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PostSubject: First porch spider (golden orb weaver) of the year   7/23/2011, 10:12 pm

Each year around this time, I look forward to the golden orb weavers that set up house on my front porch.
I usually get two or three. This is the first gal, so far, to set up residence. She's only about 3/8" leg tip to leg tip,
but she'll get bigger. Not as impressive as an exotic T, but a beautiful spider none the less.

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PostSubject: Re: First porch spider (golden orb weaver) of the year   7/23/2011, 11:40 pm

I used to chuck little grasshoppers in their webs when I was a kid. That was fun.
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PostSubject: Re: First porch spider (golden orb weaver) of the year   7/23/2011, 11:51 pm

When I picked up my weekly batch of crickets yesterday, I noticed a couple of "smalls" amongst the adults.
If she hasn't eaten her web overnight, I may toss one in tomorrow morning. The cricket is about her size;
I hope she can handle it.
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PostSubject: Re: First porch spider (golden orb weaver) of the year   7/24/2011, 3:33 am

Streettrash wrote:
I used to chuck little grasshoppers in their webs when I was a kid. That was fun.


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PostSubject: Re: First porch spider (golden orb weaver) of the year   8/3/2011, 2:57 pm

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PostSubject: Re: First porch spider (golden orb weaver) of the year   9/11/2011, 4:15 am

I always cultivate a few webs around my porch area - between that and some potted lemon balm plants, it does a noticeable job of keeping the mosquitoes under control.
Once we move to a more long-term place, I'll also look into building a bat house to help even more with that.
They are indeed gorgeous spiders. Smile

@Streettrash: Rather than grasshoppers, I find leatherjackets/craneflies to be ideal; they're long-legged and light, so they get caught up easily. I've found that grasshoppers sometimes go right through the webbing.
Plus leatherjacket season coincides with spider season, and they're plentiful and stupid easy to catch. Just pluck 'em off walls by a wing (their legs pull off way too easily) and toss 'em in.
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