The female usually eats her web each day and constructs a new one, often in the same place. These spiders are not particularly dangerous to people, and their bites result in nothing more than a sore, itchy swelling that goes away in a few days.

Here’s one in comparison to my daughter:

(oh, I KID…it’s not really that big – but you try walking into one of those webs unaware…)

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30 Comments on Just Your Average Texas Garden Spider

  1. Pretty Life Online
    July 30, 2008 at 1:30 am (9 years ago)

    LOL! lovely catch for ww! mine’s up too hope you can drop by…. Happy WW!

  2. Ryanne
    July 30, 2008 at 2:24 am (9 years ago)

    ooh my I don’t think I like those at all, ok not a lot of think has to go into it , I do like those, but the first picture is kinda cool, the bright colors of the “monster” (that is what we call them in my house) against the brick is actually very pretty..did I just call a monster pretty…it must be a great shot then! Sorry so wordy….Happy WW

  3. One Mom
    July 30, 2008 at 3:57 am (9 years ago)

    Your daughter looks like I feel about spiders! Please keep them in Texas!

  4. Busymama Karen
    July 30, 2008 at 4:44 am (9 years ago)

    Oh my! I didn’t realize I feared spiders until now. I’m adding them to my list…frogs, mice, lizards, spiders…

  5. Stella and Thomas
    July 30, 2008 at 5:07 am (9 years ago)

    That is the biggest spider i have ever seen! Wow!!!

  6. Mimi aka pz5wjj
    July 30, 2008 at 5:31 am (9 years ago)

    Haha! Your daughter does not look amused! We had one in our garden last year — only maybe since we’re in Georgia, it was a Georgian Garden Spider?

    Happy WW!

  7. Megan (FriedOkra)
    July 30, 2008 at 6:05 am (9 years ago)

    (Shudder.) Hey, at least it’ll eat up plenty of those nasty Texan Skeeters, right? (Just polishin’ the dull side, ma’am. Polishin’ the dull side.)

  8. Karen
    July 30, 2008 at 6:35 am (9 years ago)

    I’m sorry, did you say AVERAGE?! ACK! I’d be so freaked out I’d probably run INTO the web instead of away from it. And I have to agree with the commenters, your daughter’s expression is priceless!

    Write From Karen

  9. Misty
    July 30, 2008 at 6:38 am (9 years ago)

    EWWWW. oh my goodness…

  10. wildcatsthree
    July 30, 2008 at 7:00 am (9 years ago)

    That’s quite a spider…good thing it’s not poisonous, as it seems to love your place. happy ww

  11. marlene
    July 30, 2008 at 7:17 am (9 years ago)

    Just the one I’m scared of! And your daughter seemed scared of it, too. 🙂

  12. Mocha with Linda
    July 30, 2008 at 8:09 am (9 years ago)

    Great picture!!

  13. homeschoolceo
    July 30, 2008 at 9:41 am (9 years ago)

    LOL! She seems so thrilled to take part in this. That spider is amazing. I recently posted a pic from a trip to NC where we discovered a Black Widow in the garden and I thought that was hair-raising. You’ve got me beat! Happy WW 😛

  14. danandmarsh
    July 30, 2008 at 9:46 am (9 years ago)

    Our garden spyders in Kansas don’t look like that or I’d be running for the hills!! LOL

  15. Madeline
    July 30, 2008 at 10:01 am (9 years ago)

    We have some like that as well. They’re huge!! Avoiding their webs is definitely advised. Otherwise you might get stuck. 😉

  16. Summer
    July 30, 2008 at 11:34 am (9 years ago)

    Eeewwww, spiders creep me out!

  17. Audrey
    July 30, 2008 at 11:48 am (9 years ago)

    That is quite a photo. We have a lot of spiders where I live and my one daughter just hates them. She makes me take them out of the bathtub before she’ll get in.

    I read your interview tips on another blog, which is how I found you. I’m so glad to have read your answers. They were awesome!!

  18. Sara
    July 30, 2008 at 12:40 pm (9 years ago)

    I am now glad that all we have are little jumping spiders around our house.

  19. Mia's Mama
    July 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm (9 years ago)

    what is it about Texas? we get those huge banana spiders, too. they still creep me out!
    Fun/creepy shots 🙂

    happy ww

  20. Natalie @ I AM (not)
    July 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm (9 years ago)

    We have those…..eeeeeewwwww, cool, but eeeeeeewwww

  21. Eve
    July 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm (9 years ago)

    We had some nasty spiders in Arizona, but only the sewer roaches were that big! Glad to be back in Idaho where only the hobos scare us.

  22. Emily
    July 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm (9 years ago)

    very creepy looking! like mia’s mama said, everything’s bigger in texas!

  23. Brandy
    July 30, 2008 at 5:41 pm (9 years ago)

    oh wow that is a great (scary) picture of your daughter and the spider, though she really doesn’t look pleased lol.

  24. Muthering Heights
    July 30, 2008 at 8:45 pm (9 years ago)

    Ewww, my skin is crawling just looking at that thing!

  25. Angie
    July 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm (9 years ago)

    I think I’ll pass on the ‘walking into their web’ bit. Yikes!!
    Have a great (spider-free) day!!

  26. where the boys are
    July 31, 2008 at 8:48 pm (9 years ago)

    Ok – I don’t mean to get into a “my spider is bigger than your spider” contest, but I recently had a very large visitor on my front porch as well. And if our bricks are the same size, your spider might have been a hair larger.
    You tell me:
    http://wheretheboysare.wordpress.com/2008/07/16/eight-legged-freak/

  27. Kim
    August 1, 2008 at 4:30 am (9 years ago)

    That is a HUUUUUUUUUGE spider. Yikes!!! I’m afraid of the tiniest of spiders to the biggest, it doesn’t matter. ICKY!!!!!

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