Writing Spider

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. – Sir Walter Scott

This writing spider had made a home in my Scuffidine vine the other year. It is a large garden spider that is good to have around to kill unwanted insects. According to wikipedia:

  • They are non-poisonous
  • Can eat insects up to twice their size
  • Web is characterized as having a large white zigzag in the center

I know of a couple of people that are absolutely terrified of spiders. I’m only aware of 2 venomous spiders in North Carolina; the Black Widow and the Brown recluse.

Outside of a granddaddy long-legs, the largest (most intimidating) spider I’ve ever run across was a wolf spider. It’s been several years but if my memory serves me right, I think it was close to 2 1/2″ in diameter. No I didn’t kill it, rather I “very carefully” relocated it to the woods. Unless it’s poisonous or in the way, I will usually leave it alone. ~MB

Question: What’s the largest spider you’ve ever run across?

Photographic Notes: Nikon D200 with 18-200 mm VR f/3.5-5.6 lens. All images © Matt Bennett Photography.


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