Last night, we returned home to find two spiders busy constructing an intricate web. Two webs, to be precise. Right next to each other.
Their webs were suspended between the roof of the carport and the washing line, and – thankfully – just above our heads.
My initial fright on almost touching the sticky threads with my head on the way to the back door, gave way to curiosity.
I grabbed my camera.
Both spiders had a bulbous, almost spherical body, probably about the size of your little finger(tip/nail) [the actual dimensions depend on whom you ask].
In the next shot, you can clearly see the silvery threads of the web.
I think it’s actually very beautiful! Look!
It was really difficult to get a good picture though. The camera was struggling to focus.
Firstly, the wind was fairly strong, and blustery, and so the silvery web was swaying back and forth. Secondly, the spiders themselves were engrossed in weaving additional threads to strengthen the web, and running backwards and forwards and around and around. And, thirdly, it was dark. I kept having to wave my arm to trigger the security light to turn on, so that I had enough light to see the spiders.
“How am I ever going to get a good shot to post on my blog?!” I wailed in despair.
Hubby obligingly took the camera from my hands and devoted the next half hour to playing around with the camera settings and taking one picture after another, until he had some good images. So it is thanks to his perseverance that you are now able to see what spidery creatures currently reside under our carport roof.
And he was lucky enough to witness the moment when a hapless Christmas beetle was windblown into one of the webs. Within moments, the spider – racing around and around its prey – had wrapped it up in a deadly and sticky cocoon.
Here is a close-up:
These spiders sure are excellent predators.
P.S. This morning, however, there was no sign of the web – or (disconcertingly) of the spiders. Perhaps they are only active at night? We’ll have to double-check later tonight.