Freak Out

A succession of banana spiders has spun webs on one corner of Doright Manor for the past few months. We’ve watched as the web grew and evolved as each patient female passed on her creation to the next in line.

I believe we were on the fourth in the lineage, and the once meager web now stretched from one side of the driveway to the other. Truly, it was a work of art. Until it wasn’t. Until I somehow forgot about the freaking web and walked right through it this morning.

Imagine me, engrossed in reading a bit of mail I’d retrieved from the mailbox, blithely strolling from the porch to the garage when the unmistakable sticky filaments plastered against my face, my hair, my glasses, my arms. I screamed and launched into the Oh Hell No dance hoping to shake loose the mama arachnid who might be about to deliver her painful bite at any moment. I think I was successful, but two hours post-encounter I still imagine she’s lurking nearby.

Not one of ours, but this is what a banana spider looks like. Beautiful, but their bites are extremely painful.

Worst of all I feel horrible about destroying her web. Hoping she won’t seek revenge.

Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

11 thoughts on “Freak Out”

  1. They might come back, I’ve been watching a couple of Daddy Long Legs. They’ve both gone now, but it was interesting to watch. There were two, then there was just the male (I assume), next day the female (I assume) was back. Then she was gone, and now he’s been gone for about a week too, lol.

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    1. These banana spiders get really big—at least the females do. They live for about two months and then their daughters take over. Of course only one gets to keep mom’s web. I’m sure there’s lots of sibling rivalry. “Mom always did like you best.”

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  2. I went for a morning walk about a month ago and brushed against a spiderweb just a few minutes in. When I got home an hour later, Tara found a spider in my hair. FREAKED ME OUT knowing it had hitchhiked on me the whole time!

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