When a neighbor suddenly looks thinner, you want to compliment her, right? Tell them how great she’s looking, ask her what diet she’s been on, or at the very least, make sure all is well in her life and she’s not sick or anything.
But what if the neighbor is one of those stand-offish types, you know, with eight legs?
You can really see a difference, can’t you? I mean, she’s practically svelte in the AFTER photo. (By the way, that cloudy stuff in the BEFORE picture is her web.)
So I wondered, what would cause a spider to lose so much weight all of a sudden?
BONNIE: My, you’re looking slim! What’s your secret?
ARGIOPE: If you were smaller, I’d paralyze you with my spider venom, wrap you up in silk, and suck you dry at my leisure.
BONNIE: Ultra low carb, then?
And then I noticed this, about six inches from her web:
(Click on the picture to get a really big image, suitable for the ultimate gross-out!)
According to this site, the eggs inside will hatch this fall. They won’t leave their playpen, however, until the weather warms up in the spring.
And if any of you urge me to do some spider squishing, I’ll remind you that these spiders LOVE flying insects. And since Hubby and I hate flies, the bloodthirsty Mrs. Argiope and her children get to stay.
ARGIOPE: Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure I could take you. Come a little closer.
BONNIE: Um, no.