For the love of all that's holy, please identify this arachnid!
Mister P I wholeheartedly agree. I have no desire to get up close in the real world to some of the more amazing exotic species (like those Harry the spider keeps) but I find them fascinating and many species are utterly stunning to look at.
Why people feel the need to squish or hoover them is a total mystery to me, especially our genteel British species.Posted 4 months agoCountZeroMember
My garden is full of Orb Weavers, mainly because I’m never out there to disturb their webs, perfectly happy to let them be, until everything stops growing for the winter and I get out there and dig up or cut down some stuff I don’t like, and plant some stuff that won’t block light so much.Posted 4 months agoDezBSubscriber
Yes, its a garden spider. I’ve got a pet one at the mo. Did you know – they can LEARN?Posted 4 months ago
This one built its web on my porch. It broke when I leant my bike against the wall, so it rebuilt it. Then it broke when I mowed the lawn. It rebuilt it, but this time right across the entrance. I removed it twice, so now it’s rebuilt it on the side, with the fixing strands away from the path. So clever.
Big one it is too.FuzzyWuzzyMember
I have ones that live behind each wing mirror on my car, the one on the driver’s side stopped attaching web strands to the window so it doesn’t get screwed up when I drop it. I occasionally tap the web so his legs appear (the vibrating when it’s blowing a bit as I drive doesn’t seem to fool him though). It’s always a shame when it’s rained as the extra weight means the web gets blown off when I drive, I always figure he’ll have a busy/tiring day 🙁Posted 4 months ago
If you have one on the wall you can create a little maze for it with a wet bar of soap.
They aren’t able to cross the moist soapy, lines because they have tiny oily hairs on their feet which allow them to stick to vertical surfaces.
Hours of fun if there’s nothing on telly.Posted 4 months agoteaselMember
Wasps love to prey on those fat-bodied buggers. Every year one or sometimes two larger wasps will hover around the window searching for them.
It’s a bit of a standoff and I can see why the wasps hunt in pairs – one goes in while the other comes in from behind. One sting and that’s it – a few seconds later the spider falls to the floor and with barely any resistance gets eaten alive from behind by the wasps. When they’ve had their fill the remains of the still moving carcass is not too dissimilar to the way in which a whale has its flesh removed in squares.
Harsh nature…Posted 4 months ago
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