Comments & ID Thoughts
Furrow Orb Weaver on its web on our back porch. That big dragonfly is quite a catch! The spider stayed away for a day and a half until the dragonfly weakened and then moved in for the kill. The next morning, just the wings were on the deck floor.
It was fun to watch her spinning her Charlotte-style web. She started around 8:40 every evening, or else whenever we turned on the porch lights after that. The whole web took her around 20 minutes! What an artisan.
This big girl was the queen of our deck. She was this size already in May and produced at least 2 batches of young this summer. Both sizes of young are all over the deck now in September. Sometimes it's a little hard to walk out the door in the morning for all the webs! The momma disappeared on September 1st.
On our deck, the Furrow Orb Weavers own the house windows and the Long-jawed Orb Weavers take the deck railing. Between them they keep the mosquito population pretty well under control!