Farm Life: Not-So-Itsy-Bitsy Spider

P1070762Spiders creep people out.  All those legs and eyes.  Fliamenty webs stretch across the garden pathway, usually right across one’s nose.  Insect body parts tangle into those webs, while the spiders digest the soft abdomens with toxic saliva.  But, spider are harmless to humans for the most part, if we leave them to their task of policing other creepy-crawling critters.  Most spiders keep themselves hidden and run as quickly as possible from our monstrous size.  In our region, only the black widow and brown recluse spiders are worrisome because of their venomous bites.  This brightly colored spider on the side of our garden was just plumping up prior to laying an egg sack of hundreds of more spiders.  Of those, a few will survive the elements and birds.


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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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6 Responses to Farm Life: Not-So-Itsy-Bitsy Spider

  1. Yes spiders are such wondrous creatures. Even those venomous spiders you mention aren’t deadly are they?

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Unfortunately, a bite from a black widow or brown recluse will do more than give you an itchy bump on the arm. Both can kill a person. If you are bit, but do not by whom, and see a blue/black line forming, go the emergency department immediately.

  2. KerryCan says:

    I like spiders and try to save them from misfortune when possible. But a guy bought some grapes in the local Sam’s Club and, when he started to wash the grapes, found a brown recluse spider in the bunch. That kind of freaked me out.

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