Montana Outdoors

March 27, 2015

“Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:12 pm

This morning as the overnight fog began to drift out of the valley, the webs were very noticeable.

Spider web

Spider web

Spider web

Spider web

Spider web

Spider web

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  1. The artistry of spider webs is amazing. So is the apparent speed with which webs are often constructed. Nothing there one morning; a large web the next.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — March 27, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

    • They are fascinating! This afternoon it was sunny and I walked through that area several times and couldn’t find a single web.

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      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2015 @ 8:26 pm

  2. Absolutely gorgeous. What wonders of nature … beautiful works of art. I am reminded of my aunt’s tatted doilies. But I prefer these, by far …

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — March 27, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

    • I’m sure that web building has evolved into a very successful strategy for the spiders. It’s amazing that so many things like that in nature also have great aesthetic appeal to us as well.

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      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

  3. Fantastic shots of this beautifully delicate web!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — March 27, 2015 @ 9:42 pm

  4. I’ve always been in awe of their creations… Wonderful post and images!!

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    Comment by FeyGirl — March 27, 2015 @ 11:15 pm

  5. Those are really cool!

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    Comment by Michael Andrew Just — March 28, 2015 @ 12:40 am

  6. A perfect morning for spider webs, beautiful!

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    Comment by centralohionature — March 28, 2015 @ 6:24 am

  7. I rarely see webs like this on the boats, even though there are spiders aplenty. Clearly, the form of the web depends on the environment, the sort of prey being sought, and so on. Boat spider webs tend to be ragged, irregular, clumpy and straggly. But I’ll give them this — you can tear down a web on a boat in the evening, and by next morning, it’s back in the same place.

    On the other hand, up in the hill country I’ve walked paths with webs like these you show here strung all the way across. Some can be three or four feet wide. Amazing!

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    Comment by shoreacres — March 28, 2015 @ 6:49 am

    • I imagine that each species of spider has adapted it’s construction to its own unique habitat and hunting strategy. It could be quite a study if one covered them all. I also suspect that the webs might change over the course of a summer, fine strings early on, then tougher ones as grasshoppers and larger insects enter the scene later in summer. One of the things, were I to have several more lifetimes, I might try to quantify.

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      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2015 @ 9:31 am

  8. beautiful! They are another thing I’m anxious to see. Since it’s snowing here this morning though, it’ll still be a while before we see them.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — March 28, 2015 @ 7:37 am

    • It has been interesting to see how quickly the flying insects appeared, immediately followed by the spiders and their webs.

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      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2015 @ 9:32 am

  9. You chose an apt allusion for your title. I didn’t realize till reading the article at

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spider_and_the_Fly_%28poem%29

    just now, that Lewis Carroll’s “Lobster Quadrille” was a parody of Mary Howitt’s cautionary poem.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — March 28, 2015 @ 8:41 am

    • It would be interesting to know the elements of a spider’s instincts that tell it exactly where to place its web. I suspect the bait is selected, then the web constructed.

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      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2015 @ 9:35 am

  10. How can they be strong enough to hold those water droplets? Just amazing. As are your photos.

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    Comment by westerner54 — March 28, 2015 @ 9:09 am

    • Yes, they must be amazingly strong. The strands of these were very fine too, so fine in fact that even with the mist on them, autofocus would not work, and with all but one of these photos I had to use flash to get the web to show up at all.

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      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2015 @ 9:37 am

  11. Wow, very pretty. Not really a fan of spiders, though, they creep me out.

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    Comment by Candace — March 28, 2015 @ 11:50 am

    • I admire the webs, but I also like spiders (with some exceptions).

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      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2015 @ 8:17 pm

  12. These are orb web weaver spiders. I really like them. Though most are harmless to humans, some of the larger ones have the nickname “heart attack spiders”. They leave their webs up at night and people will walk into them. Of course, the spider starts crawling on them and…

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    Comment by burstmode — March 29, 2015 @ 7:31 am

    • There are only a few species of spider that I don’t appreciate. These I do like.

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      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2015 @ 8:20 am

  13. Nicely captured, Terry.

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    Comment by seekraz — March 29, 2015 @ 7:57 pm

  14. I love also Your photos – nice series presenting nature.

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    Comment by Sartenada — April 2, 2015 @ 12:57 am


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