Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Unexpected Guest

I will admit
that I shrieked just a little
when this rather large spider dropped down
as I closed the gate
to the chicken yard last night.

I can't say
that I'd ever previously seen
an arachnid
who looked like her
in color 
or dimension.

With a little google
of "yellow backed spider,"
I found that she is a
Marbled Orb Weaver.
I'm somewhat fond of her
when she is not catching me by surprise.

I had noted that letting the chicken yard
go wild a bit
encouraged the wildlife.
Perhaps it is worth
the occasional shriek.

Better pictures and more infomation on orb weavers.

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