ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Meet Steve, the Garden Spider

Updated on May 15, 2015

When we first met..

Spiders are known for being scary, it's just something that goes with being a spider. The giant spiders from Harry Potter don't help with that persona either. I personally have never been afraid of spiders, but that doesn't mean I want to go hang out with one. After working at a Pest Control company for so long, I've become more used to creepy crawlies. Back in 2013, I was walking into my parents kitchen and I noticed a spider on the window, so I walked over to squish it.... naturally. I then realized the spider was outside and quite frankly I was too lazy to go ALL THE WAY outside and THEN squish it. Whatever was on tv was way more important than killing that creepy 8 legged thing.

A few days later....

Because I love my parents so much and not because my mom was making her famous enchiladas, I was back at their house a few days later. That spider was STILL there. STILL! Same exact spot, but he now had a nifty little web and was hanging out in the corner. I thought to myself "Good for him... Making a nice little home...". At this point in time, both my parents and brother had seen this spider and how rapidly he was growing. So we decided to just leave him be, the enchiladas were done anyways. Way more important, right?

This is Steve
This is Steve

Are you afraid of spiders?

See results

By now it has been about 2 weeks...

We decided to name the spider last week and for some reason we decided on the name Steve. Well actually, I chose Steve and everyone agreed, he just looked like a Steve. Anyways, Steve was doing very well and catching lots of bugs, getting really fat too. Every now and then he wouldn't catch anything for a full day and so my brother went out and would swat bugs into his web. Steve grew on us, he'd follow our finger around through the glass window. Who knew spiders could have such personality?

The day we said goodbye...

Springtime is when spiders get really bad at my parents place. Every year we have the house sprayed so they aren't running a spider hotel. Let me tell you a little something about myself, I'm terrified of mosquito eaters and you know what? Steve ate them. While he was living with us he ate those like they were going out of style (mainly because I had my brother swat them into his web) (mosquito eaters are so gross) (did I mention they're gross?) .... (gross)... Anyways.. The day came that we had Bloom come out to spray our house for spiders and we were actually curious if Steve would make it through the spray.

Nope...

Steve didn't make it.

Here is another photo of what Steve would look like, the European Garden Spider. Notice the white cross on it's back.
Here is another photo of what Steve would look like, the European Garden Spider. Notice the white cross on it's back.

The life of Steve

Steve was a (European) Garden Spider and although he's not the prettiest crayon in the box he had a purpose being here. Steve is harmless to humans, and usually lives in or near meadows and gardens. He can be found near well lit outdoor areas (like our window that had a very bright kitchen light on the opposite side of his web). Steve was given the nickname " Cross Spider " due to the cross that's on his back. That's a marking that makes it easy for you to identify Steve if you ever come across one. When a lady Steve has eggs, she can have 300-900. She will leave her web and go find a cozy and safe piece of dead bark or a lovely crevice somewhere and make an unpleasant looking, yellow, silky sac where she will drop her babies off. So yes, Steve can seem standoffish and scary sometimes. But they mean well, and they're just living their lives like us, one day at a time.

Are you still afraid of spiders?

See results

© 2015 Danielle Schneider

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)