First a story:
I actually used to be a bit scared of spiders, until I realized I was really just scared of getting bitten by a venomous spider (not that we have many of those around here.) I started taking photos of them and learning to identify them as a way to overcome my fear. I still dislike suddenly finding a spider, or any arachnid/insect/bug on me, or finding a spider I can’t identify, but I feel like I have come a long way.
I did happen to get bitten by a spider last year. It was a big, black, beast of a spider, and it was hiding in the finger of my gardening glove. The gloves are a little big on me, so I didn’t notice the spider when I put them on. I planted two blueberry bushes before it got fed up and bit me. Unfortunately, when I got the glove off, the spider was a bit squashed, so I wasn’t able to definitely identify it (but my money is on a female Hacklemesh Weaver.) I was able to confirm it wasn’t venomous. It hurt kind of like a bee sting when it bit me, but the bite never swelled or anything.
In retrospect it wasn’t a terrible experience, and the kids think it’s funny when I stomp on my gloves now before putting them on.
Fast forward to today:
I was out picking raspberries and spotted something interesting.
Looks like another nursery web
I love how tightly curled the leaves are. Looks like Mama did a good job!
And there’s Mama! You can just see her through the leaves at the bottom left.
Hello, beautiful girl!
These babies were really well hidden. I had to get down on the ground and peek into the web through a little crack.