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~A Golden Orb Weaver~

A  web of silk,

I weave,

For all who trespass,

so naive.

A trap to catch my prey,

I deceive,

None the wiser,

may leave.

Golden Orb (female)
Golden Orb (female)

On Christmas day we were hiking a trail at Lake Louisa State Park. A foot off the trail, suspended at eye level, was this gorgeous Golden Orb spider. You have to admit she¬†is pretty. ¬†I wouldn’t¬†want her¬†touching me, but she¬†was nice to admire and capture with my camera.

A few facts about this gorgeous spider: (taken from the web)

  • Physical features:¬†The female generally exhibits yellow spots on a muted orange/tan abdomen (with banded brown and orange legs), and the male is a fairly plain dark brown. The male is 1/2‚ÄĚ (12mm) long and the female is much larger, at 1″ to 3″ (25 mm to 75 mm) long.¬†The abdomen on both the male and female Banana spider is 2 1/2 to 3 times as long as it is wide. The female‚Äôs legs have brownish stripes with noticeable tufts of black hair on her 1st and last pair of legs. The male has a less colorful appearance, but he also has tufts of black hair on his legs.
  • Poisonous:¬†No
  • Lives in:¬†warm, sunny climates
  • Eats:¬†Like many spiders, prefers to eat flying insects like bees that are attracted to the golden web it weaves. These spiders also go after larger prey like butterflies and moths.


Until next time…

Posted on Monday Macro 2





~Photo of the Day-Green Leaf Bug~

A funny looking bug, trying to hitch a ride on one of our car roof rails!

Leaf Bug
Green Leaf Bug – (Katydid)

As we were getting in the car, I spotted what I thought was a green leaf on top of the roof. I reached up to grab the leave and throw it on the ground and quickly realized it was not a leaf.


 For a few Fun Facts on this bug go to

Sharing with: Saturday’s Critters at Viewing Nature with Eileen



Until Next Time…..¬†

~On a brighter note – a Tanka~



bewitching to watch

fluttering wings, magical

coloring vibrant

sunlit mystical beauty

a triumph of nature


Western Swallowtail (looks more like a Two-Tailed Swallowtail, but can't see the tail(s) clearly)
Western Swallowtail
(looks more like a Two-Tailed Swallowtail, but can’t see the tail(s) clearly)

We have a Radiant Crabapple Tree in our yard. This tree was obviously grafted from two different crabapple species, because it has both red and pinkish blooms. Before, our hail storm yesterday it was in full bloom and had caught the attention of this lovely butterfly.