Arachnaphilia – Spiders in My Yard!

Unfortunately, this awesome Halloween decoration was stolen from our yard a few years ago.  We miss him/it.

Unfortunately, this awesome Halloween decoration was stolen from our yard a few years ago. We miss him/it.

I’m getting into the swing up our upcoming national scarefest on October 31st.  This post is for you if you like spiders, love spiders, get creeped out by spiders, or hate spiders.  If you are a spider killer, move on to another blog.  We have a no kill policy in our house, we relocate to the yard.  Which is why it is full of … SPIDERS!  I will admit that I do kill Black Widows and remove their egg sacs.  The whole poisonous thing is too much even for me, a spider lover.   But they are still really cool.  For an excellent short bio of Black Widows check out (http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/black-widow-spider/).  And yes, they are called widows because the females do sometimes kill and eat their mates.  Remind your husband of this the next time he doesn’t want to get up from the recliner to take out the trash.

Now for some photos of spiders from the yard.  EEEEEKKKKKK!

Took this recently, after I spotted this garden spider spinning a web right over our table.  Watched it make its web for about 15 minutes.  They move really fast!

Took this recently, after I spotted this garden spider spinning a web right over our table. Watched it make its web for about 15 minutes. They move really fast!

Action shots of the spider spinning.

One of our backyard favorites.  Their webs stay in the same place for weeks.

One of our backyard favorites. Their webs stay in the same place for weeks.

We found this next spider a few years ago.  It made a web on top of one of our bushes.  The web was like a giant funnel, and the spider waited for anything to land on the web and then would race out to eat it.  Sam and I spent a few minutes dropping things on to the web, and then we would shriek and jump back when the spider zipped out of the web.  It moved like lighting.  Eventually it got tired of us and sat in the end of its funnel sulking.  I don’t really blame it.

Funnel spider.1

Funnel.spider.2

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The smallest spider I've ever seen.  I don't even know how we noticed it.  It spun around the blade of grass like some Cirque du Soleil performer, and then dropped off into the lawn, never to be seen again.

The smallest spider I’ve ever seen. I don’t even know how we noticed it. It spun around the blade of grass like some Cirque du Soleil performer, and then dropped off into the lawn, never to be seen again.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

We are a crafty family, so I couldn’t resist adding in a really fun Halloween decoration we made last year.  Take a white pumpkin and draw web lines on with a black sharpie.  Hot clue a big fat spider and a fly to the web.  It you want to get really gruesome, hot glue little people instead of a fly…totally creepy.  Both you and your decoration.

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One response to “Arachnaphilia – Spiders in My Yard!

  1. Celia Abrams

    Really neat photos. Thank you.
    Love Ceil

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