Spider -ific

Maxx would call it a PIDER and run and he did.  My boy is not a real outdoorsy kind of boy.  I however could always be found at the creek. No telling what creature I would try to bring home next.   This most interesting spider was hanging outside yesterday.  I am not sure what variety she is.  Not that she is even a she for that matter.  I thought the colors on her back were quite lovely.   If you look just below her on the bottom you can see where she has repaired her web.  It is a cool zig zag stitch.   Today was a beach day it has become our after church tradition lately.  It works.

I had to google the spider and this is what I found.          One of our largest, brightest, and most frequently noticed spiders, the Black-and-Yellow Argiope is very common throughout North Carolina. They are also known as the garden spider (since they’re very common in gardens) or writing spider (for the patterns in their webs). They catch large insects in their sturdy webs, including grasshoppers and butterflies. They are harmless to humans. How do you pronounce Argiope? According to the folks at bugguide, it’s ar-GUY-oh-pee.


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Friend, Wife, Mom and an all around crafty old soul. Artist, Writer, Creative Director and Style Maker. Lover of old, fond of the new. Craver of excitement, establisher of the calm. My website http://365daysofcrafts.com Bio- Growing up in a small mid-western town, Niki Meiners was surrounded by a modest, resourceful and very entrepreneurial family. Her simple upbringing spurred her "Can do" attitude and gave her the confidence to try any challenge placed before her. She knew there was more out there than just her small town and set off after high school to explore the world. It was through these travels that she discovered her love of art and her desire to make the world a prettier place. It was not until she suffered a paralyzing illness that she realized she wanted to reconsider her corporate career as a Chief Paper Pusher, and her thoughts immediately turned to her first passion, art. In 2003 she began an odyssey that would take her from product design to publication and everywhere in between. She is known for her distinctive, high quality creations that feature a diverse mix of styles and highly creative approach to even the smallest detail. Niki is an Idea Architect, easily outlining every project from concept to completion. Her creations are simultaneously beautiful and functional and her in depth knowledge of the industry allows her to produce projects with a specific understanding of both the consumers and the manufacturers. This knowledge has allowed her work to be featured in the industries leading craft and lifestyle publications and manufacturers’ websites. nikimeiners at gmail.com
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4 Responses to Spider -ific

  1. Kim says:

    She’s cool. She reminds me of the golden orb weavers we used to see in the swamps – webs about 10 feet up in the trees and about 3 feet across. Now I wonder if they were catching birds. Tee Hee. Anyway, they are cool and very good to have around.

  2. Pam says:

    what a cool spider. The garden ones I have are HUGE this time of year and there are a ton of them right now.

  3. Mary Luce says:

    I found your blog while searching for the pronunciation of “argiope” 🙂 (thank you for posting it, by the way). And I think your spider is the Silver Argiope, which is slimmer than the Black & Yellow and has a silver-haired cephalothorax. I have a lovely black & yellow argiope in my tomato patch and she has a much fatter abdomen. A picture of her is currently gracing my computer background 🙂

  4. That is a cool spider and I love the cool zig pattern on the web. Here we just have black widows and mean yucky spiders with ugly messy webs!

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