The Spider Who Stayed Out in the Cold

Let’s revisit some of the natural history highlights of the year, starting with the Giant Spider of the Bronx.

Sadly, but not unexpectedly, the spider was last seen 12/13. It got very cold after that, at least for a couple of days.

The tenacious web still clings to the window frame, but the spider has gone into the great recycling of nature.

Backyard and Beyond

This large Araneus diadematus orb-weaver has been living outside a Bronx living room window for nearly three months now. That included the last of summer, when a large window fan blew out towards her, making the web bounce like a trampoline.

The web spans the breadth of the window. When she isn’t in its center, hanging face down, she-spider is tucked up into the top right of the storm window frame, with two legs on the web to keep in touch. She prefers the night, which of course is never that dark here in the city. We only once saw her wrapping some prey… or was it an egg case?

Bits of leaf and plumed seeds, however, were often seen stuck in the usually rather tatty web. The first big, but brief, freeze, didn’t seem to faze her. On the 16th, when the video below was shot, she was devouring…

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