I just walked out my back door tonight and was met with a tall spider web that stretched over six feet tall from ground? to the branch(es) of a silver maple tree. The central part of the web is over a foot in diameter, and in the center is a large orangish red spider, about an inch long, not including the legs, with a black spot on its ?abdomen? the second section where the spinerets are. As I looked at it, it seemed to begin to crouch, almost as if bracing to leap. There is a similar web between two branches of my Dogwood out front, but it did not have a spider in it. And from my pool fence to some branch of a tree above it, over 12 feet up, there is a significantly noticable strand.
I'm new to North Carolina, and am not used to so much insect life (from Chicago).
What kind of spider? Do I need to worry. Where it is located, we may/will run into the web eventually. What preys on spiders?
Contributed by Chuck Moore on 25 August, 2007 - 10:59pm
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