“Dad, hurry up!” That is a sentence I hear a lot around my house. Luckily, this time my son was calling me outside to look at something. I asked what was going on and he said “A Cross Spider has a Boxelder Bug caught in its web!” Not bad for an 8-year old, huh?
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Now that we are starting to see some insects in the yard, the Cross Spiders have returned. These spiders are not native but pretty soon they will be everywhere. They spin large orb webs between trees and plants and wait in the middle of the web for an insect to fly into it.
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This bug was hanging on just outside of my front door. In this case, it really IS a bug. Confused? Even though people usually call any insect a bug, there is a certain group of insects that are actually known as “true bugs”. Stink bugs, squash bugs, and leaf-footed bugs are just a few . . . → Read More and See Photos: Really a Bug
I noticed these nice cloud patterns over our patio pond this week. The rush spikes still have their seed heads. Hold on though- one of them looks a little strange.
Another Cross Spider! They are everywhere. This is just above the spot that was in my last post where a Cross Spider didn’t . . . → Read More and See Photos: Rush in the Sky
With the weather changing, I’ve noticed a lot less Cross Spiders and their webs recently. This large one was still around but unfortunately fell into my patio pond. It was probably a female due to its size (males are smaller).
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Over the past few weeks I have noticed a lot of cross spiders. They seem to be everywhere.
I walk into webs when I leave the house in the morning, and if I wander anywhere off the beaten path around the yard I also get a face full of web. I’ve talked to . . . → Read More and See Photos: Cross Spiders Are Everywhere
In another post, I talked about how cross spiders are harmless. Of course, I meant to humans. Clearly in this photo we can see that they aren’t so friendly to honey bees. This bee was likely out searching for nectar and pollen when it flew into the spider’s web. The spider started to wrap . . . → Read More and See Photos: Cross Spider Gets a Meal
This is a Cross Spider or Cross Orbweaver, otherwise known as a European Garden Spider. It gets its name from the white cross shape on its abdomen. Do you see it in the picture? The Cross Spider sits in its orb web until something it can eat flies into it. This one is either . . . → Read More and See Photos: Cross Spiders are harmless