Tough Neighborhood

dsc_5048(2 photos) Victim: unknown. Prime suspect: jewel spider, member of the orb-weaver gang.  Bugguide.net describes the jewel spider is “harmless”, but Wikipedia mentions sexual cannibalism, construction of a silky web with a sticky center, and spiderlings who hatch & eat their brethren. I guess harmless depends on who you ask.dsc_5057

21 thoughts on “Tough Neighborhood

            1. Oh, wow, I have never seen such a spider web! And the spider itself is extremely scary looking — very spiky like the stereotypical Halloween spooky spiders. The abdomen of the spider in this post was so big that you can easily see it from 10′ away. Just huge.

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              1. We had an orb spider with a 1″ abdomen on the deck last year (I posted her on Halloween 😉 ). Thankfully, she was a gentle soul and gave us no trouble, but one does a double take to see one close by that is so huge! Overall, they really are a great gardener’s friend.

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    1. I’m on the same page as you, Vinny. It’s not so much that I’m afraid, they just creep me out. I have admiration for their webs, but the details of their dining preferences are best unseen.

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