Sunday, September 29, 2013


Every September, spiders and spider webs are everywhere to be seen.  Spiders are busy casting webs, catching prey, paralyzing and liquifying them, mating and laying eggs.

On a recent foggy morning, the spiders' night's work was astonishing, with webs of all different sizes, shapes and configurations. This site explains and shows how a web is created:

Here are some Orb weavers and their amazing, intricate webs:

and Sheet web spiders, including Platform spiders at a greater number than I have ever seen before in the last several years. Within a greater complex of webbing, there is a platform that looks like a parachute.

Here is prey wrapped in silk with the spider located right under it:

Here is another orb weaver in a Sweetgum tree processing its prey:

This article explains clearly the process of the spider injecting its prey with venom, wrapping it in silk and then liquifying:

According to recent research, spiders can learn how to catch prey more effectively. See articles:

Here is a Penn State publication on Spider ID in PA:

In search for more information about spiders, I found these interesting and informative blogs:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pick Your Own

I was recently visiting the Cape May Honey Farm store, which offers honey varieties from around the world, candles and gifts. It is well worth a visit.

Their website is:

As I was leaving, I noticed this funny comic strip lying on the counter. I hope you enjoy: