Thursday, October 18, 2012

Weaving and Waiting for Dinner to Arrive

This beautiful spider, a Golden Silk Orb Weaver, (Nephila clavipes) was hanging out by the trail we hiked that ran along the shore of Lake Seminole. There were lots of webs in the woods. At one point, B said he thought that there was one thick enough to snare one of the yearling deer we saw. (We saw eleven deer in several sightings at Three Rivers State Park that afternoon.) While to catch a deer is clearly a stretch, I read that the Golden Silk Orb Weaver sometimes catches small birds and bats in their webs and consumes them. This one is female, as the males are tiny and have different coloration.

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