Visiting My Neighbors Spider
The past week I have found every reason in the book to head over to my neighbor’s house to chat. First day was to discuss how his holiday went . . . . second day was to talk about work things . . . . third day was about the Yankee game that I could hear in the background . . . . ect . . . . but the truth is that all I really wanted to do is to check how his Garden Spider was doing! (is that bad??) These are without a doubt my all time favorite spiders!!
I have always called these guys Garden Spiders but I believe its proper name is “Black-and-Yellow Argiope Spider”. One of my professors in school always called them “Writing Spiders” because of the unique pattern that they weaved into their web. I have heard from scientist the many reasons why this spider (whatever you call it) would make its unique zigzag marking. It is very possible that these zigzags help with the structure of the web when capturing insects twice its size. Another theory is that it actually helps attract some of its prey looking for a place to land. But, the best theory I have heard is that it keeps birds from flying through it. When researching this spider, I came across a website that had a dead monarch in the web! Ugg!
Anyone else have any cool spiders in your or your neighbors yard?