Posts Tagged ‘spiders’

A Morning Surprise … a Big Surprise!

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   I recently started going for mornings walks around our backyard about 7 a.m. to look for spider webs.

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   Then Sunday morning (October 3) I woke to a dense fog. It didn’t take me long to get outside with my camera. I couldn’t see the back of the yard from the house. We have two acres.

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Obviously, there were the “common-shaped” webs. I found ones in all sizes, from the small  ones to ones from three feet in diameter.

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Some weren’t completely finished. This one looked like it came apart near the center.

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This web was in the magnolia tree. It looks like a tangled “mess” that would capture prey.

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How can this web hold its shape with all the multi-sized drops lining every strand?

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I wonder how long silk will remain from the web.

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I saw a few webs like this one up to three feet tall.

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This web is designed to capture insects that enter the separated area.

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I wondered if this web was completed or if it was what remained.

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The hackberry tree above appeared practically covered with webs, especially at the top.

These are only a few of the 240 pictures I took that morning!

What I don’t understand now is, “where did all the spiders go?” Where had all the spiders been before this web-a-thon?  I only found three webs the next morning and one this morning.

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Red Honeysuckle Visitors

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Red honeysuckle attracts more than hummingbirds.

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It attracts spiders, like this young garden spider,

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and this daddy-longlegs that looks tucked in a safe place for the night.

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 Green caterpillars blend in well with all the greens. It’s a caterpillar of the snowberry clearwing, a day-flying moth that mimics bumblebees.

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Caterpillars breath through spiracles, the black “spots” along its side. Its actual legs are the three black pairs by the head.

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Three pairs of prolegs  occur in the middle of the body. The “hairs” on each are called crochets which help the caterpillar to hold on.

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 A smaller caterpillar dined in the evening. 

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The snowberry clearwing moth. 

Spiders in the Night

Every time I come in

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from taking orb pictures in the backyard

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I see spiders on the side of the house. They’re either in their web, repairing it or building one. A quick flashlight-count found 29 of various sizes.

None of the spiders are on their webs during the day.