The Ultimate Fly Trap Builder
She’s barely visible in this small cropped section of the home she has built in a hard to reach upstairs hall window. She has caught many an annoying buzz fly here that I couldn’t reach to swat. The flies are attracted to the light and eventually get caught in her multi-story web. It is a marvel of animal architecture.
This is an American house spider. In the photo below you see her in the act of catching a fly that was bothering me. I had tried three times to swat it, but it was too fast for me. It finally headed in her direction. I actually made a video of this, but haven’t had time to edit it and get it to YouTube. That will be coming later.
Mrs. Spider has built another story on her web since I took that last photo. You can see the various stories better in the photos below that I took tonight. This first shot is a diagonal angle in black and white.
This next one shows the actual colors with the evening sun shining in from the southwest. The spider is there. Can you see her?
I edited the photo to black and white to see if that would make the web stand out more.
Then I modified it to see if sepia offered a better contrast.
Which way does the web show up best? Did you find the spider in any of the photos? She is there, hiding, between two darker sections in the web toward the left side.
In case you’re wondering why I leave this web here, it’s because I don’t use this part of the house, the spider does me no harm, and I hate buzz flies more than harmless spiders.
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Image Credit » I took the photo and edited it.