Every late summer and early fall, our bit of property here in St. Paul has a noticeable increase in critters with eight legs.  A couple years ago, I posted a few photos of these spiders.   Their scientific name is Araneus cavaticus, which, if my searching and my loose latin I picked up from my mother over the years is worth anything, the names translates to cave spider.  The common name for these creatures in English is barn spider or orb weaver.  I guess a barn is sort of like a modern cave.

In the mornings, when I walk out to the chicken coop to let the birds out, I invariably walk through and curse at a couple their webs.

Lately, I have been trying to photograph these hairy looking spiders.  Here are few of the better photos.  In at least two of the photos, you can see prey of the spiders.