Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Should I Be Afraid?

I'm not the kind of girl that squeals and flails and flees in terror at the sight of a bug. But then, I've posted enough bug photos on here that you probably already knew that.

I'm wondering, however, just how much respect I should give to these furry creatures...

For the last two weeks, I've seen them all over my house... OUTSIDE, thankfully.

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It must be furry spider season! They're in the corners of my doorways; their webs cross and block my stairway leading down to the office (and I gently remove it with a long stick so I can pass, while the spider panics and crawls furiously to the rhododendron bush); the other morning, there were even two webs (and two fat spiders in the center of them) on my car - bumper to rear windshield!

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Okay, so I don't squeal, flail and flee... but I do shiver a little at the sight of them. Icky - Eeeew.

Any insights on what kind of spider this is? ... and should I be afraid?


KristiinaSheree said...

WOW! I can't see it well enough to try to identify it but I would keep my distance just to be safe.

You're getting really good at the shallow depth of focus, I might add! Way to go! I also love that you were able to capture the dew/rain in the webs.

I'm hoping to have many more photo blogs up soon. The new computer was just delivered 5 minutes ago! It's HUGE!


Dot O said...

Great photos, Pam. However, I must say that I'm glad they're not hanging around here. We are having our fill of "stink bugs".

The Farmer's Wife said...

I think the better question would be, "Should I be armed?"....

I say YES on both counts!

We have wolf spiders here in Montana, and honestly, I think they must've gotten their names because a couple of them took a wolf down, one time. They get SO BIG, and there's nothing remotely cool about them. They are just hideous creatures. And yes, I did read Charlotte's Web, and yes, I still shudder when I see spiders!

Gosh, if I don't read a post from you in a week, I'll contact the local authorities to look and make sure the spiders didn't get you. For goodness sake, don't go outside without a shovel!


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