Thursday, December 1, 2011
Uh...no. Actually, I don't like them. At all. However, I'm tolerant of them because of the important job they do. They do, however, make my skin crawl. Too many eyes, too many teeth, too many legs...and HAIRY. However, I do appreciate their fantastic colors and the wonderful webs.
This was the specimen that I was told I HAD to see. It's an orb weaver, the ones which make the really cool, very large webs. She is a common yellow garden spider, Argiope aurantia. One of the characteristics of orb weavers is that they tend to hang in their webs head down.
I was a little surprised to see this one this late in the year....Cool colors, cool spider....as long as it stays outside.