Right outside the back door under the light. Jees!! I’ve taken a LOT of photos of spiders over time, but must admit this one is by far the creepiest (or is it “most creepy”?). Yet, I found myself drawn in even closer for a good shot, willing to risk being attacked and quickly spun into cocoon. It almost looks like a painted shell of some sort with legs glued on as an afterthought… Right now, I think I’m actually more afraid of this photo than I was while taking the pictures. Weird, huh?
I do probably take too many photos of bugs, but oh, what a world, and researching is half the fun! This is the marbled orbweaver spider (caution: home page is also frightening). My biology-spider-venom-studying med student nephew might be disappointed to know that this one “is not considered a medically important species”. Bummer!
Sweet dreams, everyone!