She is smart. You think an arachnid isn’t smart? Well, you would be wrong.
She got so big that even in the dark Jake noticed her. He began barking at her when she descended from her tree to sit in the center of her web. She’d cringe and scuttle back up into her hiding place in the tree.
Two days ago she vanished. Her web sat empty, yet Jake was barking like a lunatic at the fence surrounding my garden. I assumed she must be somewhere nearby but I sure couldn’t see her and I didn’t exactly want to feel around.
The next morning her web had vanished as well. Everything had been dismantled, including the thick anchor lines. I figured she’d packed up and evacuated the premises. Either that or died, but I leaned more toward evacuation since she took her web with her. Orb spiders do re-ingest their webs you know.
Early this morning I walked out to water my garden and discovered she’d shifted her web away from the fence. It’s now laid out in a diagonal over my first garden bed. Her anchor lines are attached to the tree on one end – maybe eight feet high – and to my ball squash plant on the other.
As you might imagine I was a little freaked out. I had to water around the web and pray she wasn’t hiding beneath a squash leaf when I was harvesting. I think she’s probably up in her tree during the day, but I’ll find out for sure tonight.
This solves her Jake problem entirely while still giving her access to bug heaven. She’s away from the garden fence so he can’t jump up and snag her web and since the garden is fenced and gated he can’t get in to disturb her… period.
What a smart little shit. Of course, she is a ‘she’.