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    Yosemite

    National Park California

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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When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.