Saturday, July 30, 2011
There I was picking cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and eggplants, merrily checking off this that that from the list. I was blissful in my servitude until I stumbled upon Shelob herself. A demon spider that was at least 10 feet long. Ok, 10 feet or three inches but it was really big. Just for scale the fence strakes are 2 inches apart.
DAMN YOU SAMWISE GAMGEE - WHY DIDN'T YOU FINISH THE JOB WHEN YOU HAD THE CHANCE!!!!!!!!!
This is no normal spider, it's big and I even got a picture of it shooting it's white jagged lighting ray of icky spider death. Look at the picture as it nearly cost me my life. It also has some form of mind control capabilities - just after catching sight of this horror I was overcome with a desire to leave the garden.
Hmmmm, maybe there was something more to my wife's insistence that my insurance policy be updated....
I decided to use the Web to find out what kind of spider I have in the Garden (thank you Al Gore!). I was sure it was either some form of man-eating, venom shooting, irradiated mutation with name like "Death Stalker"or "Widow-Maker". I'm pretty sure I've seen one of them face Godzilla in one of those movies from the 60's.
Deftly my fingers searched the web, google-fu in full contact mode and I discovered the species -"Argiope Aurantia" better known as the "Yellow Garden Spider". The spider is harmless to man (if one doesn't count causing the heebie-geebies as harmful) and are viewed as a good thing to have in the garden as they are voracious eaters of pests.
Kind of a let down, isn't it. While a Argiope Aurantia is viewed as a "good spider", it's still damn big!