Yesterday I was talking with some neighbors who have recently come back to San Clemente, Ecuador from the United States. Gene told me that he really hates spiders, but has missed seeing some macro photos of local spiders in our blog posts recently. So – Gene, this post is for you!
About two months ago I posted some pictures of new spiders I had photographed in our yard and one that I took over at Jan’s house near the beach. The spider from Jan’s house was yellow with banded legs, a crusty looking body, and white markings on the back.
Since that time I have seen several of these same spiders (with slight variations in the white patterns on the back) in webs on the plants in our yard. I tried to research the name of these spiders and I think it might be a type of argiope spider. The body is about three-quarters of an inch long and, with the legs, it is a pretty good-sized spider.
It is a prolific web weaver! If I clear the net away one evening, by the next day I will see the net repaired with the spider sitting awaiting its’ meal.
They make multiple webs above and besides the first web creating a box-like trap to snare flying insects from all angles. When the spider is waiting in its’ web it spreads its legs out making it appear that it has just four legs.
Once disturbed, the spider races for cover making it hard to get good close up photos, but I did manage to get these shots over the course of a few days.
And here is a close-up of the white pattern on the back of one of these unusual spiders.
One quick note – another visitor to San Clemente who reads our blog regularly and has seen the numerous posts I have done featuring spiders came by to visit and expected to see scores of spiders swarming the patio area. I really do not think we have more or less spiders around here than we had in our garden areas in the United States. I have to go looking for these guys and it is only the occasional spider that makes its way into our house. Mary keeps a close eye out for those intruders and I remove them quickly.
So you can come to San Clemente, Ecuador without worries of being overrun with voracious spiders!
Life is good in Ecuador.