Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Garden Spider

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!



  1. I think we may have been separated at birth. I found the exact same kind of spider guarding my trash cans outside the horse stall yesterday. I am petrified -read that: scream like a girl and run away from- of ALL spiders and gave this one a wide berth, but I, too, snapped a picture.

    1. So funny! I was scared of it at first, but after learning that it can't harm me I don't mind it as much now. I kind of like it actually! As long as it stays away from me haha.


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