Should I Name Her Charlotte?

I grew up an arachnophobian (is that a word?)

I recall many times being freaked out by the gigantic wolf spiders and even daddy long legs in the corners of our basement and everywhere in the yard. They grossed me out.

Recently I learned of a spider unlike any I learned about back then. And thank goodness it’s not poisonous because it’s fascinating!

I’m not entirely sure what its true/scientific name is – but I’m fairly certain 1) it’s a female and 2) she’s a Bridge Orbweaver…. 

…and is so cool!!! 🤓

I first saw her building off our cableline and back porch.  The image below was the next day – I think she was sleeping… (do spiders sleep?)

– weaving the orb –

… maybe a Gray Cross spider?

For a couple weeks I watched her rebuilding each evening. But then each morning the entire web — gone! Gone like it never was there in the first place. Where (tf) did it go!?! 🤷‍♀️

– this web had to be 2-foot diameter! –

So finally, as I suspected, I caught her in the action of taking it all down.

Incredible! 🤍🕷🕸🕷🤍

Are you familiar with this type if spider? Have you ever seen in in action?

Here are some links for further info on this type of spider:

Cross Orb Weaver (Araneus diadematus)

9 Types of Spider Webs: Identification + Pictures & Spiders

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