A Lesson in Spider Webs

Posted by F&S

We don't know why it is, but there seems to be an unusually large number of spider webs all around the farm.  That can only mean that there is an unusually large number of spiders!  We're not to keen on spiders, but they are rather fascinating creatures.

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Sharkey, morning is a very good time to look for spider webs because the webs attract the morning dew, making them easy to spot.

1 Sharkey, morning is a very good time to look for spider webs because the webs attract the morning dew, making them easy to spot.

Franny, there are several different types of spider webs made by different kinds of spiders.  This one is known as a sheet web and the spider is usually found beneath it waiting for prey.  The web protects the spider from hungry birds.

2 Franny, there are several different types of spider webs made by different kinds of spiders. This one is known as a sheet web and the spider is usually found beneath it waiting for prey. The web protects the spider from hungry birds.

A very common spider web is called an orb web.  I think I see one over here.

3 A very common spider web is called an orb web. I think I see one over here.

Yes, this is a fine example of an orb web and look!  There's even a mosquito trapped in it!  Better there than flying around spreading West Nile Virus.

4 Yes, this is a fine example of an orb web and look! There's even a mosquito trapped in it! Better there than flying around spreading West Nile Virus.

Another type of web is an araneomorph funnel-web.  Really fast spiders wait down in the funnel and practically leap out when an insect passes over.

5 Another type of web is an araneomorph funnel-web. Really fast spiders wait down in the funnel and practically leap out when an insect passes over.

This is a Argiope garden spider.  It is an orb weaver and has striking black, yellow, and orange markings.  Their webs may span two feet or more in diameter as you can see, the spider has woven a decoration in the center.

6 This is a Argiope garden spider. It is an orb weaver and has striking black, yellow, and orange markings. Their webs may span two feet or more in diameter as you can see, the spider has woven a decoration in the center.

Oh, Franny, what do we have here?

7 Oh, Franny, what do we have here?

Look!  It's a wolf spider, a very robust and agile hunter with excellent eyesight, which is little wonder since wolf spiders have eight eyes!

8 Look! It's a wolf spider, a very robust and agile hunter with excellent eyesight, which is little wonder since wolf spiders have eight eyes!

Sharkey, there is one more thing to look at.  This is a silk egg sac, in which a female lays up to 3,000 eggs.  Baby spiders pass all their larval stages inside the sac and hatch as spiderlings.  That's a lot of babies!

9 Sharkey, there is one more thing to look at. This is a silk egg sac, in which a female lays up to 3,000 eggs. Baby spiders pass all their larval stages inside the sac and hatch as spiderlings. That's a lot of babies!

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  • Oh no, I did it again. Had my comment all typed and then I hit a wrong key and away it went. Geez.
    Well, I will start over. I never knew there were all those different types of spider webs. And that one spider was very brightly colored. I never saw one like that. Good job Francesca and Sharkey.
    What did everyone do this weekend? Gibbs had to go for a check up to see how everything is going since his surgery last Sunday. He is doing great. No more meds. He can run around like a little nut again.
    I will check back with you all later.
    Love.
    Maddox

  • Hello Ladies,
    You 2 girls could be Biology/Zoology teachers you know so much living on that wonderful farm. I agree that maybe the best thing about them is that they catch those nasty mosquitos that cause West Nile. Maybe some ticks also. Maddox, I am glad Gibbs is doing better and off his meds---just in time to watch the season premire of NCIS tomorrow night. Only 37 days until my craft show. I am in warp mode now. Next week I start baking the Warrior Prince Biscuits. I bake so many, that you all will be able to smell them I think. Hope everyone's weekend was grand and will check in later.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    That was a short weekend for me. Now it’s back to the “daily grind” for me. I make it sound like so much to do but I catch up on my naps I missed this weekend. Mommy and Daddy were gone about four hours each morning this weekend. When they are not here I am in charge. I don’t sleep much; I watch the house. I’m a dog and that’s what dogs do. Daddy said something about fixing a fan on the camper; guess I’ll be alone for a while today too. I don’t pay much attention to spiders unless they are in my house. If I find one, I point it out to Mommy. I like to here her yell and dance around until Daddy goes after it. Mommy usually let’s them see what the inside of the vacuum cleaner looks like. Hehehehehe.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Oh darn, darn, darn, I clicked and viewed the spiders!!!! :-( I have acrophobia and it made me sick to look at these creatures, especially the Wolf Spider (a story behind that) sorry about that F & S!

    Kitty has a routine, every morning when she gets me up we go in the bathroom with her right on my heels, she goes to all the corners and clears all spiders...normally there aren't any because I make sure of that, but occasionally one will sneak in and she remembers this...so funny. :-)

    My hubby just saw the Coyote or Fox run across the street between the house again...I think it's a Fox, usually we only see Coyotes during the winter. Kitty just watches the action.

    Today will be a gorgeous day in the 70's and most of the week will follow with the same...hurray!

