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Wildlife and Other Sightings: Angulate Orbweaver

September 08, 2012 Posted by: BW - Mather District Volunteer Interpretive Ranger

Angulate Orbweaver
Araneus gemma
    
Angulate Orbweaver   Angulate Orbweaver during the day

August 29, 2012
Hodgdon Meadow area

An angulate orbweaver (Araneus gemma) has been making a home on the front porch of a ranger's house in the Hogdgon Meadow employee housing area. Every night this spider builds a large orb web to catch prey. This time of year, orb spiders are more commonly noticed because they have reached their full size and create their largest webs. The body of this spider was more than an inch long! When the first frosts come this spider will die but her eggs will survive the winter until the warmth of spring allows them to hatch out, releasing the new generation of orb weavers.  
 

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Train traveling along the Merced River to Yosemite National Park.

Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.