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July 15, 2010

Photo op of the day


Ok, so our little (or in this case not-so-much as her body was about 2 inches long) arachnid friends usually don't do a whole lot for me. In fact, I really don't like spiders at ALL. But, this was a particularly spectacular specimen (say that 3 times fast). This particular spider is called Argiope aurantia (aka the Black and Yellow Garden Spider). This is the female. The male is much smaller (about 1/3 the size) and boring brown. The females spin marvelous webs--the males, not so much. Theirs tends to be, well...messy. She's also called the Writing Spider. She is called this because of the distinctive zig-zag scribble that resembles writing found in the middle of her web. Each morning these spiders devour and rebuild the inside circle of their web. This spider's web was incredible--about 18 inches in diameter. Remarkable architects, those spiders are. I wonder how long it took her to weave this splendiferous silvery lattice. 

P.S. these are very NON-aggressive spiders and they are NOT poisonous to humans. 


  1. Cool! My son is very jealous that you have such a cool spider in your yard.


  2. I have had many close encounters with that particular kind of spider. The most memorable was when i was 12. Out in Canton at my grandfathers farm. Imagine, a happy child walking thru the thickly wooded area behind the pasture. Cool summer evening. wind blowing gently amongst the leaves. Life is good. Then BAM! I walked thru its web and on my nose sat the biggest spider my young mind could imagine! I froze like a statue, afraid to move. It did not bite me, just slowly walked down my lip and dropped from my chin to the ground. I backed away to let the spider go about its life and i went about mine.

    Love spiders and all the creatures of the world,



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