08.16.2021 Neoscona Nuptials

Don’t throw any rice.

I know that these are spotted orbweavers-Neoscona sp-but which species I am not sure as I could not get an angle to see their abdomens without destroying the web. At first I thought they were fighting and maybe that makes this make up sex.

The male is smaller and on the left so has to be nice and not upset his larger partner.  After some back and forth approaches…consummation.

The male deposits his sperm in the proper place and then they are done.  I wasn’t able to stay long enough to see if he survived.  Males sometimes experience this as their final few moments of life similar to praying mantids. But there was a neat little package stuck to the web later on.  Of course it could have been anything.  All this drama just outside the door.

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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19 Responses to 08.16.2021 Neoscona Nuptials

  1. Somehow this made me think of Paul McCartney singing “Why don’t we do it in the road?”

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  2. Super series of photos, Steve! Drama, indeed!

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  3. Littlesundog says:

    Nice images! I’ve gotten sidetracked many a day by such drama… and yet, I do stay to see what happens (if I can). Too many times I’ve seen the male killed just after.

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  4. Nice captures, Steve! That fern in the background of the first image makes it extra nice.

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  5. Gallivanta says:

    Such drama, indeed. The second image is a reminder that life often involves messy entanglements.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    Your little drama brought to mind the courtships and sometimes unhappy consummations of the Peacock spiders of Australia. I just looked, and learned there are least seven new species that have been discovered. Check out the one that looks like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    The garden can be a steamy place, hehe!

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    Wow, nice! Fascinating little drama there. I’m glad you had the opportunity to see that, and right there at home. Thanks for sharing, I’m not sure if this is something I’ve ever seen. And if I have who knows whether I interpreted it correctly. 🙂

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    • Glad to share something new. Thanks, Todd. At first I did think it was a one on one battle to the finish. And it may have been that but with a bit of procreation mixed in. I had to read up on the behavior to recognize what was happening. It was a first for me too.


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