Last week I went outside to put some vegetable scraps in the compost and got quite a scare. I saw a huge, colorful spider hanging from a massive web on the side of the compost bin and immediately thought it was out to get me. Well, not really, but I did keep my eye on it. But the more I looked the more I was in awe and had to snap a photo.
Last Friday night my friend Angela was over, and since she works for the Department of Conservation, I figured she knew her spiders and had her identify it for me. Apparently it's a very common garden spider, but I'd never seen one before.
The most important thing I learned about them is they are not aggressive and not poisonous to humans. Phew! One cool fact I read is that each night they eat the interior part of the web and spin a new web the following morning. Seems like a lot of work to me, but I guess they don't have anything better to do while waiting for prey to fall into their web!