Fears Need Facing, Even if it is Spiders

Flying Spiders in Florida

Imagine a spider as big as a dinner plate. Our spider was all black and HUGE
Imagine a spider as big as a dinner plate. Our spider was all black and HUGE

That Florida Spider was as Big as a Dinner Plate

There is generally a thing or two that people have a fear of and if you do not admit your fear, then you probably are not being very honest. I have to admit that I have a few fears and one of these is spiders. Spiders will make my heart either skip some beats or stop altogether depending upon how big the creature is and if is inside or outside my home. As long as the spider remains outside and away from the windows or doors, I am cool.

About twenty years ago, we had a home in Florida and a permanent residence in Michigan. I love to visit Florida, but I did not like staying for extended lengths of time, even if it is in the winter months.

My aunt and uncle bought this retirement home in 1964. Later, after my uncle passed away, my aunt did all she could to maintain the home for us to have when she passed on. We thought it would work out for us, but with kids in college two homes and all we had going on was too much for us so we sold the home.

When my aunt was living, we would stay with her in her home and always had a wonderful time. My aunt was one of those people whom everyone liked. She carried a smile on her face and a song in her heart. She passed away at the age of 93-years, in 1993.

RIP and God bless you Auntie.

On one of our visits to Florida with my husband and three children, everyone was watching television in the Florida room. I got tired, as it was late, so I went to our bedroom to get ready for bed. My aunt had central air conditioning and the vents sat high on the wall next to the ceilings.

As I was in the bedroom I turned toward this air vent to retrieve something and was not sure, I saw what I thought I saw. I could have sworn I saw two long skinny black legs enter the vent. I casually went to the Florida room and reluctantly told my husband to check the air vent.

Everyone, including my aunt remained at the television. My husband and daughter brought a chair to the bedroom so that his eyes were even with the air vent. He started to look inside. Mind you now, he thought I had been seeing things, but just wanted to pacify me so he could tell me there was nothing there.

In a split second, this huge black spider the size of a dinner plate literally flew out of that vent, over his head and on top of the bed. My husband yelled out because this spider nearly flew into his face. My daughter started screaming and I was in shock trying to get out of the room.

By this time, my aunt was in the bedroom with the boys. She went to retrieve a big broom. We laugh about the scenario we saw that night, but at the time there was nothing funny about seeing this little 89-year old woman beat that spider to a pulp, no words could describe the scene. These big strapping men would not kill that thing. After my aunt finally killed this spider, she put down her broom, looked at my husband and two sons and said, "Really? You were afraid of that little ole spider? You are aware that there are bigger ones down here?" She told my hubby to grab a dustpan and put the creature in the garbage.

I did not want to sleep in that room that night and my husband said I was being foolish. Well, I did go to bed in that room and I wore my glasses all night with my eyes fixed on that vent. I, also, told him I want to sleep near the door so I could get out quickly if I saw something in that vent again.

For someone who has a fear of spiders only deepened the fear more. We frequently talk about that night and are still amazed at the size of that spider.

Why Did She have to Spin Her Web in My Kitchen Window

I am glad that our spider is outside with a window between me and it.
I am glad that our spider is outside with a window between me and it.

A Creepy Spider on My Kitchen Window

This spider is very similar to the one we have in our kitchen window
This spider is very similar to the one we have in our kitchen window

My husband, daughter and I were in the kitchen tonight having a cup of coffee, and one of my large kitchen windows started the story all over again. At the beginning of the summer, my husband knew that there was a spider building a web on the outside of our kitchen window and he never told me. I discovered this one day as I was preparing to wash windows. I asked my faithful hubby to brush down the web and he just laughed and refused, saying that it was too pretty to destroy.

My daughter looked and was amazed at what a stunning web that the spider had made. My daughter took a closer look and said, "Dad, that spider has made four anchors to hold her web, just look at this job, it is amazing." Then the spider came from the side to the web's center and it was as big as a fifty-cent piece and getting bigger with an egg sac.

My daughter internet this spider to first see if would poison anyone and found it would do not harm to anyone. My hubby now had my daughter sold on keeping that spider around and I had to let my window go dirty until the end of October. Reason being, the spider would bury her young and die in October. We watched bugs, flies and other insects fly into that web all summer and Miss. Spider took her pick of dinner. I must admit it was interesting, but not interesting enough for me to keep around, however, I was out numbered and had to endure.

What my daughter found about this spider is as follows. The name of this spider is a Cross Orb weaver if you ever see this in your garden. There are a few other names for this spider such as, Orb Weavers, Diadem Spider and the European Garden Spider. These spiders are found most prevalent from early summer too late fall, when she leaves her web to deposit her several hundred eggs in a safe place. My neighbor has a bigger garden than we do so I hope she makes it over the fence.

This spider originated in Europe and showed up in the United States from Europe. The spider ranges in various colors such as yellow, burnt orange, and a darker gray color. Some have large white dots on their back that form a cross. Sizes range from 12mm to 21mm. These spiders take up residence in meadows, woodlands, hedgerows and gardens. Some even take up their homes inside structures sitting in the countryside. (Um? Penn State University mentioned nothing about kitchen windows, so I hope my daughter is not wrong about this).

When they weave their web they do an awesome job, at least the kitchens he kitchen window did a great job. When passing my kitchen window I have to stop and look at the intricacy of this web with all its anchors. The web is very complex and I do not know how they have such artistry, only God knows. (Sounds like I am getting to be a spider fan, but do not kid yourself for one minute). On this web she (I say she because it is the female that does all the work, sound familiar people)? Men, do not get your pantyhose in a knot I am just kidding. She awaits most flying insects, including bees and small sweat bees, flies and mosquitoes.

According to the information below we have no reason to fear this spider, it causes no ill side effects if someone gets a notion to handle it and get bitten. I vote, leave it alone.

Reference Only

1. Personal Accounts

2. http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/cross-orbweaver

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