Archive for the ‘Spiders’ Category

Spider Silk … in February

It’s warmed up now at the end of January, and I’m seeing increasing number of strands of spider silk. I see the most connecting the tall grasses in the field across the highway.

A breeze blows the strand of silk and

the reflected sunlight “slides” back and forth along any longer strands.

The spiders let out a length of silk. It grows longer and longer until it attaches to an object, like the wood above.

The silk really shows up in the evening light. Spiders can let out much longer strands than the one above.

These two were probably from the same spider. The light slides back and forth along the silk, and the sun reflects the light in different colors.

 

 

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Cloudy Sky

                                                                                                                                 It’s rare that the sky’s boring.

The clouds and jet trails have been varied lately.

                                                                                         There’s usually a wide variety of clouds and an occasional contrail.

An occasional jet adds a different pattern to the early evening.

It’s easy to tell which is a jet contrail and which is a cloud from a jet contrail earlier.

A Psykadelic Web

A  spider spun a psykadelic web in the pine tree in our backyard.

The morning light and the changing angles of the web reflected the web’s various colors.

 Early morning colors created various decorative designs.

 

All the morning components came together, and the reflective colors displayed their simple beauty.

Blowing in the Wind

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Conditions were just right (on August 11) for this spiderweb to show from a distance.

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I moved closer to better show its intricate details.

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The web’s movement turned the “spokes” into narrow ribbons.

A Different Spider Web

This first picture fascinated me because of the green spider.

I have no explanation for the webs in the next two pictures.

Maybe they were having a “spider’s disagreement.”

Or could have been trying to build a different style of web.

It was fascinating whatever the reason and the design.

 

Horizontal Webs

Spider webs are usually vertical.

Obviously, these two are horizontal. The two strands — orange and other blue — are strands of silk that were  let out to hold the web in place. You’ll see a part of the web stretched across to another leaf nearby.

 This picture was taken in the same area as the two above, and at a different time of day.  A light breeze blew the web around, which resulted in the multi-colors reflecting from the web.

Orb Webs

Spider numbers began increasing in July).

Their webs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The spider is in the center of this web.

Another spider spun this orb web, attaching the end points of two lobes of the leaf. I didn’t check to see if I could find the spider. It would probably be too small to see.

This web looks like the spider was in a hurry to finish the web,

and this one wanted seclusion.