These are the only spiders that regularly flaunt themselves in plain sight. Most are a lot more subtle.
See? There she is!
Even larger spiders, like the Neoscona, can be hard to find. Just a lump in the brick:
|Female zygiella x-notata aka Dark-legs|
Coming out of the theatre one may expect to hear some member of the audience remark to the other that the play, though very good, was quite impossible; that such things could never happen in real life. It always seems to me that the lives of certain insects are more like plays than reality. And very good plays a lot of them are, particularly those staged by the bees, ants, and wasps. But of all the plays now running, I am inclined to think that the one produced by spiders is the best. It has almost everything the modern audience wants; love interest, suspense, psychology, battle, murder, and sudden death. But here again one comes away with the impression that it is all very far-fetched; that such things could not possibly happen in real life.
|Dark-legs takes the fly.|
|The fly vanishes.|
|Light-legs heads upward.|
|She is determined to get the fly back.|
|Some threshing legs stick out.|
|And all is silent.|
|Sister Sue's Finished Web|
|Barn Spider Dorsal View|
|Barn Spider Ventral View|
|Big Spider finishing her web.|
|Big Spider's hideaway.|