Saturday, July 21, 2007

What kind of spider is this?

He's just ugly! We thought at first he was a fly caught in the Web, but this is the spider. He has a triangular sort of back. Maybe an egg sac? At right you see the spider's butt. And below you see the fancy Web he makes. He's smaller and differently shaped than the average Orb Weaver. I once saw a sparrow caught in an Orb Weaver's big, thick, sticky web. But this spider has a much thinner web that he runs across clear walking paths. The Orb Weaver tends to stay in gardens and weeds.One thing you don't want is to walk into that web face first. Yuck! We take a long stick with us when we walk in the woods at this time of year. Just to clear the way of webs. We don't intentionally tear down a spider's web but a lot of times you don't see them until you walk into them -- an unpleasant experience!

UpdateThe fabulous Pamela figured out what this spider is.


Blogger Fish-2 said...

I haven't a clue, but it's ugly. Okay, maybe it's pretty to another of it's species, but it's ugly to me.

We have some sort of rather large spider that webs around here in the fall. They'll usually move the web every two or three days. I found a spider expert online and sent him a picture. He said they were dangerous if I was a moth.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

We have a lot of harmless spiders around here to, but none of them as oogly as that one! They are great at killing wasps and flies, but I run into their webs a lot and it's a really yucky feeling! You win though... you've got the ugliest spider I think I've ever seen.

BTW, that's really great photography!

9:11 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

it is in the family of "spiny orb weavers"

about ugly as sin.

2:05 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

THANKS PAMELA! I was wondering what that was and no doubt. Interesting spider too.

9:24 AM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

That's cool!

11:01 AM  

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