Desert Orb Weaver
Species Metepeira

messy web
When you first look at these globs of silk and insect remains, it appears that there is no spider present but many times
it is hidden inside the hub amidst all the junk.  I found this female at Tonaquint Nature Center all tucked away with
her legs tuned to the web for any vibrations. Below is a close-up.  Carol Davis 5-9-2013

just like a spider
She will just keep adding insect parts and silk until she has a larger and better concealed hideout. It's
kind of a shame because these spiders are very pretty (as spiders go, that is).  Carol Davis 5-9-2013

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