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10-15-2007, 02:25 PM
Wow!!! I don't know how I would react to seeing a spider that big near my house. I was telling my grandmother about these pictures, and she told me that (long ago) when she lived in Oceanside CA, she had two of them come into her house. She was so scared of them she had to get the neighbors come and catch them for her!
As far as I'm aware, we don't have any spiders nearly that large in my area, but we do have some beauties. Here's a pic I took last month, right out of my front door.
She's a Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia-
easily identified by the beautiful coloring and the distinctive zig zag in her web), and she was almost 4", including legs. As soon as I saw her I ran to get the camera. Of course that got my son's attention, so he had to come look, too... I don't want to embarass poor SharkBait, so let's just say that he wasn't as excited to see her as I was!
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