I have what my husband thinks is an irrational fear of spiders. I know all about how beneficial they are blah, blah, blah. They still creep the heck out of me. However, I am also fascinated by them - outside of course.
Today, Jeff saw some type of trigger web or something and said the spider was probably hiding under a leaf. Sure enough it was. You have to bend down to look under the leaf. After Jeff did, I looked and promptly bolted right into him trying to escape the grasps of the harmless spider.
So, to feed into my fear (I do this with horror movies, too), I visited several times today to see what was going on. I think it is a garden spider though the colors aren't as brilliant as I've seen. Surely it is an orb weaver (I already know too much). One visit, I was gratified with the spider bolting out to the middle of the web, quickly doing some spider thing and bolting back. The whole experience took .25 seconds.
Did you know that garden spiders eat their webs at night and make new ones in the morning? I find it all fascinating though it does give me the heebs. Click on the photo to make it bigger and you can see spider food in the web, too.
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