Re: [gardeners] Of bees and spiders

George Shirley (
Thu, 09 Aug 2001 15:28:04 -0500

If your spider is anything like the golden spider that lives in my carport he or she eats the web.
I've actually seen the one that lives here rolling it up and then the web disapears while the spider
is still hanging on a strand of web. Since I don't see it fall it has to be recycling the web silk.
Sets up the web about an hour after dusk and takes it down sometime during the night. I caught it
eating the web when a thunderstorm was rolling in, Reckon it decided to eat it then. The next time
it caught a very large June bug in the web, wrapped it quickly, sucked all the juices out and then
ate the web and went back into it's "permanent" web in a crevice in the overhang. Pretty neat


Janni wrote:
> Little background here first. When I first moved to MO from CA, I found a
> whole new world of creepy crawlies. And I did a ton of research on those I
> came in contact with on a daily basis. I also started working for the
> Missouri Dept of Conservation, where I did MORE research so I could answer
> the publics' questions re: 6 and 8 legged bugs. So I do know a lot about
> them. But I would never say I know all there is to know! Now I need to
> further my bug education.
> There are these tiny, tiny bees that harvest pollen from our Coneflowers
> and Thistles. They pack that pollen on their hind legs. What are they?
> The spider, and let it be known, this is my specialty. LOL I know the
> spider is just your typical garden spider, but his actions are nothing I
> have ever seen. The first encounter with him, Ed ran into his web at the
> end of the front porch. It was streched from a little oak to somewhere.
> This happened three or four times. Then we noticed that he built his web
> high enough up so our early morning outings would not disturb his web. (We
> leave here while it is still dark) When I come home, just before sunrise,
> the spider and the web are gone. Only to be back that night. Anyone know
> what he does with his web? Somehow he destroys it. We thought at first it
> was one of the birds that visit our feeders, running into it. Not the case,
> as it happens every day without fail.
> Janni, an inquiring mind