f you’ve not a fan of spiders, you might want to skip this post…
Back in May, I spotted this teeny, tiny Orchard Orb Weaver in the back garden.
Over the years, I’ve had many spider “pets”. As a child, my favourites were the big yellow garden spiders, and as long as their webs weren’t in bothersome places, my Dad always helped me make sure the spiders did well. We’d watch them all summer long as the caught food in the web and grew and grew.
This particular spider had built her web across the pathway between my red and yellow irises, but there is another way around, so I’ve been careful not to walk through her home, and I water gently on that side of the garden. These past few months I’ve enjoyed checking in on her each day.
She grew quite quickly, and she has the most amazing colour. Bright green legs and a gorgeous body with orange, green, yellow and black.
Despite how the pictures make it seem, she’s actually not very big. Her leg span is not much bigger than a dime
A few weeks back, I noticed a second web, right beside hers, with a second, smaller occupant of the same breed.
By the next day, the interloper was gone. I wasn’t sure if she ate him or just sent him on his way.
Either way, she was all on her own, sunning herself while she awaited her next meal.
Happily, I got to see that too! Here she is mumching on a fresh, juicy blow fly!
A few days later, I noticed two more webs, each with their own spider – one in the raspberries, and one by Blue Girl.
They aren’t quite as big as the first spider, but they are beautiful…
Sparkling little jewels hanging by silver threads!