Monday, September 29, 2014

An early Halloween scare

I was rooting around in my compost pile and I heard a blood-curdling scream. I looked up and saw my wife doing the there-is-a-bug-on-me-get-it-off-get-it-off! dance. She had walked through a spider web leaving the house...then soon later noticed the big spider was crawling across her chest. Upon inspection, it was decided the spider was awesome (my be)...and gross (by my wife).

I believe this is a female Marbled Orb Weaver spider, Araneus marmoreus, a highly variable species that is not aggressive.


A thin line of webbing from the spinnerets. 

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