Webnesday (8), Part 2

Several folks have reported, in response to yesterday’s post, that they had fun trying to locate the little spider lying quietly along her branch, so I went back out this morning and found to my delight that she’s still there, although in a slightly different spot.  So here’s a follow-up with a closer portrait of her.  Still pretty darned good camouflage, eh?

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12 Responses to Webnesday (8), Part 2

  1. Excellent. She’s marvelous.

    • krikitarts says:

      She is indeed. It is such a blessing to have the time to devote to slowing down and taking in the little details that are so easily passed by in our busy lives. Well worth it, I’d say!

    • krikitarts says:

      That she is, Cindy. With all the predators around, especially the nuthatches, if they weren’t as good at camouflage, they wouldn’t be there for us, with our even-cleverer eyes, to spy!

  2. Amazing photo…Love the detail.

  3. victoriaaphotographyictoria says:

    It sure is excellent camouflage.
    Maybe that’s why I rarely see spiders – they’re always well camouflaged.

    • krikitarts says:

      And that’s good–from their viewpoint, at least. There are always other critters who would be quite happy to add the occasional spider to their diet, but it’s a case of evolution to the rescue. Spotting them adds to the challenge, and it’s well worth the extra time it takes.

  4. Mike Powell says:

    It’s a good thing that some of those legs are sticking out beyond the branch, because otherwise I might have been unable to see the spider. Spider behavior is endlessly fascinating for me. Some spiders may hang close to a branch like this one, but others seem to be willing to suspend themselves in mid-air in a web that resembles a bullseye.

    • krikitarts says:

      “Endlessly fascinating” is the key. One could spend a lifetime imagining eco-niches, and then find a spider to fill each one. This particular variety tends to sit in the middle of its orb-web when the web is not so obvious through dew-drop adornment, but when the web is so easy to see, the spider takes care to ensure that it is not. What a great plan!

  5. Finn says:

    Another great spider shot Gary! Is all of the web around the twig from that spider? Making spider web is a very energy intensive process, so if it’s hers, she’s put a lot of effort in.

    • krikitarts says:

      I’m quite confident that all of the web-strands that are visible here are hers alone. They appear to be quite territorial, and I’m sure that she’s the same one that I caught with my camera yesterday. I wish I had the time to set up an observation post and observe her carefully over the course of a whole day or two.

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