Webnesday (19)

Yesterday, as we drove out of our garage for an adventure, CD suddenly (but gently) stopped the car and said to me, “You’d better get your camera.” Usually I’m the one who requests a stop when I’ve seen something interesting, and this was a very pleasant surprise. She had spotted a rather large spider in the middle of what appeared to be open space. When I went over for a closer look, I saw that an orb weaver had constructed a web that stretched from the grass below all the way to the branches of a tree, some ten feet above. This is, I believe, the largest web I’ve seen except for a few in Florida and Australia.

Neoscona crucifera 2309The wind was blowing gently but fairly steadily, and it was difficult to get a really sharp image, and it took me around 40 tries to get this one. I’ve made a tentative (but pretty confident) identification that she was a Neoscona crucifera. I hope I get a chance to find her again, under calmer conditions.  (Click on the photo for a higher-resolution image.)

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17 Responses to Webnesday (19)

  1. wolke205 says:

    Oh my goodness…this is so scary, that even the spider wants to hide :D

    • krikitarts says:

      Oh, come now, Frauke, she’s only scary if you’re a flying insect that can’t see something that’s probably bigger than you are hanging in the middle of a big, open space. On the other hand, you should know my Webnesday posts by now. I didn’t really think anyone would consider this one particularly scary–though she surely is exceedingly bristly…

  2. Vicki says:

    10 feet is an amazing web. Pretty good shot for a windy day. You’ve done well with the conditions.

  3. Winnie says:

    Your wife’s the best! Not everyone would delay plans for a positive experience with a spider.

  4. benrowef64 says:

    Beautifully sharp, great find.

  5. Mike Powell says:

    It’s always great to have a spotted when you are photographing wildlife. Wonderful shot under trying conditions–most of us would have given up after significantly fewer attempts.

  6. You got good sharpness in the spider’s foremost parts, considering that the web and its rider were moving in the breeze.

  7. Adrian Lewis says:

    Yesterday, a spider had spun a web between my car and the one parked next to it – an enterprise doomed to failure, although I’ve had spiders living inside my car’s side mirrors for years, and they often spin webs that attach to the bodywork or windows. Oh yes, and with the onset of autumn, we are back into huge House Spiders charging around the house once more – one powering up over the sofa yesterday evening almost made me spill my beer! A

    • krikitarts says:

      Now that’s a serious almost-accident! I’ve never had a spider weave a web in a side mirror here, but I’ve seen a number of them when we visit our daughters in New Zealand. They must be related and belong to certain varieties that are partial to quirky accents.

      • Adrian Lewis says:

        I love “quirky accents” – wonderful phraseology, if that’s the word – oh you rude person, you!!! :-D !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • krikitarts says:

        ‘Twasn’t intended to be perceived as rude at all, and if that was your first impression, I apologize, though I fully realize that my choice of “quirky” might possibly be so construed. Being a student of languages, I find myself fascinated by any new variation in pronunciation that I may overhear, and the temptation not only to sidle over and listen more closely, but also eventually to inquire as to the person’s origin, is nearly overpowering. Of course, I have yet to hear you speak or sing, but I’ve had numerous opportunities to visit the UK and always have been delighted to meet new folks and converse. I remember clearly my first visit to Cork…

      • Adrian Lewis says:

        My dear friend, not the slightest offence was taken – its me, remember? – and my use of “rude” was purely in jest! And yes, you’ve never heard me speak or sing and, not thinking about leaving these hallowed shores, I’ve been having vague thoughts about that … ;)

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