Sunday, June 27, 2010

Camera Critters: Charlotte A. Cavatica

Araneus cavaticus.
If you ever read Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, you read about barn spiders. Charlotte's last name, Cavatica, is a variation of the species name cavaticus. Barn spiders are orb weavers: they eat their web every night and rebuild another one. They live in wooden buildings and in rafters (thus they are called barn spiders). They are nocturnal. Barn spiders are a North American spider and are most prevalent in New England and Canada. They are furry spiders and can get quite large and scary looking! I have zillions of them outside the house and in the barn and garage. I love watching and photographing them.

Do you know what Charlotte's middle name was (it begins with A) and what its significance is? I'll put the answer in the comments!

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15 comments:

  1. Her middle name is Aranea; which is a variation of Araneae, the Order of barn spiders. Have a great day everybody!

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  2. Fascinating! I've read that book many times and it never occurred to me to wonder about Charlotte's names :) Thanks for the info

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  3. That's very kind of you to show a spider !Cat Pookie loves them and they won't live a long life, while I run away disgusted !

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  4. Andree: Neat capture of the cute little spider.

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  5. Nice capture of a nice spider. The shadow adds an extra dimension to the shot well done.

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  6. Charlotte's Web is one of my very favourite books! E.B. White sure knew how to bring happy tears to my eyes...no matter how many times I read the book to my kids.

    I did NOT know Charlotte;s middle name though. It makes total sense that she was a barn spider. :)

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  7. Beautiful spider! I like to admire them from afar though. Charlotte's Web was my favorite book when I was growing up.

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  9. Such great info about barn spiders! I never knew it.
    Thanks for your nice comment on my wasp post.

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  10. Great photo, Andree...

    Thanks for telling me about the pop up ads; I've just realized it...Can you help me how I can get rid of it?

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  11. Loved Charlotte...though can't say I'm as fond of the other spiders I meet (though they are fascinating to watch from a distance). Once dropped a spider who I found in a pencil cup on a plant the ants were milking for aphids--really, covered with ants. The acrobatics she used to get out of there were amazing.

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  12. Oh, How I love Charlotte's Web!

    What a delightful picture of a beautiful-looking spider. I gather that barn spiders are harmless?

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  13. They are beautiful...at a distance. ;) Oh, and thanks for the info on where to go to identify bugs. I'll give that a try.

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  14. just looking at it makes me shiver. im not a spider person lol


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  15. I had forgotten her middle name. Very pretty spider you have there!

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