My wife spends a lot of time tending her dahlias. When she shouts “spider”, I run for my camera! I was set up to take this one when it suddenly ran to a bee that had flown into its web. I took several shots of the spider wrapping up the bee, but what was most interesting to me was the number of very tiny web strands that it was generating to do the job. I couldn’t see them until I got the photo on the computer… It was also amazing to see how the spider took the bee from its initial position (entangled in many web strands) to a more convenient position for wrapping it up. It got the bee to be suspended between two multiple strands and then spun it like it was on a skewer. Nature is truly amazing.
Barry Hart, Concord, California
Spiders are wonderful creatures and their use of their webs is amazing, as you saw. Your beautiful photos really illustrate this. Multiple types of web to be used for wrapping their prey … some sticky … and some not sticky which the spider uses to walk on. The spider’s ability to play our web in a long line that gets caught in the wind and carried across wide spaces until it sticks on the other side … so the spider can build its web across a large area … is also something to think about. But that’s another story for another time. /Gary