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Monday, June 23, 2008

Early Summer-sized Orb Weaver

This small orb weaver spider is among the first of the year, found suspended in its beautifully constructed miniature web between the pittosporum and the crassula. I believe the species is Neoscoma oaxacensis, based on last year's fully-growns and the general appearance of this tiny (about 1/4" or so) thing.

Here is another view of the same spider waiting on a pittosporum leaf for its next victim to shake the web and send vibrations down the silk lines to the tarsa barely touching them.

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