Saturday, September 24, 2011

Spidearth.

There's a dearth of spiders around here.  In most Septembers, the gardens, gateposts and doorways are festooned with large orb webs, beaded with dew in early morning.  This year there are almost none, certainly no big girls like the one above (picture from 2009).  Maybe this in part explains the abundance of crane flies.

Any other Vancouver-area/Pacific NWers notice a lack of arachnids?

9 comments:

Kyna said...

You used 'dearth' and 'festooned' in one, short post. You're my new vocabuhero. :D

I live on the other side of the continent and I've noticed the same thing this year. Usually July hits, and spiders abound.

Especially banana spiders (I'm not sure that's what they're really called, but that's what the locals call them here), they're always making their crazy zigzag webs in my garden. But this year I didn't even see one...

Samantha said...

Here in northern West Virginia we have an abundance of spiders this year, and very few crane flies.
I only wish the wolf spiders would remain OUTside.

Susannah (Wanderin' Weeta) said...

Even my indoor spiders have gone missing. And the big ones on our evergreens that I have been watching all summer have all disappeared.

But so have the clouds of gnats, so maybe hunting season is over already.

Susannah (Wanderin' Weeta) said...

On the other hand, I'm in Strathcona for the afternoon, and I walked down to the market just now. On the way, I walked through 3 webs across the sidewalk, and saw 13 large cross spiders and one small spider. All in 3 blocks, without stopping to search.

But then, Strathcona is always buggy.

Hugh said...

Kyna, Wow, thanks. I've never been called a vocabuhero before, although in grade school, I was once identified as a spelling ace. Sadly, I failed to attain my ultimate dream of becoming a punctuation wiz.

Samantha, it appears that the continent is out of whack.

Susannah, interesting observations. I suspected that you, as a spider aficionado, would have been keeping track of things. So the jury is still out on our spiders or lack thereof.

Tim said...

Orb weavers tend to start off slow. They feed on flying things, and the cooler summer (in the Pacific NW) has meant a later start, and fewer insects. The largest one outside my home (the ever-popular cross spider) is still about 2 molts away from maturity. My guess is that by late October, she'll be plump, as long as she stays out of sight from a nearby wasp nest.

RPS77 said...

There's an abundance of spiders around here, both inside and outside the house, many different species.

Kim and Victoria said...

We have extras of these down here in Boise this year.

Earl Cootie said...

Come to think of it, I've broken* far, far fewer spiderwebs than usual this fall.


* typically, with my face.