cat-faced spider
a cat-faced spider (Araneus gemmoides) - of 'red hairy knees' fame - laying eggs in October

the spiderlings emerging the next May

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almost finished laying eggs

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covering eggs with colored silk

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almost done

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time for a rest

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a few days later - well camouflaged

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the eggs are just starting to hatch

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zoomed in; showing the round yellow abdomen, glass-like legs and head, and darker eyes

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next day the young spiders mass together as they leave the 'nest'

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2 days later, still moving out together; they will soon spin strands of silk and drift away on the breeze

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first web - note the blue iridescence and several captured cat hairs - the 'bar' at the top is about 1/8" in diameter

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first meal - the spider and the fly are not much bigger than pin heads; the scattered white specks are dust motes caught on the web - the web itself is about 5 inches across

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