This post is not for Arachnophobes or any one who simply does not like spiders! I don’t mind them, but I am not fond of snakes (but that’s a whole different story :-)).
Early one morning last summer I was delighted to find that a spider had been at work overnight, and had spun a truly magnificent web in my garden. The web was suspended between two bushes a good 4 metres (a bit over 4 yards) apart and about 3 metres off the ground. How the spider got from one bush to the other to start the web is beyond me, as it was a perfectly still night (no breezes to swing on!).
I could not see the spider, but there were quite a few big webs like this in other places over the summer, and the spiders caring for those were quite large (I have no idea what sort they were). I assume that my garden web was created by one of these large arachnids.
The web did not last long, only a day or two (all that work for such a short hunting period!). Then it just disappeared. Perhaps a branch from a nearby tree fell and broke the main threads, I am not sure.
This little story has been posted in response to the WordPress Challenge: Solitary.
This was the biggest spider web I have ever seen; it was out on its own and wherever its owner was waiting patiently for prey to arrive, it would certainly have been a silent and solitary wait.