flashlight held next to the twin flash (so the camera could autofocus) and got a nice portrait.
Arboreal Orbweaver-Neoscona crucifera
I think that the light of the flashlight made the spider think it was daybreak because it started to take down its web which is a typical behavior…construct a web at dusk and take it down at dawn. Again, I couldn’t grab a shot as it was moving too fast, very fast actually, and settled for this picture with the webbing all balled up. Eventually it eats the silk.
Sunday morning I checked it out again and the web was rebuilt. I made a shot of the business side of the spider just to have an image. Red is a marker for identification.
And finally I went out this morning in the light and looked for the spider not expecting to find it. Many spiders wrap themselves up in a leaf to hide from predators and photographers but this one was just cuddled up in a dried blueberry leaf and spent the day there.
I don’t often get a chance to follow the actions of the same insect/spider so this was a treat. I guess it will still be up in the bush again tonight but I don’t think I can get anything different. I hoped for a good view of the eyes but the head is tucked in and if I tried shooting from below I’d damage the web.