Sitting on my deck with my morning tea I have noticed a single silk strand stretching from the suet feeder to the marigold, a single reinforced spider hire wire. The Areaneus orb weaver let out a thin thread of silk that was caught up in the breeze. It was chance that it landed onto the flower. She then tested its strength and walked across, reinforcing it along the way. Next she made an orb web using her spinnerets to select the right silk for the job. Once finished she is ready for the catch of the day. In the morning she gobbles up the web, recycling the silk and leaves the support strand in place. Seeing it makes me wonder what my silk strand is. Family? Friends? Place? My dog McCoy? Community? I continually walk along the strand reinforcing the connection with them. It is strong and resilient.
The spider in the photos is a Micrathena gracilis, Spined Micrathena that I found that afternoon in my yard. It is also an orb weaver. I tried to take a photo of the single strand on the deck made by the Araneus orb weaver but was unable to do so because I couldn't get it in focus.
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