Monday, October 03, 2022

Spider Season

I looked at the tree behind our house and saw that it was covered in spider webs. I was so surprised to see this many. I thought I should check if there is such a thing as spider season in California. Interestingly, I found that September is truly the time for a lot of spider activity.

We went for our little neighborhood walk and saw this.

 Those spiders are definitely busy these days. We have noticed a lot of webs everywhere. 

 

In fact, I happened to walk into one when I went out to photograph these mushrooms popping up in our yard. I did not like all the sticky webby stuff on me, but I was really relieved that there wasn't a spider crawling on me... at least I didn't find one.

So, when I went out to check on the webs in the big tree on Sunday morning I found that they were gone, all of them. Not a single web was left in that tree. I have to believe that the spiders checked the calendar, saw that it was October and said, "We're out of here." And just like that, spider season was over.

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  1. They must have packed up their little spinning kits and moved north- They have arrived here, looking for fat flies.

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    1. Linda Sue-- I'm so glad I got the pic when I did. The webs were in the tree for a short while, and the poof... gone!

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  2. Here too! The late summer here is called Altweibersommer, an old German term referring to weibern, or fine weaving, which in turn refers to the fine spider nets appearing at this time.
    We also have another spider season right now, the one where the spiders come inside and people like me chase them back out and try to avoid killing them with the hoover - often. unsuccessfully

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    1. Sabine-- I love knowing that you have a spider season there too. I capture and release spiders pretty often. If they're in the house, they gotta go! I try very hard not to kill them, but it doesn't always work.

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  3. Same with us here -- lots of spiders in August and September. Where do they go in October? Do they simply die? I wonder.

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    1. Steve-- It is so interesting that spider season happens around the same time there. Where do spiders go in October? Good question. Maybe they hitch a ride to wherever it's warm and sunny!

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  4. Isn't that odd? One has to wonder what happened to the webs.

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    1. Colette- I am so glad I photographed when I did. They had been in the tree for a few days. I finally remembered to take a pic, and then the next day... gone!

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  5. Ooh, hate that spider web in the face and the wondering if he is hitching a ride on you somewhere.
    Interesting how they all just disappeared on cue.

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    1. Patti-- I don't like crossing paths with spider webs. I do like spiders, but I don't want them on me. I wonder where all the spiders that built those webs went.

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  6. I never knew there was a spider season, Robin! You find out about a lot of things!!
    How strange that all of the webs were gone the next day!

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    1. EllenD-- If it weren't for the internet I would be a girl full of questions without answers! It really was strange that they were all gone. They do build these nests every year, so I'll try to remember to keep track for next year.

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  7. I've seen that web pattern. I didn't know that it was related to a spider season. So it must be like bird migration?

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    1. Red-- Interesting question about migration. Now I'm wondering if spiders hang out together in groups. I have a lot of research to do now!

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  8. They packed up their silk and lift. Maybe it was a gathering of the tribes. Spider activity here too but not so many as in the past.

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    1. ellen-- I wish I knew more about spider activity. Do spiders travel together? Are they tribal? family? I have no idea. Time to do more research.

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  9. Wow! That first photo is pure poetry.

    One of my local friends has noted what she calls Spider Day -- the first day that she goes outside and sees spider webs everywhere. It's always in September, just around the time school starts.

    Have I mentioned my positive experience of reading Charlotte's Web recently? I didn't read it as a child but had known for a long time that it was a favorite childhood book for others. At one time I began to watch a movie based on the book but didn't like it at all. I shouldn't have let that stop me from reading the book which I found to be a thoughtful story of a young girl, a pig and a particular spider.

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    1. am-- It is so interesting that your friend calls a day "Spider Day"- I love that. I had no idea about their September presence like this until I noticed the October web disappearance. There's so much to learn about our beautiful planet.
      I've never read Charlotte's Web. I think I'll take a look and see what that's about. Thank you for the idea.

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    2. Tara: my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Adamson, read Charlotte's web to us. It was magical.

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    3. Tara-- I wish I had the attention span to read a book these days. I would read that. How lucky that your teacher read it to you.

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  10. While I have also seen webs in bushes and trees like the ones you showed here, Robin, I have never returned the next day to see if they remained.

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    1. Beatrice-- We're lucky that the big tree behind our house is visible every morning when we open our blinds! The birds (and spiders) love it.

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  11. Spider web season makes a walk in my wood a different kind of adventure.

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    1. Paul-- I would love to see photos of that. It's good to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by.

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  12. That's when the males go looking for mates, and that's also why you see more spiders inside.

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    1. Anonymous-- I love knowing that there is a spider mate searching season. It never occurred to me how little I know about spider behavior. I've got a whole lot of online researching to do!

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  13. All the webs were gone? Oh my, your spiders are an aware bunch. How did they know it was October!

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    1. Ally-- I have been doing some online research and found that there is a spider mating season in September. So, I guess all the spiders had their fun and then packed up to go. The females find ways inside houses to lay their eggs. We're going to keep our eyes open for that.

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  14. Tara: wow! That's a lot of web activity. And...one wonders where all the spiders went to after vacating their webs? I like spiders, but am highly allergic to their bites, so I do kill any I find in the house.

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    1. Tara-- Wow, you're allergic to all spider bites. That's wild. What a bummer. I'm sorry you have to kill them. The ones I find in the house I catch and move outside or into the garage where I know our paths won't cross.

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  15. Yikes. I was wiping some spider webs off of the light bulbs over SWMBO's vanity the other day and suddenly noticed a rather evil looking spider in her sink. He was escorted down the drain.

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    1. Catalyst-- I always rescue spiders when they're in places we don't want them to be. I move them into the garage or outside. I keep an empty jar and a postcard handy for an easy pickup and move.

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  16. 37paddington
    So fascinating! Interesting too that this was the first year you noticed them.

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    1. 37paddington-- I remember seeing the tree covered like this before, but this was the first time I photographed it. Spiders are such interesting creatures.

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  17. All those webs mean's the coming of the witching season.

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