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Question of the Week – Mable Orchard Spider

Posted by romeethredge on October 18, 2013

Last week I had a common spider that is small but attractive. They are abundant in cotton fields now. Wes Briggs sent a photo to me a few days ago and I’m seeing them in lots of places. They help control other insect pests that fly into their webs. The Mabel Orchard Spider, Leucauge venusta, is a beautiful spider of gleaming golden hues, silvery reflections, and iridescent greens, blues and yellows.  The spider’s legs look like fluorescent fishing line in the sunlight. _DSC0711

Here’s this week’s question.

What is this and what does it have to do with cold weather?

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2 Responses to “Question of the Week – Mable Orchard Spider”

  1. Steve said

    Golden Rod – it quits sheddinng pollen in cold weather and stops contributing to allergies

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