Antelope Island State Park’s Spider Festival is just a few weeks away and the spiders and their webs are already making an appearance. Yesterday I couldn’t resist taking a few images of the spiders in their webs yesterday.
I think these are all Western Spotted Orbweavers (Neoscona oaxacensis) but some appear to be different subspecies. I think this one is Neoscona oaxacensis dorsum but I am not 100% certain on that. Any help with ID would be appreciated.
I know some people get creeped out by spiders but as long as they aren’t crawling on me I am not bothered by them and find them to be interesting subjects. I even think of them as beautiful.
The north end of the island is a great place to see the spiders up close even without leaving your vehicle. You can pull over to the side of the road where there are bushes and easily see the spiders and their webs.
The spiders trap insects in their webs and that is fine with me because they keep the numbers of mosquitoes down! I don’t like biting bugs and anything that gets rid of them naturally is great.
On August 8th the 3rd Annual Antelope Island Spider Festival will take place, the activities start at 11 am and run through 6 pm. There will be walks and talks and fun for everyone.
The park staff will talk about which spiders are harmless and which to look out for. And if spiders aren’t your thing there are always other animals, flowers, birds and views to see.
Life is good.