Can I live with several thousand giant spiders? That is the question of the day.
Third generation of giant spiders. As my husband says, talk about immortality! Think Charlotte’s Web. Wait… I can’t. Charlotte’s Web makes me cry. So two years ago we found this giant spider in our garden. She was as big as my fist. Seriously big. She was so big the dog barked at her every night. Here’s a video:
She died, sadly, because that’s what big spiders do. But she left an egg case on the fence. A dozen or so of her daughters (and probably some of her sons) hung around. Three took up residence in my garden which made me very nervous because, you know, when you’re picking vegetables the last thing you want to close your hand around is a giant spider. The largest of the sisters took her mother’s place. She built her web in the exact same spot her mother had built a web– stretching from the top of a tomato plant up into a nearby tree. Thus I could keep an eye on her.
One day she vanished. I knew she’d built an egg case somewhere but I couldn’t find it. I searched through the tomato plant despite my allergy to tomato plants, but I could not find the egg case. Then yesterday I saw tiny golden stars appear in my garden. Oh my! She’d hidden her egg case beneath the casing on the raised bed, a perfect place to hide an egg case.
So I’m watching these little spiders. What are they doing? Why, they are banding together to build a mutual web because they are too little to catch anything if one builds a web alone, and also for protection I assume. They look a whole lot bigger in a mob than they do individually.
Now I have to be careful not to disturb their web, which stretches from one garden bed to another. And I have to wait for them to get a little bigger so they can go their separate ways, although I think some already flew off. Again, the question is, can I live with thousands upon thousands of what will ultimately become giant spiders?
I guess we’ll know soon enough! How fast to you suppose they grow?
I can’t find much information on baby spiders.