Patiently waiting

We spotted these two beauties sitting in their own individual webs, located near each other in a flower garden.  Black and Yellow Garden Spiders are also known as zig-zag or writing spiders because of the thick silk pattern which is found near the center of their orb-shaped webs.  The pattern is thought to deter birds from flying into the web and messing it up, as well as, perhaps, to camouflage the spider.  These colorful spiders are not harmful to humans and, in fact, are beneficial since their webs catch many flying insects which are nuisances during the late summer and early fall.

“Normal is an illusion.  What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”  ~Charles Addams

Peeking out

Sitting snugly between the layers of a flowering plant sat a little spider, intently peeking out.  Momentarily, it ducked behind the layers and out of sight.

“Let’s all take a moment and be thankful that spiders don’t fly.”  ~Unknown

Black and Yellow Garden Spider

One of the spiders that I have seen frequently this summer and fall is the female Black and Yellow Garden Spider.  She is conspicuous because of her large size and bright color pattern.  Her orb web is also large in size, sometimes reaching up to two feet.  The web is normally decorated with a white zigzag band of silk near the center where the female can often be seen waiting patiently for or enjoying her prey.

“The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.”
~  Alexander Pope

Common Garden Spiders

Two Black and Yellow Garden Spiders standing guard over a swampy area of Reelfoot Lake

“Give us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for – because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”  ~Peter Marshall

Living among the duckweed

Some of the flora and fauna living around the duckweed at Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest.  It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”  ~David Attenborough

Spider web

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“Will you walk into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly;
“‘Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things to show when you are there.”  ~Mary Howitt