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Thursday, December 1, 2011


Saturday, my neighbor came running over to the house to get me.  "Lisa! There's the great spider, and you've got to see it! Dave says you LOVE spiders."  Actually, I don't like them.  At all.  However, I'm tolerant of them because of the important job they do.  They do, however, make my skin crawl.  Too many eyes, too many teeth, too many legs...and HAIRY.  However, I do appreciate their fantastic colors and the wonderful webs.

This was the specimen that I was told I HAD to see.  It's an orb weaver, the ones which make the really cool, very large webs.  She is a common yellow garden spider, Argiope aurantia.  One of the characteristics of orb weavers is that they tend to hang in their webs head down.  

I was a little surprised to see this one this late in the year....Cool colors, cool long as it stays outside.


Shady Character said...

Beautiful!! I love these things though I haven't seen one for a couple of years. Thanks for sharing!

Michigoose said...

Shady, I usually get a couple of different kinds in my garden...Tons of wolf spiders too, but they aren't as pretty.

I guess the amount of interesting bugs I have is a testament to my not using pesticides...I have several different kinds of beneficial insects including LOTS of praying mantids. I usually have at least 2 egg cases inside the fence every year. The babies are so cute!