Spider Web | Cast a Net

The sun was low in the east as I returned from a morning walk. Dried weed stalks from last year stood 3-4 ft tall between me and the sun. Near the top of many of them were small spider webs about 3-5 inches across. Each was covered with dew drops reflecting the sunlight. They deserved a closer look.

As I peered down for a better look, I wondered if the spider architect was sitting anywhere nearby? I couldn’t see any spider on this one.

Moving to another plant, I got down on one knee and noticed the lower angle of the sunlight caused it to reflect better showing the structure more clearly. It was a tangle of strands. Still no spider was visible.

I bent farther down to look under the web and found the spider hanging upside-down. Very clever of you.

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14 thoughts on “Spider Web | Cast a Net

  1. shoreacres

    That’s quite a web. Big and messy isn’t the worst way to go after your prey. I wonder if spiders that build webs like this are more successful hunters than the ones that build pretty, symmetrical webs.

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  2. Val

    Probably a funnel-web spider. Their ‘webs’ (such as they are) tend to hang from the branches of bushes and low branched trees and can look a mess or quite beautiful, depending on the atmospheric conditions and the spider. Look out for them when it’s been raining or there is dew – the droplets look enchanting hanging from them. Also – beware – these spiders bite!

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    1. Jim R Post author

      Thank you. They aren’t mine either. They are my phobia. I keep it mostly well controlled. Big ones are the worst challenge. They do weave some wild webs.

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  3. Mrs. P

    From your description, I knew it was an orb spider of some sorts. I had once moved into a rental that had been vacant for a while but it was a cute little house with a large garage at an excellent price.

    As I began sweeping off the front porch I came across a black widow and beat it to death with my broom…and then there was another…and another. I was freaking out wailing my broom, hair flying madly and having huge second thoughts about the place. I had a friend who was an exterminator and asked him to take a look at the place. He showed me the same webs you pictured all about the back yard and told me they were all black widows.

    I read up on them and they are not the easiest to get rid of because you have to hit the underside to kill them. My friend was successful and about a month later I did move in. I waited a month to make sure there were no babies surviving. I never had a problem after that and the place was a great home for a couple of years…but I won’t wander into any areas that have those webs again!

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  4. underswansea

    Hi Jim and Melanie, wonderful post and pictures! There is nothing like the feeling of walking in the bush and feeling your face break through a spider web. Sometimes they are hard to see. I wouldn’t want to do it with the one in your photograph. Take care. Bob

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