09.17.2022 Dew-draped Spiderday

Yesterday morning we had another lovely foggy start.  I headed over to the Conte Refuge in Hadley to shoot, again, a walnut grove with straight rows and some mystery at the end of the row. Once done with that I walked the trail and noticed dozens or probably hundreds of dewy spider webs.  They are hard to miss, especially when backlit by the rising sun.

I didn’t inventory them all, but the vast majority if not every one were Banded Yellow Garden Spiders which are another lovely species.

Banded Argiope-Argiope trifasciata. This one along with all its silk stands was covered with tiny dew drops.


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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15 Responses to 09.17.2022 Dew-draped Spiderday

  1. You did a good job getting the background muted and amorphous—the better to highlight the spider and web.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I rarely see such a beautifully symmetrical web. They’re surely around, but nearly all of the garden spiders I see have strung their webs across openings and I run into them before I see them. Of course, dew would make them easier to spot.

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    • I wasn’t sure what I was going to find when I started looking. Usually after a night has passed the webs are somewhat tattered but there were several fairly complete and attractive ones in the meadow. It would be hard to miss these on such a wet morning. Everything had dew drops whether small or large. Just watch out for the tricky ones.


  3. Peter Klopp says:

    Not knowing this is a spider web, one might be inclined to see a rocket ready to escape a force field. You may smile at my wild imagination, Steve.

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  4. Tom says:

    I’ve been keeping my eye out for argiope spiders, but I haven’t seen one yet. Excellent view of the web and spider.

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  5. Todd Henson says:

    I find it sobering to see that many webs. There are so many more spiders all around than I typically realize. This one’s a beauty.

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    • I can tell you that yes there are a lot of species. Today I found several different in the wood pile while doing my splitting. But just in general numbers there are many more than we realize until a nice dewy morning like this one.


  6. Michael Sammut says:

    A Brilliant shot of natural beauty.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice! Looking forward to seeing the foggy walnut grove. 🙂

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