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Photos from PoPville – Terrifying

by Prince Of Petworth August 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm 11 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user katecon

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted Eytan

  • LedroitTigah

    So is that a spider that lives in DC? Asking for a friend – who may need to move if the answer is yes!!!!!!!!!!!

    • omgthatspidertho

      I, too, have a friend considering relocation based on that photo.

      • logandude

        Argiope aurantia (yellow garden spider) – occurs in all 48 of the contiguous states, although less common in the Rocky Mountains. Also in southern Canada and all the way south to Costa Rica.

        • INWDC

          This is good to know. I thought they were yellow orb spiders, but I think I was wrong. These are beautiful (and scary) creatures – any idea what the purpose of the zigzag stripe in its web?

    • Pixie

      Yes! I saw this kind of spider building a web in a Georgetown garden one summer, that zig zag pattern is so cool!

    • anon

      We have one living right outside our window. They’re totally harmless and actually very beneficial as they eat mosquitoes and other garden variety pests. Very cool looking to boot!

  • Anon. no. 5

    A “writing spider” is what we called them growing up in NC.

    Those things can get BIG.

  • wdc

    I’d like to host a couple garden spiders on my porch. Lots of mosquitoes to eat, and I promise I’ll tell her she’s pretty every day.

    • anon

      They are big but totally harmless. They eat mosquitoes, for one, and any enemy of mosquitoes is a friend of mine.

  • Ally

    I think the garden orb weaver is kinda cute. Just saying.

  • That’s a gorgeous orchard spider.

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