A ‘help me’ scream came from Lil’ Buddy in the backyard. To me it sounded like he may have hurt himself. He was up in the treehouse portion of the swing set. Frozen in the open doorway, he exclaimed,”I’m stuck! Stuck in the spider web and I can’t move.” But you can, I told him. Just keep walking. Relieved, he walked out of the web and happily slid down the slide. The spider web, however didn’t fair as well even though the spider had picked a perfect spot for a web. The spider rebuilt the web a couple of times. But after having it accidentally knocked down a couple more times too, the spider moved on.
We first noticed spider webs and cob webs about a month ago after Lil’ Buddy’s run in with the big one. Eldest Girl and I are keeping watch on the web we found on the end of the althea branch. The one that looked like Horton Hears a Who. Those little spiders are getting bigger.
After watching the really neat YouTube video of an orb spider making a web – linked at Handbook of Nature Study, we headed out into the backyard on a gorgeous fall afternoon.
Middle Girl had charge of my camera. The sunlight helped us spot quite a few. She told me that the little tree that she and her siblings call the Christmas tree usually has good spider webs. It’s tucked back in the woodsy part of the backyard. None were found this time but she did spy a bird’s nest!
Eldest boy also captured some cobwebs with his camera and may share them in a separate post. (Warning, large garden spider photos coming up…)
Littlest Girl created an abandoned cobweb. You can make your own spider web by following the directions here.
This nature study helped us to notice just where spiders like to place their webs, plus the variety of webs they create and just how many there really are when you take a few minutes outside to notice. There’s still time to join in fall nature study with the Outdoor Hour Community at The Handbook of Nature Study!