Rocky Mountain Moments

By pipersmom

Wasp Spider

This orb-weaver is named for its coloring that protects it from predators because of its resemblance to a wasp.  She is posing in her web next to her wrapped meal.  She has a distinct web.  Here's what Wikipedia says: "The spider builds a spiral orb web at dawn or dusk, commonly in long grass a little above ground level, taking it approximately an hour. The prominent zigzag shape called the stabilimentum, or web decoration, featured at the center of the orb is of uncertain function, though it may be to attract insects.
When a prey item is first caught in the web, Argiope bruennichi will quickly immobilize its prey by wrapping it in silk. The prey is then bitten and then injected with a paralyzing venom and a protein-dissolving enzyme."

I am grateful to my sister for having a little party for my brother, SiL and me.  We all have September birthdays.  It was so nice to all be together!  We sat outside, masked or 6 feet apart, so we felt comfortable.  PD and I stepped away when everyone was hugging and kissing.  I hope that someday I'll be able to hug my loved ones again!!

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