Yesterday Vince walked outside and called me to come see what he found. Around here, it could be anything from a dog someone’s dropped off, to a snake, to a possum, to a big buck standing in the driveway. You never know what you’ll see around here.
It was a spider building a web right off the edge of our porch. It was funny because it looked like she was just suspended in air. I’m going to call it a she because I read that the female builds the webs.
She was very busy moving back in forth. She had a plan and wasn’t bothered by us standing there nose to nose with him watching, talking and taking pictures.
There was a little glob in the middle and she was going back and forth . . getting more “material” and spinning the web with her legs. It was interesting to watch, though we never could actually see the web developing.
She’s still out there this morning, still working but I don’t see much progress. I know I should stop her and send her somewhere else to build her web . . away from my porch but it’s interesting to watch.
Carol Harper says
Ah, leave her be. She’s catching bugs that might otherwise come into your house! We used to encourage orb web weavers when we lived in FL where we had jalosie windows that did not keep our skeeters… very effective!
I had a gorgeous spider web just outside my bathroom window for a few days last month. I never could get a good picture of it though. I never had time to try to adjust my camera settings to get it. They are fun to watch.
I had one or more spiders this summer that kept trying to spin a web between 2 of my bushes out front. Problem was, the bushes were on opposites sides of the sidewalk that goes to my front steps, so I kept running into invisible spider silk when I went to get the mail. They seem to have given up now that it’s cooled off.
Nelle Coursey says
Wish I had that much energy!!
Rebecca in SoCal says
I watched a spider spin a web on my patio once. She had the radial lines (from center out) set up, and starting in the middle, she spiraled around outwards, barely pausing to anchor at each of those lines. It was quick, and pretty interesting to watch!
Susan Nixon says
It is interesting. I’ve had them out my back door on the deck several times. I don’t bother them, and they don’t bother me. I feel bad when it gets windy, though, and the web is destroyed.