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Now, where did I put my tuffet? [Nov. 21st, 2009|11:20 am]

We have a new porch spider. Only, this one doesn't actually build her web across the porch, which is nice. We still have to be careful approaching the front door, but at least there is a way to get in and out of the house after dark.

I don't know what happened to our old porch spider. She disappeared one night, and although I like to assume she simply moved on, I suspect she came to a bad spidery end.

Our old spider was an orb spider. She was very pretty. Our new spider is some kind I've never seen before. She's still pretty, but in a creepier way. Her body is about the size of a dime, and she's hairy.

I'm always impressed by the patience of our porch spider. Every night she spins an enormous web, and every morning she takes it down again. In between the spinning and taking down is a lot of sitting and waiting. There is a lesson there, I think. Of course, there's always the possibility that she's complaining and whining the whole time, and I just don't know it since I don't speak spider.

Anyway, here she is:


And back

[User Picture]From: sweet3mich
2009-11-21 08:16 pm (UTC)
omgomgomg. I that really her??? omgomg. I don't know how you do it. I couldn't share my space with a spider...omgomg. It's giving me goosebumps!! OMG.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2009-11-22 01:37 pm (UTC)
So, I'm guessing you don't like spiders?
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[User Picture]From: sweet3mich
2009-11-22 03:39 pm (UTC)
Heh. Just a little...

okay...a LOT.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-11-21 10:45 pm (UTC)


What lovely photographs, but that thing ain't nobody's Grandma. O Spin-the-Moon, if it twere me, I would have the man-of-the-house relocate that thing away from said house, until you can find out what kind of spider she is. Just erring on the side of caution. Even the bite of a plain ole house-and/or-garden spider can be very painful and can get infected. If it were a deeper or redder hue, it would look like a spider from Mars, but not in the daytime.

You could always get a large Venus flytrap or pitcher lily plant and put both of them--the spider and the whatever plant you get--in the back garden, or ANYWHERE away from the normal daily perambulations of you and your kith & kin AND watch them from a safe distance.

Ew. Have fun.

looking for the mood-enhancers
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[User Picture]From: thecranewife
2009-11-22 03:08 am (UTC)
uh.... I think that spider ate your orb spider.

I used to be terrified of spiders (as in wouldn't click that link) before living in Texas. Now I'm just kind of 'eh,' about them unless they are on me. I like those tiny ones that raise their fists at you if you look at them. And orb weavers.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2009-11-22 01:40 pm (UTC)
It's hard to live in Texas and be afraid of bugs.

I like the little speckeled gray ones that live on trees (even though one bit me once) and the little jumpy ones.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-11-23 02:11 pm (UTC)

Not a member of the arachnid fan club.

Yikes! That spider ate the little spider. Scary. I am getting anxious just looking at a closeup. Must. Never. Live. In. Texas.

Kathi, who hates spiders. Yes, a big word HATE. Perfectly appropriate.
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From: blissonbliss
2009-11-23 05:54 pm (UTC)
I think it's beautiful. I bet up close the face is really cute too.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2009-11-24 12:45 am (UTC)
Do you think ZM could tell me what kind she is?
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[User Picture]From: nevermind_that
2009-11-23 10:13 pm (UTC)
Okay, the pictures are beautiful, but...OMFGSPIDER.

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[User Picture]From: jchammonds
2009-11-24 03:16 pm (UTC)
Ack! I am not generally afraid of spiders, but ACK!
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