Spider in the Storm

Laugh if you wish.

I was concerned for my mama spider and her egg sac during last night’s storm.

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I have been watching them both for weeks. She is a Green Lynx spider/ Peucetia viridans.

I was attracted to the head of goldenrod blooms by a peculiar object among the yellow flowers.

I saw her egg sac before I spotted her guarding it.

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The color of the egg sac is a dull straw-brown, but the shape is intriguingly like a cut diamond.

It has a flat table top with crown  below it and pointed bottom,  like a culet.

How could a spider make such a complex shape?  I wonder the same about the intricacies of webs, also.

I have been waiting for the spiderlings to emerge, so that I can examine it more closely.

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The mama spider diligently guards this nest and puts her body over it when she senses my presence.

This morning I did get a better picture of the sac due to her dazed and soaking wet state when I approached.

She quickly assumed  her guard post when I touched the goldenrod.

I am so glad that she and her offspring are safe and sound after the wind and torrential rains.

I am considering staking the Goldenrod so that Mama Lynx will not have to hang like that.

I know I shouldn’t interfere, but we grandmothers are very protective.

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I am also afraid that “Mr. Flower” will cut it down with the weed-eater.  Oh my!  I’d better stake it now.

I’ll keep you up-dated about the hatching.

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6 thoughts on “Spider in the Storm

  1. I have always been blown away with your knowledge, sense of humor, and grit. Wish we lived closer so that we could meet and you could come see my flowers and the lunch, may be at a Logan’s or Lone Star. Thanks for keeping me informed about life!

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