In the last week we have had a new family move in very close to us. Actually, they have moved onto the front verandah. The family is not as welcome as they could be either as they are big spiders (I think they are a type of Long-Jawed Orb Weaver).
They aren’t scary spiders like Huntsmen, these ones just stand very still in their webs and want us to think they are bits of stick. That just means we are being gentle with them and haven’t given them the broom. Yet.
I took the photo below the first day they turned up after I used a piece of bark to move one off the front window and back into the garden. Unfortunately, it didn’t take the hint and was soon back with its equally large friend.
We are used to spiders thinking our verandah is a great place to hang around on, we enjoy it, why shouldn’t they? Usually they get swept away pretty quickly if they are scary, because Number 2 son is horribly arachnophobic.
Number 2 loves bugs, and his sightings are often the inspiration for my bug posts, but spiders are just too much for him. He is so arachnophobic that if a verandah spider is large enough he will leave the house via the back door and take the long walk up the backyard and then down the driveway to get to the car instead of just quick-stepping past it like the rest of us.
You can imagine my surprise when on Sunday he said “Mum, I’m going to touch that big spider near the front door.”
I barely had time to grab my camera and zoom outside before he was there squatting down and gently putting his hand under the spider so it could stand on his hand.
I took a few quick photos before he slid his hand away and sat back. “Ewwww, that freaked me out mum!” Well, it freaked me out too! He was very pleased with himself as he tells me he had been worrying about that spider for days and decided that touching it might help him get over it. My hero!
He is still scared of spiders but now has photographic evidence that he is braver than the rest of us.
Don’t worry fellow arachnophobes, I will not be encouraging him to do this again!