Long-jawed Orb Weaver  (three photos)
Genus Tetragnatha

long-jawed orb weaver
I found this tiny, beautiful Long-jawed Orb Weaver near the Antelope Island marina. Its beautiful colors and
nifty "hangout" fascinated me.  I don't see a lot of these on the island because they are good at hiding
and when
the big spiders come out in the summer, they tend to disappear for the most part.  It was far enough away that
I couldn't have gotten close for a photo without disturbing it, so I settled for a telephoto shot. Below is an
interesting web shot.  © Carol Davis 5-4-2016

things in webs
Several of these little corkscrew seed pods (which I just found out are from the invasive plant
 Redstem Filaree) were lashed into the web that was spread throughout the dead bush
shown  below. When I first saw them through my binoculars I thought they were
insect legs (maybe grasshopper) but then decided there were too many of them
 and they must be seed pods. I think the wind blew them in there and twisted
them around in the spider silk. © Carol Davis 5-4-2016

scrawny bush
Barren home for a spider.  © Carol Davis 5-4-2016

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