I have been watching this spider live and grow right outside one of our windows under our 24/7 outdoor light. I first saw this Black and Yellow Garden Spider back in August (maybe a little before that??) and have since peek to check on it from time to time. Make sure she’s in the center of her web. It really has been fascinating. She’s close to twice as large now compared to back in August. I have not seen her pounce nor do anything cool like that with her meal. But she did relocate her home – and lost a leg.
When I first saw her, her web was on the window pane, so it was easy to view her and take photos. The web looked the same back then as it does now. If you notice, right down the “center” of the web, she has spun what I think is some type of reinforcement. She is always positioned over the center of the web. I have not yet seen her anywhere else.
She then gave up the window and spun a new web from the wall out to a large bell-like wind chimes. Not sure why she did that since the bell does swing in the breeze. With some of the winds we do get, I’m sure the bell goes all over. But so far it seems to be working for her. It is not my decision to make.
But there was something I noticed about a month ago… One of her right front legs is missing. How that happened and didn’t kill her I cannot even begin to imagine. Seriously, what would she have gotten into a fight with that was strong enough to tear off a leg?
Here are some photos I have taken of Spider-Woman here. The first photo was taken on August 2nd. Note she has eight legs. Following is a photo taken today. The way her web is now built and where she perches all day long is very difficult to get a good photo. I have to hold the camera out in front of me, then point it back towards the spider, and hope it is in focus.