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Labor Day Travails

Western spotted orb weaver snares and wraps a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Today (Labor Day) began just like any other day. And it ended just like any other day, except for the Labor Day celebrations that we humans plan. For Nature's predators and prey that frequent our garden, however, it was an intertwining of life and...

Western spotted orb weaver snares and wraps a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Western spotted orb weaver snares and wraps a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western spotted orb weaver snares and wraps a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The spider's spots are visible in this photo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The spider's spots are visible in this photo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The spider's spots are visible in this photo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

After tugging the honey bee into the tower of jewels, the spider proceeds to eat it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
After tugging the honey bee into the tower of jewels, the spider proceeds to eat it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

After tugging the honey bee into the tower of jewels, the spider proceeds to eat it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This honey bee narrowly missed being a target of the spider.  It is nectaring on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This honey bee narrowly missed being a target of the spider. It is nectaring on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This honey bee narrowly missed being a target of the spider. It is nectaring on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Acrobatic Spider

A western spotted orb weaver, Neoscona oaxacensis, finishing its web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oh, what serious webs they weave. Perfect concentric circles. Perfect for snagging prey. Perfect for capturing a few photographic images. Orb weavers take on the classic shape popularized by Charlotte the spider in E.B. White's children's book,...

A western spotted orb weaver, Neoscona oaxacensis, finishing its web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A western spotted orb weaver, Neoscona oaxacensis, finishing its web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A western spotted orb weaver, Neoscona oaxacensis, finishing its web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western spotted orb weaver patrolling its web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Western spotted orb weaver patrolling its web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western spotted orb weaver patrolling its web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Note the round or globular abdomen on this western spotted orb weaver. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Note the round or globular abdomen on this western spotted orb weaver. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Note the round or globular abdomen on this western spotted orb weaver. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM
 
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