Spider Triad – 1990
Pen, watercolor – 14 x 19
When I drew this tribute to the Yellow Garden Spider in 1990 I could always find one suspended in its large web stretched between stalks of blooming lavender in a patch beside the pond where I live. It was capturing honey-bees all summer long. Now in 2018, I can’t remember when last I saw one. They seem to have been replaced by a Kingbird, who also has a great appetite for honeybees, and who might also have eaten the competition.
And so, although not a house spider, this decorative portrait of the exquisite orb spinner hangs from a wall in my cabin like a curiosity in a curiosity cabinet.
Yellow Garden Spider, Argiope aurantia, Family Araneidae, Order Araneae, Class Arachnida
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