Araneus -  Orb Weaver - Resting Under Seedhead by MotherNature

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I was going to call this a Marbled Orb Weaver because we have so many of them, but this spider is much more brown overall than the Marbled kind. So, it’s a mystery spider but Araneus for sure. The web is a beautiful orb connecting this seedhead to a bunch of other dried stalks of Black-Eyed Susan plants.

This type of spider builds or repairs it’s web every evening and finds a good resting place during the day. If the sun is shining and a hapless insect gets caught in the web, the spider springs into action and captures dinner; the spider is most active at night, however. Notice how well camouflaged it is beneath the seedhead.

These are common, relatively large, and often called by common names like “Cat-Face Spider” or “Cross Spider”.

This photo was taken September 10, 2012, in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, USA.

I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 2 years ago

    Great capture

  • You’re very kind – thanks!

    – MotherNature

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

    The spider is so well camouflaged, and I like that your photo illustrates an aspect of the spider’s characteristic behavior – well done!

  • They are numerous this year and have woven beautiful webs all around the gutters of the house – looks like arachnophobia:>) Thank you for your nice comment!

    – MotherNature

  • Susan Werby
    Susan Werbyover 1 year ago

    I like the muted soft look here, Carol!!! Interestingly, it looks like the seedhead has an eye looking at me!!! Great DoF…fave

  • We have a ton of these this year, for what ever reason, and their webs are everywhere. I even had to remove one that had a web from ceiling to bed cover; luckily, most are outside:>) Many thanks for your visit and the lovely comments and faves:>)

    – MotherNature

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