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The Itsy Bitsy Spider

October 10th, 2008

While out walking through the woods last week I almost walked right through this little guy’s web. He’s barely bigger than a kernel of popcorn. Amazing how intricate their webs are.

Spiders are one of those insects most people hate, but they’re so beneficial in the garden. They eat all kinds of other bugs (including mosquitoes). When we first moved here we had tons of those huge wolf spiders in our basement and around property. I grew up in South America with tarantulas & brown recluses, so I’ve easily made peace with the small North American spiders that inhabit Chiot’s Run. I know they’re good for my gardens, so I’ve taken to naming them instead of trying to kill them, makes them a little more endearing (I had a huge one I named Winston last year and it turned out he was a she – so Winstonette she became).

So do spiders creep you out or do you welcome them to you gardens?

5 Comments to “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”
  1. Grammy on October 10, 2008 at 7:22 am

    I welcome them but not the brown recluses. I let my grandson keep one he named spot. till she had eggs and I moved her out side.

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  2. farm mom on October 10, 2008 at 8:01 am

    I have no problem when they’re outside. When they’re inside…..I’m not a happy girl! ;)

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  3. Lee on October 10, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I usually leave the window open so I get flies and mosquitoes in the house and the spiders help me to get rid of them.

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  4. Kelly on October 10, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Nope…creepy here. I hate them. I freak. Bad news is so does charlie….so….UGH!

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  5. Joe on October 18, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Those are GREAT photos! Spiders creep me out if they’re the black widow sort – they are mean-looking! Otherwise, I try to welcome them in the house and garden.

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