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Yellow garden spider

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by fishingpol, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    My neighbor showed me this spider in his tomato plants. The abdomen was the size of a small cherry tomato. Pretty big sucker, being just over 2" long legs and all. The markings are stunning.

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  2. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Haven't seen one of those since I was a kid.
    Nice pics.
  3. Delta-T

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    nice, my dad gets these all over his garden....apparently they weave the thick zig-zag so birds can see the web and avoid it, saving the spider the work of having to rebuild so frequently.....thats what I've read, anywho.
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  4. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Saw them in Virginia every summer. Interesting.
  5. Shadow&Flame

    Shadow&Flame Minister of Fire

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    We have the all around the house. I even have to watch out for the really big ones if they get too close to the humming bird feeders. I have found a couple of humming birds in the webs before. Very cool looking spiders...
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    fox9988 Minister of Fire

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    When I was a kid, we would throw grasshoppers in their webs. Cheap entertainment.
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    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I heard another theory that the zigzag is fluorescent and attracts insects. As insects get wise to it, they weave a new pattern. Saw a video of this in action that was pretty convincing, but my ability to communicate with arachnids is greatly diminished with my new medication.
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  8. ScotO

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    I feel a bit better now! We did the same damm thing, with crickets and fireflies!!
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  9. Beetle-Kill

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    I believe it's an Orb Weaver. Lots of different varieties.
    I feed mine small moths, I want it outside and happy, not inside and hungry.
    edit- My spider has the same markings as the Predator's head. It looks really creepy after dark.
  10. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Yep, Orb weaver looks correct too. There are several different names they go by.
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    My Grandma told me that if you saw yours, or anyones, initials in the web, that meant you, or they, were going to die soon. Glad my names don't start with V or W.

    The one you have there looks rather well fed or pregnant.

    jc
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  12. Shadow&Flame

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    Today I went out looking for my spiders and all but one are gone...and he has a couple of legs missing. What eats them?
    Birds or maybe Bats?
  13. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    I was at my neighbors looking for his too. I could not find it anywhere. The zig zag in the web had faded and was not so clear and vibrant.

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