More info about Nursery Web Spiders on André Bon's site here (in English).
|Female carrying her egg sac seen in 2013.|
|And the only one I've seen with an egg sac this year.|
|The first web was in a Hydrangea. You can see the egg sac behind the blue flowers |
and a few of Mum's legs are visible at the top.
|Mrs Pisaura mirabilis on the nursery web with |
legs held in the typical position for this species.
|I found a couple more on Cranesbill Geraniums. Here you can see the babies.|
|The best nursery web I found was down by the pond on a Knapweed plant.|
|You can see how she's built her web around the stem of the plant, |
then she'd tethered it to another stem for extra protection.
The dark blob beneath the Knapweed bud is the mass of spiderlings.
|Babies - this photo was taken two days after the one at the top when Mum was guarding them.|
She'd already left by this time.
|A few days later and the babies are starting to disperse around the web.|
I then wanted to try to get a closer shot but my SX50 camera can't focus that easily so I put my hand behind to force it to close focus, when all of a sudden..........
|The babies just shot down that web and out into the open! |
It certainly made it easier to get photos of them.
|They didn't come on me - not that I would have been bothered by teeny things like this but |
I wonder why they did this. I have to assume my movement spelled danger for them
and they all ran like hell!
Now my next 'most want to see' in the spider department is a wolf spider carrying her babies on her back. I see tons of them carrying their egg sacs so it's about time! :-)