Longjawed orbweaver, Leucauge venusta, female I think, weaving, you know, an orb. Photographed by Twisty in North South Austin, June 2005
We get it, you’re saying. Patriarchy sucks. Great. But we really came for the spiders.
OK, fine, get off my case already; here’s an orchard orbweaver. Orbweavers are the builders of the classic wheel-shaped webs made famous by Charlotte. If you live in the Eastern half of the United States, you have L. venusta in your own shrubbery. For christ’s sake don’t kill it! It’s not poisonous! The outrageous neon iridescence of this specimen is somewhat obscured by my failings as a spider portraitist. But you can take it from me; she’s the gaudiest thing in the bush, bar none.