I talked before about the resident spider - Charlotte - but in the interest of keeping my daughter's pulse from spiking, I'll start with a picture of Max and a warning that she need not scroll down past his picture because there be monsters.
And now we come to Charlotte. I tried looking up her exact species, but only managed to boil it down to 'standard garden orb weaver'. :shrug: Anyway, she's about an inch - inch and a quarter long minus the legs. And she's doing a wonderful job of eating large bugs. Yay for Charlotte.
Don't worry - she's outside. She's just happened to build her wonderful web outside the north window in the sunroom. And as long as she stays where we can see her and not run into her or have her on us in any way, she gets to live.
Pretty damn creepy, but she's okay out there. Now the other spiders her size that keep making their orb webs on the front porch, by the garbage can, and between the cars? They really need to move out into the woods because the first time I walk into one of their webs is the last time they build one. I admire their bug eating abilities but my niceness only goes so far.
Yup. We've had a couple that would try to build from the house to a tree and I'd walk into that sucker every time I let the dogs out and had to check for wild critters. (They can take a possum off the 6' fence faster than I can say, "No, no bad dog!") After about the fifth or sixth time, the spider got the message and moved locations. LOLReplyDelete
Good to see Max looking comfortable!
We've had some spiders the past couple of years, but this year they've had a population explosion. Might be due to all the rain. LOL about the dogs.Delete
Yeah, he gets some inside time now and then. That's him in the sunroom.
One year we had a Charlotte too! She below one of our kitchen windows. But was about the same size but she was white. One day I happened to spot a wasp land on her web. I've never seen anything move as fast as that spider trying to wrap that wasp up in her web. Fascinating to watch!ReplyDelete
They are fascinating, Karyn. What you had was probably a white-back orb weaver. (I saw them while I was searching for Charlotte's species.) Cool.Delete
How is Max? Is he eating?ReplyDelete
I let most spiders live as long as they're not inside. I get bit far too often.
Max has his good days and his bad, Maria. He's eating better than he did at his worst points, but still not like the glutton I know he can be. The vet said this is the worst case of stomatitis he'd ever seen.Delete
Ugh, spider bites are the worst. And that's why they have to die if they come in the house.