14 thoughts on “Pet spider”

  1. You are lucky that you don’t have arachnophobia and you can enjoy watching spiders. I have really really bad one … But the picture is beautiful! I’ve looked at it several times, even though I flinch every time I glimpse at it:)

  2. Well despite my severe entomophobia, i have a love-hate relationship with spiders. They eat other insects (yay!) but they are still creepy crawly. I enjoy it on your front door though! Persistent little buggers aren’t they? I have to admire them, just keep them several feet away. Do you have any idea what species? I’ve never seen one quite like Bob.

  3. I wish I knew more about Bob’s identity. We had a bit of scare as Bob disappeared for a few days. Fortunately, Bob is back! I have no idea how long Bob will last but it’s nice to see it at the front door when I come home at night.

  4. Hey, errrrrrr, you got any idea on species, because I have used your beautiful picture for a school project (I’m 12) but I really need to know the species…
    Plz help!

  5. @LiLo – I wish I knew what type of spider Bob was…he’s no longer around. Hopefully another spider of the same type will come around this winter…

    What was your school project? Just curious…also I posted a link to a hi-res version of the original photograph.

  6. Orb Weaving Spider

    Venom toxicity – the bite of Orb-Weaving Spiders is of low risk (not toxic) to humans. They are a non-aggressive group of spiders. Seldom bite. Be careful not to walk into their webs at night – the fright of this spider crawling over one’s face can be terrifying and may cause a heart attack, particularly to the susceptible over 40 year olds.

    Spider Identification – an adult is about 2/3 to more than 1 inch in body length – has a bulbous abdomen – often colorful – dark to light brown pattern. The common Golden Orb-Weaver Spider has a purplish bulbous abdomen with fine hairs.

    Habitat – often found in summer in garden areas around the home – they spin a large circular web of 6 feet or more, often between buildings and shrubs, to snare flying insects, such as, flies and mosquitoes

  7. We have two of these same spiders that have been living out side my back door all summer! I am not a big spider fan but it has been amazing watching them. They work like clock work, every night one of them begins their web around 8:00 and finishes about 10:00, but what I find so peculiar is that they take it down every morning, and they take turns making the web every other night! It’s nice to finally know what kind of spider they are! thanks for sharing.

  8. hi i had a spider just like that out side my window. Its a garden orb wever. i love it , her names sharlet. she resently died its realy sad but she had children. i remember her boy friend i called him tarzan because he swang on his web and crassed into my window once. it was funny. anway she had millions of baby spiderlings but they all flew away! exept two boys i called George and Ryan there just babys and soo cute. talk to you later. bye

  9. hi we just found an unusuall spider like bob, we looked it up and we found that it looks like bob but alot biger. we named him jack we looked and looked and couldnt find the speices he is our new pet :)…

  10. That is exactly what I found in the corner of our porch tonight. She’s so big that she’s scary. I believe it’s a garden spider…but I’d sure like to know. I like to watch them build webs etc, but… I’m afraid of spider bites – esp from something that big. I mean it looks like a yellow black widow. I don’t think I could keep her as a pet – my mother would freak out, but I’m going to try to catch her for the ag extension agency /entomology dept to identify, I hope. Thanks for posting your pic.

  11. thank god i finally found out what’s been visiting me every night for the past three weeks. I have always been terrified of spiders, but this one comes every night, same place,builds a big web, then takes it down every day, no idea where he goes. I sit outside and talk to it, but will move quicker than i thought i could if it moves. i actually watched him catch a moth once. had it wrapped up in a web in no time flat.

  12. I had no idea that so many people were searching for information on spiders! I’m glad that I posted about Bob the Spider…I had no idea what kind of spider it was until Jonah’s comment.

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