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Wednesday, August 16, 2006


A large garden spider has been building a web off to the side of my front porch. I first noticed this spider a couple nights ago hanging a few inches from the eave. One of its legs seems to be a little deformed.

This evening was the first time I saw the spider in action. Despite its disability, the spider was really going to town. The web is going to be like six or more feet in diameter when it's done. Fascinating.

The spider is resting, now. I'm so proud of myself for resisting the temptation to destroy its work in progress. And, it with it.

The web is located in such a position that I won't go bumbling through it when walking out the door. I appreciate that the spider seems to be mindful of me. So, I'll be mindful of it. Many a time I've unknowingly walked through spider webs. It's not pleasant. Especially when you're sitting in your office pulling webbing off your clothes and out of your hair a couple hours later.

Also, I have great expectations that this web will soon be catching all the annoying mosquitos that are hanging around this place at night.

If I can get a decent picture of the spider and the web, I'll post it later.

Listening to: The Spider and the Fly by Nanker Phelge, a/k/a you know who

Sittin' thinkin' Sinkin' drinkin'
Wondering what I'd do when I'm through tonight
Smoking moping Maybe just hopin' ....

Yeah, it's a guy song. But, I can't help myself.

Posted by Marie at August 16, 2006 8:27 PM


You may want to have some "Spider Be Gone" spray on hand just incase the spider lays some eggs and decides to invade your entire porch area. We are on our fourth can this summer. They are everywhere. Had one come down right in front of me while I was watching tv in bed the other night.

Posted by: carol at August 16, 2006 9:48 PM

I get large spiders making webs this time of year. I've always called them wolf spiders and the ones in my yard can get quite huge. I actually like spiders and try to leave them alone. There are no harmful ones in suburbia and they usually eat things I want less than the spider. Standing by for a photo...

Posted by: Kem White at August 17, 2006 6:53 AM

I always enjoy coming and seeing what has popped into you head to put on your "web" site. Looks like you have two "web" sites going now.

Posted by: Don Ray at August 17, 2006 8:17 AM

Is it one of those yellow and black Argiope spiders? I love them. They build spectacular webs. I'm sad when I see a butterfly or dragonfly wrapped up but I don't mind seeing the june bugs, horseflies, love bugs, deerflies, and houseflies stuck.

Posted by: Rob at August 17, 2006 9:48 AM

If you come out one day and the web spells "Radiant" you may want to Guinness Book of World Records. :)

(Reference to Charlotte's Web)

Posted by: Randy at August 17, 2006 2:28 PM

So far, no picture. The spider didn't make much progress today. As a matter of fact, I didn't even see it until after the sun went down.

It could be a wolf spider. It's brown. Large body. Gangly legs.

We do have some venomous spiders around here, including the brown recluse. Come to think of it, this sort of looks like a brown recluse.

I haven't got close enough to it in the light to see if it has a violin, though.

Posted by: Marie at August 17, 2006 11:19 PM

If you will send me your e-mail I will forward a picture my grandson took on my daughters porch in Locust Grove, GA two weeks ago. Charles

Posted by: Charles Farkas at August 19, 2006 3:45 PM