Now, that's one advantage of living in Ohio, you don't have tarantulas. I really appreciated your article. We see the garden spiders and your explanation of them kind of help to allay my fears, somewhat. I have been very afraid of spiders since one happened to be in the netting of my Easter dress when I was a little girl. I jumped and jumped, yelling, "Get it out, get it out!" It was a horrific experience for a child. Thanks again for your article and pictures.