Scared of his own shadow

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Ya think? Isn't this a GORGEOUS spider? He was big, too - his body was about 1.25" long, I'm thinking. There's another post with him on a thistle head, and that shows his size a little better.

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Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

Georgeous is not the first word that came to mind! Interesting, big, great photo with that shadow but not georgeus! LOL

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Well, ya just had to see him live in person, LOL! He was irridescent like tinfoil with colored glaze over it. I can't even begin to describe it. Really cool, and I almost missed seeing him! Hard to believe you can miss something that HUGE, but you can! Unless it's crawling up your pantleg or something *ewww shudder*. Okay, I grossed myself out there. ;-)

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

GW, This spider looks like what my friend calls a 'garden spider'... and she says to count yourself lucky if they choose to live in your garden!

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

That reminds me - I wanted to post a picture of it in the Identification forum. When I showed it to my mom today, she exclaimed she remembers loving those spiders as a little girl. She remembers how pretty their webs are. :-)

Yes, that's one of my favorites,hard worker in the gardens'
Great pic' Sis'

(Zone 6a)

I've got one of those on my young dogwood tree. I was wondering when I was going to see them. I haven't seen any all year, until a month ago.

Straide, Mayo, Ireland(Zone 9a)


I have to agree. 8 legged friends give me the heebeegeebees especially when a male house spider, Tegenaria, runs across the floor while I'm up late.

currently visiting Jane,

Crossville, TN

Gardenwife, if you get this excited about this spider you'd LOVE these HUGE grasshoppers we have out here. They look like something out of a Spielberg movie. I have just completed my first year in Arizona, and these things STRIP the leaves off most "coddled" plants out here. I'm used to the "back east" variety. These die off after monsoon season is over....thank you, Lord! Jo

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Okay, let me rephrase this...I think the spider's gorgeous, but I would NOT like to look down and see it running across my pants leg! LOL! Those crickets you're talking about, Roadrunner, are they those huge ones -- I saw them in a book, but I can't remember their name. What are they called again?

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