So I was working in my garden the other day when I got caught on a guitar string. It really wasn’t a guitar string, it just felt like one. It was an anchor line of a spider’s web. A really really big spider’s web, so big the web stretched from my garden fence, which is about three feet high, to the top of a fifteen foot tree.
I couldn’t find the spider but I did notice the web had been ripped up as if maybe a bird flew through it or maybe a bird got caught in it and the spider bit the bird, wrapped it up in silk, and cut the bird from the web and dragged it up into the tree.
The thought made me a little nervous because I do work in the garden every day and I’d prefer not to get a spider of that size on me.
We have an awful lot of orb spiders in the yard this year, many more than usual. I don’t bug them, I just try not to stick my face in a web.
So a few days ago I made my husband come outside and feel the anchor lines. He was reluctant. He thought I was just being silly, but then he touched the lines and was flabbergasted – they felt like the strings of his guitar. Like steel thread or something.
Yesterday afternoon I noticed that the web had been entirely rebuilt. It was huge. Last night I grabbed a flashlight and made my husband accompany me out into the dark to find the spider. We did and we were both astonished.
The Lady, and you know she’s a she because the biggest spiders are female, is huge. Her body is about an inch and a half across. I don’t even want to speculate how big she would be with her legs extended. She’s a pretty pink and reflects light. My husband took a closeup photo and you can’t see much detail. She kind of looks like a gummy spider in the picture. I assure you, she is not a gummy spider.
This morning I got up and the web had been ripped apart again, no spider in sight. I hope she didn’t get eaten by a bat. In the photo you can see where a bird flew through the web. Cool huh?