Molting Orchard Orbweaver

This afternoon in the Nantucket State Forest I met an orchard orbweaver (Tetragnathidae: Leucauge venusta) that was just completing the process of sliding out of its old skin, which was hanging from a thread and twisting in the breeze.  I managed a few shots that were in focus and only a little bit overexposed:





When it was done, it just hung there limply from the single thread issuing from its abdomen, which had been there throughout the process.

About Charley Eiseman

I am a freelance naturalist, endlessly fascinated by the interconnections of all the living and nonliving things around me. I am the lead author of Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates (Stackpole Books, 2010), and continue to collect photographs and information on this subject. These days I am especially drawn to galls, leaf mines, and other plant-insect interactions.
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6 Responses to Molting Orchard Orbweaver

  1. troymullens says:

    This is awesome. Love BugTracks.

  2. Kathie Fiveash says:

    I guess it needs sine tine to harden up?

  3. Lynne Kelly says:

    Gorgeous. Thank you.

  4. kentiki says:

    Incredible! It looks like a scene from a Tim Burton movie.

  5. Eleanor says:

    Wow! What a fabulos series of photos. Thank you.

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