Thursday, September 22, 2005

Not So Itsy Bitsy

We found this spider outside our back door on a web that is at least two feet across. The stabilizing threads stretch six feet in some places to what used to be a little garden but is now a little weed heap. We blame its return to a natural state on spending more attention to Gretel than to landscaping. Back to the spider -- a few weeks ago we saw the same type of spider build a web that spanned our bedroom window. It stayed for a little while, then seemed to abandon the web altogether.

Does anyone have any idea what kind of spider this is? It seems to choose relatively protected spots for the webs and the diameter including the legs is 1.5-2 inches. The legs are kind of striped and if you click on the photo you'll see some marks on the abdomen that might indicate a specific spider if you knew what you were looking at. Please leave a note in the comments if you have any idea what's lurking around our house!

Edited to add: This afternoon I found an entry on Wildbell's site about this same type of spider -- an orb weaver (Araneus). What a coincidence! See this site for more information if you've got one of your own and scroll down to the 09/11/03 entry.

3 Comments:

At 9/23/2005 10:56 AM, Blogger Ciera said...

I have no idea...Have you tried, uhm, doing a web search? I mean, online!!!

here from Michele's today

 
At 9/23/2005 10:57 AM, Blogger RC said...

I'm not sure, but it looks like a very small spider. I hoped that helped!

Hi, Michele sent me!

I hope you have a nice weekend, Laura GF!

 
At 9/23/2005 5:01 PM, Anonymous Will Campbell said...

Hi Laura, Glad the entry on my site helped solve the mystery. - Will

 

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