Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Writing Spider

If you're not a fan of spiders, sorry! This spider/web was by my favorite swamp area this morning. I stopped to see what was up at the swamp on the long way to take Joey to school:-) I took several all web shots and several macro shots of just the spider. He's pretty cool and harmless. In this case, his web was low to the ground and relatively small. He was also smaller than I've seen. Often these guys build 3'-4' webs and are 2" long themselves.

In North America, Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the "black and yellow garden spider", or "writing spider," after the mistaken idea web stabilimenta were correspondence. Webs with the 'writing' tend to catch less bugs, but their higher visibility to birds keeps them from getting flown through and destroyed.

Joey and Johnny had one of these spiders outside their bedroom window the entire summer last year, but the screen was behind the web, and pictures of it were not noteworthy. The boys did enjoy watching the spider move around through the safety of their window, though.

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