hibernation, spiders

At the end of August I decided to accept that autumn had arrived, and once I did I stopped resenting the lack of summer weather and started enjoying the cool air and occasional rain. At the beginning of September the transition weather became Real Fall Weather, and I went directly into hibernation mode where I remain to this very second: sitting on the bed with my laptop, writing, reading, and avoiding going out into the now-much-colder rain outside.

From my place on the bed I watch a striped spider wait patiently in the middle of the web it has built across the window’s exterior. Large spiders (and hairy spiders and spiders that can jump) give me the creeps, but I’m glad for their presence. They are much better than I at annihilating our mutual enemies the mosquito, the fly, and the wasp. I am even glad to find small spiders living in the trailer, and as long as they aren’t creepy and/or living right above the bed, I leave them alone to take care of the fruit flies and wasps that appear like clockwork the second I take a knife to an apple.

The spider outside of the window catches a wasp in its net, quickly wraps it in web silk, and returns to the center of the web to wait. Several minutes later it checks on the wasp, which is still twitching, wraps it a few more times, and after another several-minute wait, carries it up and into the dark space where the siding hangs slightly over the window. It is fascinating to watch, though I am glad for the glass between us, as it is one of those spiders that—regardless of the truth—just look dangerous.

My best guess is that it is a Wespenspinne or Argiope bruennichi—though the web design is a bit different than the spider on my window. (Click on that link and tell me you want one of those staring at you when you wake up in the morning.) Or, more likely, it is a Gartenkreuzspinne. Either way I can’t double check because it is gone. It seems the spider is holed up away from the rain as well, blogging about the strange bumbling creatures that live on the other side of its window, eating strange-looking food out of bags and off of plates, and staring for hours at plastic boxes and small, square sheets of processed wood.

How do you deal with spiders in your home? Do they get room and board or a swift kick out the door?

0 Comments on “hibernation, spiders

  1. In the basement of the church we have quite a few VERY large wolf spiders. They don’t build webs but rather enjoy chasing their prey across the floor. Unless they unknowingly crawl into the main floor of the church, they are given free reign. First floor occupants are gently captured and released back into the dungeon or outside into the weeds. In the Autumn the garden spiders build gigantic webs around the windows and doorways. The webs are built at night and are gone before noon. I usually walk off the porch early in the morning with a stick to break the web, as they almost always block my path. While the spiders are harmless to humans, having one crawl on me while I’m driving to slave headquarters will certainly cause an accident. BTW – that “wasp” spider was pretty scary looking!

  2. They’re welcome here. I try to get to know them if they’re keeping to a particular place in the cabin so’s not to disturb them. Spiders are mostly good folks. Black Widow and Brown Recluse are the exceptions, though I bear them no hard feelings, and scorpions kill spiders for food, so I don’t allow them indoors if I can prevent it.

    Love your blog. J

  3. That reminds me something I wanted to mention and forgot…David Sedaris wrote a pretty funny story about house spider love in his book “When You Are Engulfed in Flames.” Good read. Even better listen. The jist of the story is that he becomes obsessed with all the spiders in his house to the point of giving them names and eventually trying to make one into a pet.

    Flor: *Shudder* wolf spiders. Those are my least favorite kind. Hairy and fast and capable of jumping. But still awesome as long as I don’t have to touch one.

    Jules: Thanks! Glad to have you here. The thought of having a scorpion in my house terrifies me even more than the thought of a large hairy spider. Damn.

  4. both uncle & anut in North Carolina got bitten by brown recluse spider with varying degrees of horrible disasterous chronic results, I’m terrified of those things

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