I came across this little gem while going through the photos in my collection. I took a picture of this little guy a week or so ago. The picture doesn’t quite do the size of this fellow justice. In actuality this is about the biggest spider I have ever seen. He was about 3 or so inches across and at first I didn’t notice him. But when I did, I have to admit I jumped back. I have been to the botanical gardens dozens of times and have never seen anything more dangerous than bumblebees. This little fella gave me quite the startle.
I went back a couple of days later and saw three spiders of the same kind through the gardens. After seeing the third one I really wanted to get a good picture. I thought that perhaps brushing the spider with a long blade of grass might make him move just a little so I could get a better shot.
He moved alright. He began to rock back and forth in the middle of his web getting the whole thing to swing! He got it moving about six inches from front to back. I’ve never seen a spider do that. I figured I better leave him alone before he hurt himself or worse yet, me.
Check out the big picture, he’s a creepy little crawly.
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