Sunday, May 10, 2015

Itsy Bitsy Spiders

It's been overcast and cloudy most mornings lately, but a few days ago the sun shone brightly on half a dozen dewy spider webs in one of the crape myrtles. What was odd to me was that most of the webs were built horizontally or at 45 degree angles. The web in this photo is the only one that was built vertically. Like the other webs it's only about six inches in diameter. Each web was guarded at its perimeter by a small (and quick) greenish-yellow spider,  with a narrow body and very long front legs. They were too fast and too small for me to photograph, but I'm pretty sure they were some kind of Long-Jawed Orb Weaver or Tetragnathid, sometimes called Stretch Spiders. I like finding the names of my garden's inhabitants.

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