Spiders 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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