an orb weaver.
the first time i noticed one like this, was about a year ago.
she was on the front porch...in the same area as this one.
she was much bigger than the one who spins her web out there now.
these Orb Weavers are nocturnal.
the ones usually seen are females. they have bigger, rounder bodies.
she waits...night after night...not just for a meal...but for a male too.
the males are smaller, and their main purpose in life is to seek out a mate.
then, after mating, he will likely become her next meal. poor guy.
she spins her web after dark...consumes it around dawn...hides all day...
and then repeats her web making the next night.
|consuming her web...|
|getting ready to retreat into the wind chime's bell...|
she will lay a large clutch of eggs. die at first frost. her babies will hatch in the spring.
Orb Weavers live approx. 1 - 2 years.
|and there she goes...into the bell...until dusk.|
the following is a video i saw on one of the blog's i read. cindy's blog: Bug Safari.
this is an unbelievable, amazing 5 minute MACRO 3D video.
not for the squeamish...or arachnophobes!
a successful catch.
Spider Catches Moth.
go to YouTube for LARGER version!
((just in case...when i publish this...the movie doesn't work, here's the link:))
i've had this picture of an email since before halloween.
since today's post is a spidery post...
i thought i should get this on here before too much more time passes.
i really felt sorry for Florida State Parks.
can you imagine how many people this email went to??
of course 'spell check' wouldn't fix this one...
because LOOSE IS A WORD.
just not the correct word for this sentence.
i don't think the state parks are on the loose...running around.
i think they are fearful of not enough money coming in...to keep things going...
and florida might LOSE some of their parks.
well, for many...today is the Thanksgiving celebration.
sam & i don't really 'celebrate'.
it's just us.
but since the stores are overloaded with turkeys...we always pick one up.
(well, we don't just pick it up to see what the dead weight of a turkey feels like...)
we buy one.
sam deep fries it. always.
|a turkey from the past...|
if we should ever have company...
i plan to give sam a break, and roast one to look like this...
(update! the boys...justin & travis are on their way up for a visit!
but it's too late for me to do one in that bikini. maybe next year!)
have a nice day.
if you're here in the states...enjoy the long weekend!
have a safe journey & enjoy the ride.
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