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Sticky Business

A garden spider spinning a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've ever watched spiders trap their prey in their sticky webs, you've probably wondered: "Why don't spiders stick to their own webs?" We've watched countless spiders trap honey bees, syrphid flies and other hapless critters in their webs. The...

A garden spider spinning a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A garden spider spinning a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A garden spider spinning a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Garden spider wrapping its prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Garden spider wrapping its prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Garden spider wrapping its prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM
Tags: EurekaAlert (1), Naturwissenschaften (1), spider (13), webs (1)

Two for One

Mama spider snares two in one web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mama said there'd be days like this, There'd be days like this, Mama said... When Van Morrison wrote the lyrics to "Days Like This," a song popularized by The Shirelles, he probably wasn't thinking of a mama garden spider or her prey. Still, when...

Mama spider snares two in one web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mama spider snares two in one web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mama spider snares two in one web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 8:11 PM
Tags: garden spider (7), pollinators (30), spider (13)

Not a Good Day to Be a Bee

Spider crawls toward its prey, a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was not a good day to be a honey bee. But it was a good day to be a spider. For days we watched honey bees, sweat bees and syrphid flies visit a patch of alyssum and African daisies in our yard. Their floral visits did not go unnoticed. A crafty...

Spider crawls toward its prey, a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Spider crawls toward its prey, a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spider crawls toward its prey, a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spider dining on a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Spider dining on a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spider dining on a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 8:23 PM
Tags: honey bee (195), spider (13)

Black Widow!

Black Widow Spider

The very presence of a black widow spider, shiny black with a globe-shaped abdomen, strikes fear in most people.And not just on Halloween."Many spiders will bite when trapped but black widow spiders (Theridiidae: Latrodectus) are the most dangerous North...

Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider

BLACK WIDOW SPIDER touches her gumdrop-sized egg sac, suspended from her web in a UC Davis parking garage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Weight Lifting
Weight Lifting

BLACK WIDOW SPIDER lifts her egg sac. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 8:41 PM

She Didn't Come Home Last Night

Bee Gone

She didn't come home last night. The little honey bee at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, University of California, Davis, wound up in a spider's stomach. This morning we stopped by the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, the half-acre...

Bee Gone
Bee Gone

BEE GONE--A webweaving spider with "breakfast," a honey bee in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee and the Spider
Bee and the Spider

PREDATOR munches on its prey, a New World Carniolan bee, reared by UC Davis bee geneticist-breeder Susan Cobey, who also does research for Washington State University. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM

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