O is for Orchard Orbweaver

You might not like spiders, but if you are a bug-hater in general this guy is really on your side. The Orbweaver usually makes his webs low to the ground or in bushes. His main mission is to control the insect population in your garden. Well, his main mission is to eat, but that is a bonus. My favorite thing is the crazy vibrant colors on this species of spider.

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The orb weaver spider’s web is often oriented horizontally, with the spider hanging down in the center.


They are tiny. I am sure that no spider is tiny enough for you, but this guy is atop a hosta bud to give you some size reference.


Hairy legs



I love how clear and iridescent his long eight legs are. This shot captures the morning dew still clinging to the web.