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My World - a close shave!
Above is your common Garden Spider in the UK, not too exotic looking, can get pretty large, but not terribly scary. I do have arachnaphobia in a big way, but I have been used to these all my life and so may not like them, but can tolerate at a distance. But on Saturday I came very close to making a scary error of judgement! There I was wandering around a local state park taking pictures, when I spotted this above an information board. It was so big, bright and plastic looking that I just didn't really believe it was real. It was also positioned in such a widely trod area that I just assumed someone was playing a joke. So I got up close and personal peering at it, certain it was plastic.Another couple came along, I pointed it out and they informed me it was real. The Hubster came up and I told him I didn't believe it was real, just a bad joke, but they were taking pictures so I did too. Then the other man blew on it carefully and guess what...IT MOVED! Well his partner and I both freaked, as this was one big exotic scary looking spider, even he backed up. The body on this spider was easily an inch long! So tonight we googled it as the Hubster didn't know what it was. And guess what....it's the US female Garden Spider equivalent, same name, of course larger, but actually harmless! I am so happy I didn't reach out to touch it, a thought that did cross my mind. I'd have screamed the place down and probably been a gibbering wreck for a few hours - it was a close shave!