Thursday, July 22, 2010


I found this spider out by our compost bin. Because I'm nice to insects outside, I refuse to break its web in order to spin the composter so the the compost is just sitting in there getting all nasty. The web is set up so we can still add stuff to the compost, we just can't turn it.

To give you an idea of how big this thing is, it's body from head to butt is about the size of a quarter. It is a Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia), and supposedly it is not prone to biting, and when it does, the bite is no worse than a bee sting.

Still. I think I'll keep my distance.

[I'll add a nostalgia section here about spiders, but I won't do it tonight, so check back later]


The Spiteful Chef said...

You know he can rebuild his web, right? I mean, shit. Look at everyone in the gulf coast? How many times has nature tried to spin its composter and those guys keep rebuilding, despite knowing that their web is going to get straight jacked by nature again?

Dani said...

I like the Speeder picture. :)