Sunday, October 11, 2009

Along came a spider, and sat down beside her.

We found this spider outside our house building a very large round web from the house to a tree.

And I mean large as in, trying-to-catch-a-toddler-for-lunch, large. It was about the size of a quarter.

I found out it is a Jewel Spider, sometimes called a cat spider because it's belly looks like a cat's face. Seeing how I didn't pick it up and examine the belly (ha, right.) I just thought it looked like a crab. It's technical name is "Araneus Gemmoides" an orb weaving spider. If you really want the creeps, go to the identifying website for some freaky spider pictures.

You can kind of see it's web in this one. It was quite large and went from the house to a tree with a distance of about 2 feet. Probably the largest web I've eve seen.

Hope the pictures weren't too gross, I hate spiders myself, but these were just too cool not to share :)


  1. yikes, tell me you killed it! i don't want it coming over and eating boston for lunch!