Here at home in Southeast Missouri I ride my ATV more than I do in any other vehicle on a daily basis. Every day finds me traveling the woods trails for one place to another on the ATV. This is the type of surprise I often get right in the face as I travel these trails, a spiderweb.
This fine specimen of spider architecture was about two feet in diameter and just face high with me sitting on the ATV. Lucky it was a foggy morning and I saw it before I wiped it out with my face.
Spider webs are such amazing feats of construction, the anchor points of this one are over 10 feet off of the ground and over 8 feet apart. I know spiders can not really fly but how do they get from one place to another to anchor a web like this in four to six different points then back to the center to create this fantastically designed trap. How can such tiny creatures even see such a huge – to them – area and plan such intricate constructions. I know your answer, “Watch the Animal Planet!”
Sony Cybershot 12.1 on macro