Spider on bridge
Feasting on what appears to be a Southern Spreadwing damselfly.
18 Aug 2015.
Buckingham Springs, Bucks Co, PA.
8.6 mm head-abdomen.
Found on porch light.
I first noticed this spider on my back porch in early July. Since then, I have seen her nearly every morning. Around 4:45a, she is on her web which is near a light fixture and an empty light bulb socket. She grabs small insects that fly into her web. At some point before sunrise, she gathers up her web and retreats to the empty light socket to spend the day. The next morning, she is out again.
I have tried to get good photos of her, but it is very difficult due to the bright light nearby.
I have not been able to see the pattern of her eyes which one resource I consulted said was a good field mark.
I would love to know what family of spiders she belongs to, but either way, it has been fascinating to watch her go about her life!
With help from Joe Lapp, Spider Joe, I have ID'd this as Neoscona orbweaver, possibly N. crucifera.
Neoscona crucifera is an orb-weaver spider in the family Araneidae. It is found in the United States from Maine to Florida in the east, to Minnesota in the Midwest, to Arizona in the southwest, and in Mexico. Its common names include Hentz’s orbweaver, and barn spider, though the latter nickname suggests the confusion that can result from using common names for spiders, as the name "barn spider" is also commonly used for the species Araneus cavaticus.