Thursday, September 17, 2009

This is Why I Tell Hope She Can't Just Go Traipsing Through the Garden...


We saw this thing in our garden today. Yikes! I looked it up and its a Black and Yellow Argiope. I was happy to read that it is harmless to humans. The webs grow to be up to 2 feet wide and they eat their webs every night and build new ones every day. They also lay eggs sacks with up to 1,000 eggs. Wow. Why is it that spiders are so creepy?


I think I would have a heart attack if I was pulling up carrots and this thing crawled onto my hand. Lets hope it doesn't. By the way, we are not gardeners, but are learning since the family who lived here before us were professional gardeners (seriously). We are currently enjoying their bounty.

10 comments:

Jason P. Franklin said...

Yea, spider's are not happy. I can't even watch Charlotte's Web. Gives me the creeps. As the weather has been turning colder here we've been finding more spiders indoors. Fortunately they've all been common house spiders, non poisonous and skittish of humans.

Tasha said...

I've never heard of spiders eating their own webs. Weird! Do other spiders do that?

Tasha said...

Also, great pictures. Spiders and their webs can be so tricky to try and capture.

Heather said...

I was gardening the other morning and had a "cat-faced" spider swinging from the green waste can and hit me in the leg until I noticed what it was and broke its web. I caught it, sent it to school with Rayah - all after I looked everything up on the internet to figure out that it too was harmless. You'll have to look that up too and see its pic since I didn't take one:)- they have this funky shell like back...eecck!

sherry said...

Discovering amazing creatures like that one seems to be a great reason to go traipsing through the garden!

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Kyle said...

Wow. Great photos. But yes, very creepy.

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