I know why the spider frightened Miss Muffett away....it was probably a Black Widow.
Today was one of those "piddling" days where there are some things on the to-do list but nothing really pressing (finally!) I had gone to the big high tunnel to remove unneeded items for the winter season and store them where they are supposed to be stored--flower pots, a stray gourd, a sprayer, and a sprayer box with attachments inside. The box had been flattened during its abuse this summer, being tossed around out of the way of summer harvesting.
I took all the "stuff" to the shop to sort out and properly store. I opened the sprayer box and noticed that the owner's manual brochure, warranty card, and plastic bag with spray tips were all glued inside the box with spider webs, including about 2 dozen acorns and some leaves. I swiped it all out with my hand (bare, no less) and cleaned off the book and other items and put them away. I had thrown the box down in the floor of the seed starting greenhouse and when I walked back out there, this is what I saw:
The spider is just to the right of the peanut butter lid. I know it doesn't look like much here, but in real life it weighed 2 pounds! Well, it WAS about 1-1/4" from tip-to-tip. I was REALLY, REALLY close...can't you tell?
And I was lucky she didn't bite me while I was sweeping her house clean with my hand!
P.S. The peanut butter jar lid is what I used to trap her while I ran to get the camera.
P.S. again.....she's a lot smaller now.
Posted by Terry
@ 01:29 PM CDT