Nature & Halloween: Along Came a Spider……..

Things were easing along through the Halloween evening…knocks at the front door, the dog barking and young voices yelling ‘Trick or Treat’. Suddenly, the noise level elevated. My wife shrieked for my presence. I suspected my wife was being robbed of her stash of Air Heads by a gang of too old to trick or treat juveniles. No, young girls were pointing out a dangling decoration above the front door.

I came to the door to see a large, grape sized body with long legs spinning a web from the Halloween lights I had strung above the door. I carefully scooped the creepy spider into a container and took it into the kitchen thinking I am going to photograph this critter.

I got the camera and plopped the spider out onto a paper towel thinking the spider might cooperate. It took some doing because this spider had ideas about spinning a web around the kitchen! I got a few shots and then released the spider away from the front door decorations.

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13 Responses to “Nature & Halloween: Along Came a Spider……..”

  1. November 1, 2013 at 17:28

    I love this story, my late and very dear Mum was a renowned Arachnologist and she would salute you for three things: 1 saving your wife, 2 saving the spider & 3 sharing your fine, fine pictures!


  2. November 1, 2013 at 06:15

    WOW! Amazing photographs and colours… Thank you dear Gary, have a nice day and weekend, love, nia


  3. 3 beckyinma
    November 1, 2013 at 04:07

    I hate spiders, they skeeve me out. That being said, you have a gorgeous female Cross Spider, a common garden orb spider. So pretty! Great pictures! http://www.eurospiders.com/Araneus_diadematus.htm


    • November 1, 2013 at 06:53

      Excellent…thank you for the identification help! The closest I had come, and I couldn’t really speak with any authority, was a Spinning Orb Spider…this is great..


  4. 6 Teresa Blay
    October 31, 2013 at 21:36

    Cool and a little creepy. 😉


  5. October 31, 2013 at 21:31

    Oh no.
    Beautiful spider…nice Halloween colors…BUT…
    I don’t know if I would have been brave enough to bring it into the kitchen for a photo op.


  6. October 31, 2013 at 21:03

    Wow. Fantastic images. You’ve outdone yourself this Halloween! 🙂


  7. October 31, 2013 at 20:18

    Fantastic!!!!!! What kind of spider is that?


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