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john mcginnis
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Background then my question --

Early summer I planted sweet potato slips in an bed next to the house. Things went well till the grasshoppers moved in. Chaos, holy leaves everywhere! Grasshoppers having a field day. Then I saw this singular orb spider move in. Web in hand, it was catching 5-6 grasshoppers an hour at one point! Within a week the grasshopper threat dwindled and within three it was gone. Alas so was the orb spider. Greener pastures I assume.

Here are the questions --

* Who is the recognized expert on orb spiders?
* Can 'housing' be devised to encourage their hanging around gardens and plots?

This spider was a voracious predator that wiped out a problem and saved me spraying. If I could devise a means to have 4-5 of them parked around my garden my bug problems would probably disappear.

Hoping for the long shot....
 
Blake Wheeler
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I've personally found that any upright structures the spiders can build their webs between is all they need. Maybe it's just my area, but if there's a place to fit a web one shows up. I've even had them set-up webs from the ground to maple and hickory limbs 8 ft up.

I appreciate their service, and I've always loved spiders, but it gets a bit annoying constantly getting tangled up in their webs. They've even set-up residence among some string lights I have over the back deck. I don't mind it but company I have over tends to be a bit uneasy about it lol.

Perhaps setting up some bamboo stakes randomly through the garden would work?
 
Tracy Kuykendall
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If they're anything like their cousins out here just go for a walk around field edges, cage up as many as you think you'll need and haul them to you're garden. After a season or two you should have a resident population. Just be sure to do your searching while its light, walking field edges in the dark is a sure way to find their webs with your face, which causes many a full grown, corn-fed fellar such as myself to scream, run circles in place, while very rapidly trying to get the boogey man off of themselves.
 
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