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Ms A bites beetle - Araneus andrewsi - female

Ms A bites beetle - Araneus andrewsi - Female
San Pedro, Los Angeles County, California, USA
July 12, 2011
Size: .75 in
Ms A, after resting a few days following her egg case construction has woven her largest orb yet. However she has located it across my little porch and in front of the door. Luckily there is room to duck under to get to the garden. Now that she has sealed the entrance to her old retreat with her egg case she has relocated her bedroom to a crack in the porch roof a few feet away. She snared a beetle tonight and I was able to capture the post wrap-up bite. Note her abdomen reduction from that of her pre egg case days. Her egg case still seems inert. Did she make an eggless case? I suppose time will tell. Update: August16, a month later Ms A has not been in residence for over a week. She had made a couple grand efforts at webs but seemed to be getting quite frail as her abdomen shrank to at least a quarter of its maximum size. Her egg case remains silent as of yet. Her life seems to have lasted almost exactly one year.

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Evening Porch Inhabitant - Araneus andrewsi Evening Porch Inhabitant - Araneus andrewsi Evening Porch Inhabitant - Araneus andrewsi Evening Porch Inhabitant - Araneus andrewsi Saturday Night Leftovers - Araneus andrewsi Sunday Night Dinner - Araneus andrewsi Thursday Night Wrap Up - Araneus andrewsi Getting a Little Fatter - Araneus andrewsi Getting a Little Fatter - Araneus andrewsi persevering - Araneus andrewsi Wednesday dinner... more vinegar flies - Araneus andrewsi Dec10 grand capture, a wasp - Araneus andrewsi Dec14 update Dec14 update Ventral - Araneus andrewsi anterio-dorsal? - Araneus andrewsi Abdominal surface - Araneus andrewsi Ventral View - Araneus andrewsi stretched out dorsal - Araneus andrewsi Earwig for dinner - Araneus andrewsi Earwig for dinner Another View - Araneus andrewsi April 16 Eleventh Hour Pose - Araneus andrewsi April 16 Eleventh Hour Pose Ventral - Araneus andrewsi April 16 Eleventh Hour Pose Ventral Detail - Araneus andrewsi - female May 13 Bigger and Bigger - Araneus andrewsi - female May 25 Red Admiral Dinner - Araneus andrewsi - female Latest and Greatest Portrait - Araneus andrewsi - female Ms A makes a nest - Araneus andrewsi - female Ms A makes a nest, another view - Araneus andrewsi - female Ms A bites beetle - Araneus andrewsi - female Ms A's Nest Dissected  - Araneus andrewsi

Mrs. A
I love your commitment to Mrs. A. What a great series and a rare look into one spider's life.
Keep up the work! Pat

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