Fall Spider Webs

My favorite boy toy found this for me in our front yard.  It was huge!

What was interesting was that the bottom point of the web was held down by a piece of mulch from underneath it that just dangled from the silk.

The spider in it was huge too.  I didn’t get a picture of it all spread out – it moved fast!  Its eyesight was better than the dogs.  This is from early the next morning where I think it got too cold and couldn’t get back up into the tree where it was living.

Thanks goes to Chris at The Dragonfly Woman who helped me identify this as a Neoscona.  Here’s a link if you want to see examples of how it looks stretched out.  The spider in my photograph stretched out to about 3″ from tip to tip.  The body was probably the size of a quarter.

I didn’t see it again after this.  There has been a nest of mockingbirds in that tree and I suspect one of the birds got it.

Here’s another spider web, taken last year in the front yard.  I never saw the spider that made it, but it sure was pristine when I lightly sprayed it with some water.

I love ’em!

9 thoughts on “Fall Spider Webs

  1. A perfect illustration of my poem! Wonderful shots. There are mornings driving to work, if the dew has been heavy or even light frost, and the sun is just right, we see the webs EVERYWHERE. Some of the cedars will look as if decorated for Halloween.

    • It does illustrate your poem – I thought that yesterday except that your poem mentioned cedars and that’s clearly a holly in the last web. Actually, both webs are on holly’s. I’m surprised we don’t see more spiders and webs. By August in the Midwest, they were everywhere. You could always tell when the switch flipped and the spider just spun away all night long.

  2. Their webs are amazing. I have one that weaves a web each night from the awning over the back door to the house, determined to catch all the bugs that visit the porch light. And the lady who exits the back door and not paying attention…

    • I’ve had the same problem. I know I’m not being attacked by a spider, but it’s just a big old yuck factor to walking into one. Last year some spider kept building a web between my car and the garage and yep, every morning I walked into it.

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