Late summer and fall are spider season. It's not that the spiders weren't there in the spring and early summer, although they do become more plentiful as the season progresses, but they were smaller and often go unnoticed. By this time of the summer many of them have grown substantially and they become more visible. Like a lot of organisms, spiders, and in particular the orbweaver spiders, are special favourites of mine. This is a female Cross Orbweaver, Araneus diadematus, that I coaxed out of her refuge at the edge of her web in my backyard on Wednesday, Aug 13.
This is the Marbled Orbweaver, Araneus marmoreus, with her prey. I opened her refuge at the edge of her web to get this photo at Roaches Pond in Spryfield on Thursday, Aug. 14th. Keep your eyes open for webs, in your gardens and on your outings, to discover more "Spiders of Autumn!"