Garden Spiders

by Bethany Plonski October. 29, 2018 353 views

This little (ha!) lady was hanging out at the community garden looking very well fed.

Argiope aurantia

Argiope aurantia

A few weeks ago, we had a garden spider (not the one pictured above) build a web right by our front door. I figured she'd only stay a day or two because we use the front door frequently, but she ended up staying for a while and filling her web with all kinds of creepy goodies, including a male garden spider and what I thought were little egg clusters. She also nearly doubled in size during that time.

One morning she was gone, so we assumed she'd moved on. When we returned from our walk, we noticed some activity up at the top of the front porch and saw this:

My husband thought that she had kidnapped and killed someone's hamster overnight, but no. That is a giant sac of spider eggs. I am amazed that one spider can produce so many! And I'm not sure if she relocated it overnight or has just been traveling back and forth between the web and the eggs the whole time. Guess I need to be paying better attention to my front porch!

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Greg Blaney 1 year, 2 months ago

I like your spider pictures, Bethany, although I admit to having moderately severe arachnophobia. As a result, the first two were fine but the third one freaked me a little. Are you sure that's not some neighborhood kid wrapped up under that spider?

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Greg Blaney 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you, Greg! I am pretty afraid of spiders myself, but it helped to know that this kind rarely harms people. Still, whenever they move suddenly, I take off running. :) And that's exactly what I thought at first, that it was some kind of prey all wrapped up!

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Andi Saw 1 year, 2 months ago

You can relax, because the spiderlings will come out, completely formed, in Spring. The sac will turn brown as a coconut. 
But, better you don't leave the egg sac in your porch or veranda or a closed place, because one sac can hold from 300 to 1400 spiderlings. smile 
Love the shot blue heart

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you! And wow, that's a lot of spiderlings! scream I'm worried about leaving them there too, so I probably need to read up on how to move them. Eek!

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George Kunschman 1 year, 2 months ago

#3 you sure that's not an egg from your kitchen? Great clarity!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to George Kunschman 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you! It's wild isn't it? Pretty much the same size.

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Joe Zink 1 year, 2 months ago

Nice macro work, Bethany!
Now, don't ever show us spiders again... grinning

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Joe Zink 1 year, 2 months ago

Your comment cracked me up! I'm still pretty scared of spiders overall, so I can probably make that happen!

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Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

#3 is fascinating. Never seen that before! Thx for showing, Bethany!

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

I hadn't either. Nature is full of surprises!

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