Just a "Warning" before I get started on this post. If you hate spiders do not view this post.
Here is how this all got started....
One night I'm looking out our side window over at my mom's porch to see if the stray cat we feed is done eating yet. We named him "Blondie" before we discovered that he was a male cat so the name has just stuck. He's a "feral" type cat as you can't get very close to him before he runs. I managed to get a picture of him one night out the window so you can see why we call him Blondie.
I finally discover what he was batting around and playing with. Turns out he had found this,
After taking these photo's I set the spider free. You will notice it's missing one leg which accidentally got pulled off when my daughter was trying to get the spider into the container. I uploaded these photo's on Bug Guide and was told this was most likely a, Cat-Faced Orb Weaver (probably a female). If you look closely the two humps on it's back resemble the ears of a cat and the white line is the cats nose and there are two indentations that look like cats eyes as well. That's where it gets the name.
We nicknamed her, "Orbie"
I put this spider on my Azalea bush where she spent one day hiding before climbing up into the top corner of our house. Below are a more shots of her.
This shot and the next one were taken on the Azalea bush before she moved to the upper corner of our house.
Here you can see her spinning her web in the upper corner of our house. She would spend all day curled up under the roof ledge and them come out at night and hang down off her web on a single strand. One night while trying to take pictures of her with Coleen holding the flashlight on her she came all the way down the web, wandered around in my flowers for a few seconds and then zipped back up the web so fast it was hard to believe. She spent about a week in that spot and then one night she moved and we couldn't find her. My daughter discovered hanging off the edge of our recycle bin. I took this shot and it was featured in the Scavenger Hunt this past Sunday.
She stayed one day there and we thought she had disappeared because we couldn't find her again.
Then that nnight she came up out of the flower bed onto the living room window and I took this photo of her.
Yes, I know our windows are really dirty!