09.12.2020-2 Spidurday

Well, Gary has his Webnsday and I won’t probably keep this going as faithfully as he has but I have become a bit more interested in Arachnids.

Shamrock Orbweaver- Araneus trifolium.

So this dreamboat decided to inhabit our bee balm, maybe to compete with the Nursery Web spider, or maybe it even ate that spider before claiming the territory. It is much larger, I spotted it from across the yard when I swept through with my large flashlight while out with Bentley after dark, and looks pretty creepy with those hairy legs. This was not the first shot, but all the others had it facing down so the head and eyes could not be seen. Something tickled the web and he/she turned to check it out.

They generally are not out during the day, much like the White Micrathena and  Arboreal Orbweaver I posted previously, and come out to spin a new web each evening.  During the day, like with the Arboreal Orbweaver, they usually curl up inside a leaf that they have pulled closed with some webbing.

Several years ago I hung out with an entomologist during the summer, the author of Kaufman’s Field Guide to the Insects, Eric Eaton. The book is a good general reference when getting started with insects.  One time while out he noticed a curled leaf and said it possibly was the overnight home to a spider.  We opened it up, something I no longer would do, and discovered a Shamrock inside .

While the lighting is better in the second, I’d rather capture them out naturally even if the flash creates a few hot spots.

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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20 Responses to 09.12.2020-2 Spidurday

  1. I appreciate all the details in both views.

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  2. Ann Mackay says:

    Excellent photographs – but I prefer Froggy Fridays, LOL!

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  3. shoreacres says:

    ‘Something’ tickled the web? That ‘something’ wouldn’t be a sneaky photographer, by any chance?

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  4. I’ll leave the creepy crawlies to you.😀

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  5. melissabluefineart says:

    I agree. It is so cool that you got to spend time in the field with him! It is a great book. I greatly admire this creepy spider.

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  6. Littlesundog says:

    I see a lot of spiders on our place. I learn to work around them, not wishing to disturb them. I often take a flashlight out at night to watch web building, and then in the morning just before the sun comes up I observe the dismantling of some webs, the spider tucking it all and himself into the leaf of a tree. Others, I find all hours of the day.They are amazing critters. You seem to find a lot of willing posers in your neck of the woods!

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    • They can make that web disappear so fast compared to the time it take for construction. The first time I watched one at it I was just amazed at the speed it worked. This has been a good year for finding spiders but I have to admit I only paid them passing attention previously. I am glad that you enjoy observing them also, Lori. 🙂

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      • Littlesundog says:

        I do enjoy observing the spiders. So many critters live amazing lives and we miss the opportunities to learn because we’re so busy. I have yet to understand why sometimes the female spider will “bounce” the web. She’ll be dead center, and slightly bounce the web, as if to vibrate it or something. I will have to research this. I never seem to have the time! 🤨

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      • I am not sure there is a definitive answer. Maybe defensive?

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  7. krikitarts says:

    Thanks for the reference to my Webnesday category, Steve. This Shamrock variety is a lovely orbweaver, and I’m happy to make her acquaintance through you

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    • I was remiss in not linking mymention to one of your posts. Glad to share a new one to you with you, Gary. I expected you had the acquaintance. She’s been out there every night for about two weeks. We’ll see how she feels about tonight’s chill.

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