Attracting wildlife

Garden spider

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  • #70895
    NorthernTeacher
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    As expected at this time of year, there are very many garden spiders to be found. Yesterday, I was thrilled to observe a male and female performing their mating ritual. The smaller male was tapping on the much larger female’s web (so it appeared to me), having spun a strand to her web from a wooden post. Her web was in and around some crocosmia in a pot near to the post. Several times, he approached the female and for whatever reason (fear of being eaten?), he quickly moved back when she got closer to him and certainly while I was watching, mating did not occur and he retreated completely. 

    The first photo was a quick one before I realised what was going on.

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    #70897
    NorthernTeacher
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    I think this one really looks like the male is ‘running away’!

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    #70899
    NorthernTeacher
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    He’s trying to reach her!

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    #70901
    NorthernTeacher
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    Really stretching and tapping!

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    #70903
    NorthernTeacher
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    But defeated or just incompatibility, he retreats… but he’s alive ;-)

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    #70905
    gertie
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    Well spotted Jane :good: :-) :rose:

    #70906
    NorthernTeacher
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    Thanks, Anne – it was pretty amazing but most uncomfortable to take the photos :lol:

    #70907
    cilla
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    What fabulous photos Jane. He looks like he’s dancing. Well observed. :good: :-)

    #70918
    NorthernTeacher
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    Thanks, Cilla – he could certainly move quickly :lol:

    #70919
    VegVamp
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    What a brilliant set of photos Jane, fascinating to see, (even if it was uncomfortable for you to take them ;-) ) thank you intrepid wildlife photographer. :cool:

    #70920
    NorthernTeacher
    Participant

    It’s amazing how little creatures can impress, Karen! OH walked right through a different big web that I was keeping an eye on yesterday – can’t believe he didn’t see it :-(

    #70921
    VegVamp
    Keymaster

    Webs never cease to amaze me. Bet the spider wasn’t too impressed with your OH. ;-)

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