It is currently Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:38 pm

All times are UTC [ DST ]




 Page 1 of 1 [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Spider ID, BIG web builder!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:37 am 
User

Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:01 am
Posts: 241
Location: Prescott, Arizona
Hello, can someone ID this guy? He comes out every so often at the same tree at night and builds a new web every time I see him. The web is huge, guessing at 3-4 feet by 2 feet. I really like this spider!

Image
Image
Image
Image


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Spider ID, BIG web builder!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:11 pm 
User

Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:01 am
Posts: 241
Location: Prescott, Arizona
Noone even wants to guess?


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Spider ID, BIG web builder!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:14 pm 
User
User avatar

Joined: Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:39 pm
Posts: 10795
Location: 1/2 to everywhere
For local and native true spiders, I usually point people to bugguide.net. I have seen this species all over the USA, but can not recall the genus even.

Christian



_________________
"Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! Nae master! We willnae be fooled again!"
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Spider ID, BIG web builder!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:54 pm 
User

Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:01 am
Posts: 241
Location: Prescott, Arizona
This spiders drive to build a new web every night that is so large and tear it down before the sun comes up is amazing to me. Now if I could figure out where he disappears to when the sun comes up.....


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Spider ID, BIG web builder!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:41 pm 
ATS Vice President
User avatar

Joined: Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:32 pm
Posts: 6414
Location: New Mexico
I would guess Neoscona crucifera, a very widespread species, pretty much coast to coast. Taking down the web during the day is pretty common among many orbweavers (they actually eat it!), typically they will hide in a curled leaf or a crevice during the day.

Wade


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Spider ID, BIG web builder!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:56 pm 
User

Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:01 am
Posts: 241
Location: Prescott, Arizona
Strange. I wonder why they would eat it. I assume most spiders dont eat their own web. Either way, I made sure that one had a meal ;)


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Spider ID, BIG web builder!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:05 pm 
ATS Vice President
User avatar

Joined: Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:32 pm
Posts: 6414
Location: New Mexico
I suspect that taking down the web is a defense against day-active predators, specifically birds and mud daubers and other spider wasps. Without the web, the wasps have a harder time finding the spider. They eat it to recycle the protien.


Offline
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
 Page 1 of 1 [ 7 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Jump to:  

cron