I went around outside and tried to get some good pictures of the ones who are inhabiting the trees, the carport, the front porch, etc.
Chiquita #1. Her web is in a tree that extends downward to the bridal wreath shrub right next to my deck stairs.
|Is this something she's wrapped up or is it part of her?|
|Chiquita #2 and #3.|
|Look closely and you can barely see the golden threads of the web. This is in the carport.|
|Chiquita #2 near the garage door.|
One thing I've learned--they seem to like to build their webs suspended between areas where I like to walk. If you don't like where they have built a web, you can knock it down with a broom handle and they usually will build somewhere else. That happened with the one on my front porch. She was TOOOOO close to my front door so I knocked down her web. Now she's moved over about three feet.
The worst thing is walking into one of these webs. They are unbelievably strong. Although I've never found a spider on me from walking into a web, there was one occasion where I ran back inside and took a shower because there was so much web in my hair. That was the only time I felt that way.
I found a very interesting web site that has lots of information about banana spiders. Here is the link: http://www.shadygrovetrainingcenter.com/wildlife/bannana_spider_photo_gallery.htm/
Did you know that there are theories about banana spiders being predictors of hurricanes? Check out this web site for more information!
I sort of hope that we don't have to prove that theory any time soon, though.
My daughter's got lots of spiders too. Actually these are just a few of mine, but the pictures of my other Chiquitas just didn't turn out very well.