Thursday, August 11, 2022

So many legs!

 After the dust speck flies, here are some of the spiders that prey on them:

Leggy. Cellar spider, Pholcus phalangioides. Always elegant, but a messy housekeeper.

Really, really leggy. Tiny spider on a dusty mirror, which accounts for the extra legs. 8 mm. long.

Not so leggy. 2 mm. long.

One more, not photographed: I stepped out of my door yesterday and found that a cross spider had stretched her web completely across it. Going for bigger prey, I take it. I escaped that time, though.

Después de las moscas tamaño polvo, aquí hay algunas de las arañas que las cazan.

  1. Patuda. Una araña de los fólcidos, Pholcus phalangioides. Una ama de casa algo descuidada.
  2. Muy patuda. Una arañita escondida en el borde de un espejo polvoriento. El espejo le da esas patas de sobra. Mide 8 mm., de las mandíbulas hasta las hileras.
  3. No tan patuda. Una arañita de solo 2 mm. de largo.
Una más, pero sin foto: al salir por mi puerta ayer, me encontré con la telaraña de una araña Araneus diadematus, una telaraña que cubría toda la puerta. Buscaba presa más grande, supongo. Pero por suerte, me di cuenta a tiempo, y aquí me tienen todavía, no convertida en desayuno de araña.


  1. Phew! That could have been nasty.

    1. The spider catching me? Lucky, though, that none of our spiders can do more than tangle us up in webs.


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