Saturday, August 27, 2011
The garden orb weaver spider...It is a stout, reddish-brown or grey spider with triangular abdomen. The Garden Orb Weavers build large, strong, vertical orb webs. The web is usually built in the evenings and taken down again at dawn. The spider rests head-down in the centre of the web during darkness, waiting for prey. During the day, the spider rests under nearby branch or in nearby foliage with its legs drawn under the body.
The bite is usually non-toxic but could cause swelling, sharp pain and numbness. But people usually die of a heart attack because of the fright he causes .
He lives right outside our main entrance door! Skye knows not to touch the bushes. Don't worry, Michael is actually standing right behind him but not touching him, of course.