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Wed Sep 24, 2014, 09:52 PM

 

Golden Orb Weaver Spider? Pics Added to help ID

Last edited Wed Sep 24, 2014, 10:38 PM - Edit history (1)

Has anyone ever seen these things? They are HUGE, and make massive webs. I don't want to get too close, because they aren't in my garden but in the empty lot next door.

They certainly are too close for comfort, though.

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Reply Golden Orb Weaver Spider? Pics Added to help ID (Original post)
Aerows Sep 2014 OP
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Sep 2014 #1
NRaleighLiberal Sep 2014 #2
Aerows Sep 2014 #3
Aerows Sep 2014 #4
Curmudgeoness Sep 2014 #7
Aerows Sep 2014 #5
NJCher Sep 2014 #6

Response to Aerows (Original post)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 10:01 PM

1. Had one in my raspberry canes a few years back.

Totally freaked me out.

(Edit: At least I think that's what it was - I'm not sure my ID was correct, but it looked like one to me.)

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Response to Aerows (Original post)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 10:10 PM

2. We are in big web/big spider season here - all over my front porch, windows,

and always a threat for their webs to be walked into while walking around or mowing the lawn (my wife always knows what happened when she sees me flailing my arms about at something not visible!).

Spiders are great friends to gardeners.

This is they



Different than the ones that are always in my garden, which get big and are quite surprising to find!


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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 10:19 PM

3. No, these don't look like either of those

 

They are huge, and sit in the middle of the web right side up, they are yellow - I guess they are banana spiders.

I'm not about to mess with them. They are kind of pretty, but I don't want to wander into a web one of them has!

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Response to Aerows (Original post)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 10:32 PM

4. I took a picture of it earlier

 

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Response to Aerows (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 06:38 PM

7. You are right, that is one freaking big spider!

I don't know what it is, but it could be a kind of garden spider. They make webs like that and they are big----but I have never seen one THAT big. I see that the web is all over the place there. I would not be mowing the grass around there for a while.

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Response to Aerows (Original post)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 10:45 PM

5. I'm sorry I'm a wimp

 

but I'm kind of afraid to get closer LOL.

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Response to Aerows (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 09:29 AM

6. awww, don't worry about them

I live in a place that, if it had a name, should be called "Spider Hollow." I co-exist with all kinds of spiders, both in my house and outside. Can't say as I've ever had a bite and I've been here 17 years.

Now, maybe my positive attitude about spiders comes from a museum show I saw about 20 years ago at one of the Smithsonium museums in D.C. They are so useful around the garden, is one thing I learned.

However, if you don't like them indoors, one thing you can do that repels them is to take tomato branches and put them around your baseboards. I've not done this as they don't bother me, but I have read and heard from friends that it's a successful approach.

I don't even destroy their webs, even if in an inconvenient place. I just work around it until they resolve where they're going to live. I hate the idea of destroying any being's hard work and effort, especially if it's just trying to survive (kind of like what I'm doing).

I'll bet if you read up on spiders, your anxiety about them will just kinda' go away.



Cher

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