    I have to sort my 700+ digital photos from our River Cruise, what a job! Can't seem to get going.

    OK I will not lie I had a piece of hubbies BD cake...just the frosting since that's the sweetest...terrible sweet addiction.

    Hello with Hugs and Purrs from,

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Good morning ladies,
    What a great lesson! We have our share of spiders, too. Mimi says they are great outside. That wolf spider is really scary. Woof!
    Well, everybody, I have the mange. I've been on medicine and sleeping a lot. I have eardrops, too. I have shampoo, but Mimi says no baths til Dr Becky gets some conditioner. I start a weekly shot tomorrow. Whew. I think the Vetadryl is kicking in (makes me sleepy) and I'm all bundled up in my bed to keep warm. Dr Becky says that I can't operate any heavy machinery while I'm on Vetadryl (funny lady).
    Sure am glad that little Gibbs is running around and thanks Cora Belle, I sure could use some of your fur today!
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel
    Hey, Lynn, I'll be watching NCIS, too & having a Warrior Prince Biscuit. (thanks for the recipe!)

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, This was a fascinating blog today all about those spiders! We have a lot of them in our yard and we keep running into their webs! They do a good job of getting rid of some bugs and mosquitoes! Maddox, my Mom did the same thing when commenting on Martha's blog this morning and she is not happy but will try again as soon as I finish here! I don't have a Dad, just 2 uncles who live at our home! Kirby, hope you have a relaxing day! We had a crazy weekend, too! Abby, you are so thoughtful and one of the best-love you and JD! Cora-Belle, how is Lucinda after visiting Dr.? James sure is a good babysitter! Delia, I'm just like Kitty! I follow Mom everywhere and check out every place! Rebel, so sorry that you have mange-sure hope you get better real soon, buddy! Will check back later! Hope you all have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good Morning F & S

    So I missed everyone last week mom was SO busy at work I got no computer time.

    I've notice a lot more of those nasy spider webs too!! I hate when I run behind the bushes and one gets stuck all over my face it's gross. And are they super strong or what! Mom had the leaf blower out trying to get them off around the front porch lights and they wouldn't budge. She had to go get a broom and sweep them off.

    It feels like fall today I was chilly this morning I didn't feel like leaving the bed. I snuggled close to mom last night I might need to get out my sweaters.

    Lynn mom can't wait till she gets her Christmas cards and we hope you sell lots of stuff so you can get your new little baby soon :)

    Zoe

  • I'm sorry all I can muster today is a resounding 'Ick'..

    I'm not a spider girl! Or a spider man! :)

    However, a great lesson in webbery...

    gail

  • Hello Sharkey, Francesca, Dudley, Rebel, Delia, Kitty, Lynn and my buddies-
    Nice spiders and webs! Mom loves the pictures and took photos of different webs in high school years ago with a 35mm camera. She still loves black and white old time photography and spiders pose well... Good job Kitty getting rid of the webs for your Mom Delia. Rebel, hope you feel better real soon! Dudley, we love you too and jimmy sends purrs. Maddox, so glad little Gibbs is doing better. Kirby, good work protecting the home!
    Well we had lightning strike a big pine tree next to our house on saturday.. was really loud but I was brave, Corabelle would be proud. Our home is ok. Lynn, glad your craft fair is coming up soon. Mom is busy making new bracelets and getting ready for Halloween! She has Martha's awesome new Halloween magazine!! Great stuff!
    Maddox, you must be brave to watch NCIS. I am going to cuddle with mom tonight as she is off today. Have a great night glue squad buddies! Abby and Jimmy

  • Where are you Cora Belle and Abby? James Dean? We need to hear from all you guys. Also, Pam, Poco!!!!!
    Baby Favor!!!! It's Fall and getting cooler, so I know you all can't be by the pool.
    Hugs,
    Lynn

  • ..Hi everybody..really late posting today..the Chiweenies came by with their people to thank us for helping them...I gave the Chiweenies sweaters and mini porcupines to remember me by...then i got so excited I spun around and fell in my water bowl...water everywhere..you would not think 2 gallons would go so far!...Rebel, I know some meds really make us tired..but just curl up and rest and let the medicine work its magic..I am worn out..must eat a warrior prince cookie and get some rest..over and out..Cora-Belle

  • You know, Raven Baby, I've noticed at our house that there are a lot more spiders this year than usual. I really enjoyed reading about the different types of webs. Mom does not worry about spiders at all, it's mice that freak her out. It is Willa the cat's job to keep those from getting in the house. If anyone slips past her I suspect I could learn it a thing or two. We are all fine here, thank you for asking Miss Lynn; it just seems hard to get on the computer these days. Mom is getting ready to go to the French Bulldog National Specialty with her and FirstMama's dog booth business. I just found out that I get to come along and ride shotgun! She is also working on getting her dog massage business up and running (and she practices on me!!! Well, and Millie too.)

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