Orb Weaver

Orb Weaver sounds like a very mystic name for this giant spider.  As usual, I stuck my arm into plants without looking around first and was startled by this very large spider on a very large web.  I did some research and found that the nearly 4-inch spiders are nonvenomous and not aggressive.  Like all wild creatures, it will bite if provoked.

The Orb Weaver is most active at night.  In this photo the spider was preening itself, carefully cleaning each foot.

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15 Comments on “Orb Weaver”

  1. Back when we had horses and used ride in the Patapsco State Park between Howard and Baltimore Counties, we used to come across big, fat banana yellow spiders hanging in their glistening webs suspended in bushes along the gas pipeline. They we were quite startling but also quite dramatic. You could easily see them from ten feet away.

  2. shoreacres says:

    They’re such cool spiders. I’ll admit I don’t enjoy getting a faceful of their web, but they probably don’t enjoy having to rebuild it.

  3. Deb says:

    Spiders are sure ugly in my book but I don’t bother them ( at least not these) great bug eating machines!

  4. Tina says:

    I love these beauties, even when they snag my beloved bees. I haven’t seen one this year, which is odd. But I suspect I’ll have them back in the garden in the future. Nice set of shots!

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Great shots! I recently did the same and inadvertently wrecked its web. Sadly, she had the mummies of three honeybees, but everyone’s got to eat right? I was happy to find nearby her nest of eggs ready for next year. I’ll be careful to put it in a safer place than the frosted zinnias.
    btw, how was your trip north? Are you back home now?

  6. I’ve not found an explanation for why spiders of this type normally hang in their web with their head down rather than up.

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