The Creepy Spider


Originally uploaded by acgeal

Another fine Elliot Lake bush camping find. This ugly sucker was spinning a web near the road (Stanrock) and hubby decided to snap a photo of it.

I hate spiders, I have a phobia of them but at least I don’t scream like a little girly girl like hubby does when I see one. They give me the heebies though.

This spider is called Araneidae or Orb Weaver Spider.

Araneidae is a large family. They can be small to large in side. All species in this family, if they make webs, they make vertical or horizontal orb webs. Some species construct some sort of stabilizer in the center of the web. Some members in this family do not make web at all. All of them have eight eyes.

Their body and legs are usually hairy. It is believed that those hair are their major sensors, as the eyes to human, to sense the world. They extend their sense of touch by using their web as wall. The spider reacts to loud noise, so do not speak loudly when watching spider. The spider on its web will ignore the strong wind but will react to your slight blow towards it. Most web weaver spiders are blind, or at least with very poor eye sight. They will not react to the light of torch, or even the flash of camera. But they can distinguish day and night. We seldom see spiders build their webs during day time.


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