A big fly landed in Emily's web today and she was like "holy smokes, freaking Godzilla hit my web" and she took off. About 20 minutes later I came back and her son, Chumley, was wrapping the fly up, despite the fact that it was caught in Emily's web.
Male uloborid spiders lose their ability to make webs at some point -- not sure how long it is. Chumley's web is nearer to the outside and it's taken a hammering lately and he hasn't been fixing it. For a while his webs were immaculate. Not sure what any of this means.
You can clearly tell Chumley from Emily because of his gigantic pedipalps -- the small demi-legs it the front of his face that look like boxing gloves. Chumley's legs also have brighter rainbows.
It's getting a little chilly outside and the fly count is down, but the spider's seem to be doing ok so far.
Photo of Chumley, his pedipalps and his fly behind this spoiler cut.
I have a very active spider web attached to the side of the garage and my front storm door, when I open the door, the web flexes. The spider seems to have a funnel sort of construct in the corner and is pretty healthy looking. I have been leaving the porch light on later at night so the spider doesnt go hungry.
That photo is amazing! (as yours always are). Have to say that since Chumley's a male it's probably why he has more color than Emily... like male birds are more colorful.
The spinners are still hanging around here, but it's going to be cold this coming week so I wonder about them.
And this make eeek some people out but I have spiders in the house year round, it's just part of living where I do, and as they're in the natural order of life I leave them alone. The cats.. well, they go after them but that too is the natural order.