Yes, I'm one of those people
I am fascinated by spiders.
I don't know exactly why.
Maybe it's because I know they eat so many pesky bugs.
Maybe because their silk has been shown to be stronger than Kevlar in many cases.
Maybe it's because the Orb Weavers species spin such intricate and often perfect webs---while upside down and with their back legs.
Maybe it's because of Charlotte's Web.
In any case, large spiders have been absent from my land during our recent droughts.
I haven't seen this particular spider since June of 2010.
She (yes, she) is a Giant Lichen Orbweaver.
She is one of the heaviest Orbweavers.
I would think spinning a big web would be difficult, just because she can't launch herself easily from branch to branch.
I am incorrect.
We have several on our property that have anchor lines that stretch 10' or more between branches.
I'd love to see that part of the construction, but I have only witnessed the spinning of the concentric circles.
You'll be happy to know that this pretty girl is not venomous.
In fact, she's terribly shy.
It took me several tries over the course of a week to get these pictures.
Every time I'd approach her web, she'd high-tail it to the safety of the tree branches.
Just like in Charlotte's Web, this spider will live out her summer here.
She will spin one, (possibly two) egg sacs and then die this Fall.
Until then, I walk carefully between trees.
Ever on the lookout for enormous webs.
I can love spiders, but not love getting wrapped up in their webs, can't I?