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Spider in His Web

We are starting to see some spiders and big webs as we walk around the swamps. This web was several feet across with the fine gauge threads glistening in the sun.

Spider in a Web
Spider in a Web

I changed position but couldn’t  closer due an abundance of poison ivy, something else that is thriving this spring.

Spider in a Web
Spider in a Web

My next image was just a few seconds later but focused on a slightly different spot which resulted in a different glisten on the web and  background.

Spider in a Web
Spider in a Web

Orb-Weaver Spider Weaving Lunch

Quite a few of the Orb-Weaver Spiders have built their webs at an angle to the board walk headed to the swamp making side view photographs a possibility.  It was fascinating to watch this one pluck a fly or bee from the web and then what seemed to be wrapping it in silk.

Golden Silk Orb-weaver
Golden Silk Orb-weaver – click on the photo for a larger view. Zoom in to the center to see the silk attachment from the web

There were some other insects dangling from similar wrappings nearby. These spiders seem much larger than last summer’s crop, but that may be my imagination, or Ted’s, playing tricks on me.

Golden Silk Orb-weaver Spider

We had been told by many locals last summer when we first started visiting the swamp that the Orb, aka Banana, Spiders were nothing to worry about. They seldom make their web across the trail and don’t jump onto humans. Sure enough, their season passed without incident, but I still don’t like to get too close.

This year’s batch is now very active building webs and it was interesting watching this female spinning her silk.

Golden Orb Spider
Golden Orb Spider weaving her web – click photo for larger view

Back and forth, hanging upside down and pulling herself along very methodically, she added a new row to the top of this web.

Golden Orb Spider
Golden Orb Spider weaving her web – click photo for larger view

The strands appeared to be different colors as the web swayed in the light.

Golden Orb Spider
Golden Orb Spider weaving her web – click photo for larger view

In another web down the trail the smaller male and the female may have been getting ready to mate. The female eats the male when she is done with him. I didn’t stay to watch.

Golden Orb Spider
Golden Orb Spiders – click photo for larger view