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Whitehurst Diaries: Argiope Aurantia and a Katydid

Sharon Whitehurst is fascinated by the National Spider of Adair County, the large, beautiful Argiope Aurantia (Garden Spider). Fortunately, she's now a resident of Gradyville, KY, where residents are happiest when the spiders build their webs in every windowlight in the house. This latest episode in the continuing drama found Willis the Barn Cat not too helpful in protecting the Whitehurst herd of beneficial arachnids.
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By Sharon Whitehurst

GRADYVILLE, KY (28 July 2011) - The four egg sacks carefully attached to a front porch post by the garden spider last season survived the snow and winds of winter. Two of them still hung there in June when Willis the Barn Cat was inspired to sweep them into the flower bed.

Today, weeding on hands and knees, I discovered the new crop of garden spiders - six small zigzag-stitched webs in the clump of sedum at the south edge of the walk, and a bigger spider's construction on the other side.

I've attached some photos of the occasion. Sorry, no pictures of Willis the Barn Cat in action. -Sharon Whitehurst



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Argiope Aurantia: Beautiful Zig Zag web



2011-08-01 - Old Gradyville RD, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Sharon Whitehurst found this garden spider with a cameo zig zag complete, ready to harvest garden pests which might wander into her lair in the sedum. The spider may be one hatched from an egg sac Sharon Whitehurst saved last year.

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Whitehurst Diaries: A close up Argiope Aurantia



2011-08-01 - Old Gradyville RD, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Sharon Whitehurst got a close up of a big garden spider, an Argiope Aurantia, in an evergreen. The spider may be one hatched from an egg sac Sharon Whitehurst saved last year.

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Whitehurst Diaries: Spider nursery not helped by inspired cat



2011-08-01 - Old Gradyville RD, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Two of the egg sacs saved last year by Sharon Whitehurst were swatted away by the paw of Willis the Barn Cat, inspired to do so by heaven knows what. One of them seems quite the worse for wear.

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