Posted 4 years ago
Normally I am most definitely "arachnophobic". Even though I've never had any huge problem with most any other bugs/snakes/rodents/etc (unless they're unexpectedly 'in the house'?) I've *always* recoiled from spiders -- don't know why offhand, and don't really care either -- it just "is". ;-) :-)
The key to that thought is 'if they stay outside, in their own environment'... ;-) Which brings me to introduce y'all to "Frank" here, who has taken up residence at a corner of my carport for the past few days, over the gate and under the light to my backyard patio. Frank seems to be just the most recent kinda large (and probably well fed at the moment?) typical "garden spider" that has politely (if mistakenly) enough chose to build his home outside of mine like he should have. THUS, he will survive mostly undisturbed until a bird (or some other bigger critter?) gets him, or I otherwise actually need to open that gate... ;-)
The pics don't really show how colorful/pretty he is (even if shaped as a dreadfully unpleasant thing) mostly because of the artificial ambient lighting -- he is actually an assortment of various orangey-brown colors reminiscent of a calico cat. 1st pic is as close as I was willing to get to him...2nd pic more shows how big he's spun his web (in relation to the door/etc) and the 4th (w/camera flash) shows his web better.
OH, and for the record, I name/gender all the garden spiders that occasionally show up 'hanging around' my carport "FRANK"... ;-) :-)