Kill It With Fire! The Creepiest North Carolina Spiders Know Exactly Where You Sleep
What would Halloween be without a creepy strange spider picture or two? Over the last five years I have photographed a couple of peculiar spiders who can bring a shiver to some people. Actually their webs may be the scariest part!
How many of you walking out to empty the trash at night or through the woods at dusk have felt something soft brush against your face? When you aim a flashlight’s beam above you, see a gigantic web with a big fat spider in the middle of it and sending you running with cold chills and goosebumps!
The orb weavers, often seen on street signs or spanning between a tree and grass are really harmless, unless you injure yourself running away from them. These spiders have fat bodies and either sit in the middle of their web or sit on an attached branch with a monitor line to signal when they have a “guest”. They only eat bugs, but sure look creepy.
There is the spiny orb weaver also known as the “Smiley face spider.” This odd little being, respins its web every night and often takes down the web in the late morning. They can have a yellow, red or blue shell and look like little crabs.
Their webs are unique in that they leave little cottony blobs of web along the webs. The webs are somewhat kite and sometimes star shaped with long anchor lines to limbs in the trees and the ground.
While not local to North Carolina (thank goodness), one of the creepiest spiders is the Huntsman spider. In some parts of Florida they can live in your home, hanging around on the ceiling. That may not sound so creepy but there are two problems with them!
They can jump and they are fast. Wait, there are three problems with them, they can bite! Although not poisonous their bite is very painful and can cause nausea and vomiting and more. (So don’t miss when you try to capture one!) Oh, and problem number four is: a female’s egg sac can have over 200 little “darlings” in them!!
Another “fun fact” is the giant version can have a body up to 2 inches long and with their long legs, can extend to one foot in diameter, but those are usually in Laos, and other countries besides our own.
They are hunters so instead of spinning a web, they lurk on the sidelines, waiting to jump on their prey! Then they inject a chemical that turn their victims internal parts to goo!
Makes our creepy but peaceful little orb spinners seem rather pleasant, don’t you think?