Spider observation

We’re in the midst of an arachnid invasion. It seems every bush in town is covered with webs. One little spider is living behind our car’s review mirror. Every morning she weaves a new web across the frame. A big European Garden Spider has taken up residence in the doorway between our kitchen and backyard. We’ve given up using the door to watch her spin circular webs and catch little insects. Orb spiders, like the European Garden, are said to eat their webs each night along with the small bugs stuck to it. At least some of us are looking forward to seeing that!

4 Responses to “Spider observation”


  1. 1 David N.

    We had a large orb-weaver on our front porch last week, and her web was 8 feet from top (the gutter) to bottom (a bush at ground level). Sadly, my less than whimsical and decidedly unscientific father-in-law thought he was doing us a favor by destroying the web with a broom. Our home was critter-less for a few days until my three year old daughter found a preying mantis in our laundry (!) and insisted we keep him for a few days.

  2. 2 Maryanne

    That is a gorgeous photo!!

  3. 3 CJ

    I have to ask what kind of spider that multi colored one is in the picture,, I am quite the arachniphobe and ran across one of these in our back yard, now I am terrified to enjoy my garden oasis, for fear that there are more and they might be poisonous. Thank you for any information you can give.
    CJ

  4. 4 Merriweather

    CJ, the European Garden Spider looks scary, but they are not poisonous to humans.

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