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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 30, 2015 11:51 AM CST
A spider is not a pest so I posted this here. IDK anything about spiders. But i found this web nothing short of incredible
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Name: Greene
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greene
May 30, 2015 4:10 PM CST
I think it is an Orb Weaver spider. And yes, it is an incredible web.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 30, 2015 4:23 PM CST
Orb Weaver?! They eat mosquitoes!!! Hurray!
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 31, 2015 2:27 PM CST
Another day, another web. Orb Weavers make a new web everyday. It is so small and delicate, its hard to get the camera in focus.

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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
May 31, 2015 3:06 PM CST
That is INCREDIBLE I tip my hat to you. What an amazing creature Lovey dubby
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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 29, 2015 9:13 AM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:A spider is not a pest so I posted this here. IDK anything about spiders. But i found this web nothing short of incredible
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Yes golden orb weaver. The zig zag pattern gets longer as it gets older
Brenden
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jul 29, 2015 9:24 AM CST
Orb weavers seem to have a season here. About 3 weeks ago I started seeing a few small spiders. Now there are more and more. By fall the spiders won't be small anymore. I had a friend tell me recently that he read where you are never more than 8" away from a spider - anywhere, anytime. I'm not sure about that, but there are an incredible number around here from almost invisible they are so tiny to scary, hairy ones; stubby ones, skinny ones - they whole gamut.
Donald
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 29, 2015 10:59 AM CST
I love spiders! That the Orb Weaver's web decorates my yard is even better! MUCH better than those that tangle up in my face and fingers.
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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
Jul 29, 2015 11:22 AM CST
This spider is about as cool as your Orb Weaver:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2531107/Myste...
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 29, 2015 11:26 AM CST
@pistil. How COOL is that!! Thumbs up
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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Chillybean
Jul 30, 2015 9:24 AM CST
I have been hoping to see one of these. We have other Orb Weavers here. This is a Writing Spider, Argiope aurantia. Yours looks like a male.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_aurantia
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 30, 2015 10:30 AM CST
Ok, cool, @chillybean. So not an Orb Weaver but a Writing Spider. Cute name! I -will remember that....I hope! (insert crossing your fingers icon)
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Jul 30, 2015 10:41 AM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:Ok, cool, @chillybean. So not an Orb Weaver but a Writing Spider. Cute name! I -will remember that....I hope! (insert crossing your fingers icon)


It's still an Orb Weaver, but just a species within that family. Smiling I had seen photos of this spider before, so recognized it. I like learning the names of the insects in our yard. And if they do not have a common name, I give them one!
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Jul 30, 2015 10:43 AM CST
Oh, that's funny. It's been interesting learning this forum's quirks. I just was notified that I tagged myself when I quoted you, @ShadyGreenThumb.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 30, 2015 10:48 AM CST
@Chillybean. Oh lawdy! I have enough trouble remembering species of plants let alone all the bugs in my yard! hahaha Rolling on the floor laughing Then I will stick with Orb Weav-er cuz it is in my memory banks already.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Jul 30, 2015 12:13 PM CST
My outside journey began with birds, so you have to understand how hard insects, and now plants are for me. Birds usually have one Common name. Maybe a different one in the past, like the Hair Sparrow. It's our everyday Chipping Sparrow that will use hair as nesting material. But if you were to search some database for Chipping Sparrow, you will get one entry...Spizella passerina.

I find plants just plain nuts! :)

I keep lists of the native bugs and plants on our property, so this helps remind me since I refer to them often. If it doesn't get on the list, I may not remember it.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Jul 30, 2015 5:23 PM CST
Mine is just a common garden-variety web, but it amazed me by its size.
It was a one-time-e4vent, like my avatar. I haven't yet seen any other webs even 1/10th or 1/20th as big.

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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Aug 2, 2015 1:43 PM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:... I have enough trouble remembering species of plants let alone all the bugs in my yard! hahaha Rolling on the floor laughing Then I will stick with Orb Weav-er cuz it is in my memory banks already.


Something else I've discovered that makes it harder to keep track of bug names... the larvae will have a different Common name than the adult. A few examples.
Woolly Bear= Isabella Tiger Moth
Corn Rootworm= Leaf Beetle
Grubs= June Beetles (and other species)

Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Aug 16, 2015 11:30 AM CST
I spent the morning pulling weeds and on the patio had to duck to walk through due to spider webs, I just let them be,
they want to just hang out...LOL, and live their life too, I even saw him and he was very pretty, and on the large size,
seemed like he came to say hi to me.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 16, 2015 3:12 PM CST
Where I live we have Black Widow as well as Brown Widow Spiders. I don't mind so much to see a Black Widow because my brain instantly recognized the danger; but seeing the Brown Widow my mind just says, "Chill. Relax. Hey, it's only a brown spider...no danger." I need to have a talk with my mind. Whistling
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"

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