Eratigena atrica - the giant house spider
An odd thing was that this single web had a visitor hanging underneath. The one below didn't seem too interested in the caterpillar. But they tolerated each other for several days.
I loved her bluish tinge, and the red lipstick she put on just to look good. I can't imagine what creature she had eaten to dye her fangs red.
|Araneus Diadematus - the cross spider|
With about 30 caterpillars, many of the spiders got a double helping.
|Spittlebug - these can be a serious crop pest in larger numbers, but these ones seem to be satisfied with the English Ivy hedges, which I'm more than happy to let them suck on|
|A single bolete mushroom was home to probably 40 of these maggots|
The spiders appreciated this late-fall meal, a time when there were few other insects wandering about.