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11 August 2012

Spiders, Cobwebs and Wasp Nest

Even wandering around an ordinary garden you can bump into a variety of different cobwebs,

Communal spider web
Communal spider web
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Spider cocoon
Spider cocoon. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

...and occasionally catch a glimpse of their owners.
The European garden spider (family Araneidae), diadem spider, cross spider, or cross orbweaver(Araneus diadematus) is a very common orb-weaver spider in Europe and parts of North America — New England, California, northwestern United States and adjacent parts of southern Canada.

Spider waylaying its prey
Spider waylaying its prey. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Common red spider on orb web
Common red spider on orb web. (© 2012 LightColourShade. by-nc-nd)
After the rain.

Dew droplets on a cobweb
Dew droplets on a cobweb. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

A rainbow in the droplets of water creates beautiful effect, but unfortunately part of it gets lost in the picture.

Rainbow on a wet cobweb
Rainbow on a wet cobweb. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

This isn't of course a spider's web, but wasp nest is yet another example of engineering marvels of Nature.
The common wasp, Vespula vulgaris, is found in much of Eurasia and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand.

Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) nest
Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) nest
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2 comments:

  1. I tell you, I've always loved cobwebs, and their sometimes bizarre "creations." Your photos capture them splendidly. I am particularly impressed, however, by your fourth picture - it is simply stunning!

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    1. Thanks a lot. It took me quite some time to snap this fidgety red guy in the cobweb in its rare motionless moment.

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