Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Spiders everywhere

I don't know about you but I'm not fond of having spider webs across my face. I like spiders but don't fancy the idea of running into webs every morning when I go to the kennel. There is a huge healthy crop of golden silk spiders this year at Surry. These spiders are sometimes called Banana Spiders because of their yellow bodies. They weave very strong webs which look like a gold thread in the sunshine.

Generally, you'll see the female because she is much bigger than the male. She is about 3 inches long, and the male is only 1/2 inch long. The webs are a work of art and are huge. I can't tell you how many I've had draped across me thus far. Thankfully, the spiders rarely ever bite people.
The bite is supposedly similar to a deer fly bite but these aren't aggressive spiders so I've never been bitten by one.

Mostly the spider wants to get away from you when you hit the web. I've taken down a few webs but haven't harmed the spiders. I'm hoping that the spiders will relocate out of a pathway and will continue to eat up any mosquitos that happen to be around.

In the meantime, I'm pulling spider webs out of my hair.

1 comment:

Mama Grizzly said...

WOW! Very cool picture - cool looking spider!