Monday, November 28

Skilled lace maker?

We came across a couple of spider webs on the plot the weekend before last. ( Just hadn't got round to posting the photos).
One was on the soil and the other was in the compost heap. 
The water droplets caught in the web twinkled in the sunlight
I'm not sure what type of spider is responsible for this lace-work but it's beautiful!

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful Each one a work of art (with a sinister purpose of course!) What a lot of work goes into making just one web. I wonder how many webs a typical spider spins during its lifetime...

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  2. Beautiful - I too took some shots when we had all that fog it really made the webs stand out where you wouldn't normally notice them.

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  3. I have never seen webs made on soil. That look very artistic.

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  4. It's amazing how quickly they can make them, Mark you may remember I posted a video of a spider in action on this post

    I've really been waiting for the lacy webs that string between plants, Elaine but have seen any yet dappled with raindrops.

    They tend to be over a hole Diana so the spider can wait hidden in the hole.

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  5. It's amazing how intricate spider's webs are. They do look like lace.

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  6. Nice idea photographing them wet - I spend ages trying to capture spider webs but rarely manage to focus on the right point, or else the background is too distracting etc etc etc.

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  7. They are intricate Jo and it's fascinating to watch them spinning.

    I've seen some photographers spray glycerine on the web, Liz. You can also pop a piece of black paper behind them to make them stand out. One problem is that as they are so delicate the camera can focus on the background.

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  8. Look like very tedious work done by the spider!

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  9. But rewarding for it if it catches its dinner Malar

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  10. I'm not a fan of spiders. There are loads of webs around my garden as well. I always tell myself they will eat aphids so I can see a positive side (although not sure they actually eat aphids).

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  11. Any insect that ends up in their web will be eaten, Kelli and some of the spiders that don't make webs but hunt instead will I am sure eat them. The more I learn about spiders the more fascinating I find them to be!

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  12. So beautiful, the more so for being also so fragile and temporary.

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  13. I'm on the lookout for more Janet. By the way did you notice that I had managed to acquire an hydrangea.
    I mentioned it here

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  14. I love to see the spider webs on frosty mornings as the sun is rising...they are truly amazing creatures to create such fine artwork!

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