Orb SpiderOrb spiders magically appear in August and they seem to stick around for about a month, then one day you realize they have disappeared. The webs are spectacular, sometimes as large as a circular web of 6 feet or more, between buildings and trees or shrubs.  I practice spider tai-chi in the early morning, taking cautious steps while slowly swinging my arms in all directions in an effort not to go face-first into a big spider.

Orb spider webs are beautiful and strong. Having walked through quite a few Orb spider webs in the last few weeks, I’ve had a few ‘moments.’  I’m okay when I walk through the web but when I see a big spider out of the corner of my eye sitting on my shoulder, not so much. Not the best way to get your heart rate up

Fortunately, the bite of Orb spiders is not considered to be toxic to humans and they are non-aggressive, so we’ve got that going for us.  They are a non-aggressive group of spiders and they seldom bite. Their webs snare flying insects so quite often you’ll see the spider eating something it has caught. This spider is feasting on a big grasshopper.

Orb spider eating a grasshopper

ARACHNOLEPTIC FIT (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.(*From the Washington Post Mensa Invitational which is a contest in which readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. I thought this was very appropriate!)