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MrGrimm888's avatar

Did anyone see any Golden Silk Orb Weavers, this summer?

Asked by MrGrimm888 (15039points) 2 weeks ago

I used to love watching them. I haven’t seen any, in about two summers.

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ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Several in my back yard. Every year I seem to forget there are hundreds of smaller orb weavers in the woods. I’ll try to beat the heat by riding in the morning and just end up turning around because there are so many webs. I was bitten by one once and it felt like a bee sting, puffed up and made a blister. I still have a small scar from it.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^May I ask, what region you live in?

LuckyGuy's avatar

Wow! Thanks for reminding me. I hadn’t seen any in the past 2 or 3 years. In past years I had one on my porch that I called “Goldie”. I can probably find some pictures.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Think they are over spraying the neighborhoods. Out if fear of mosquito born pathogens, and it’s killing these beautiful spiders, too.. it’s hurting my heart. They are huge, and intimidating, duty pose no harm to us. There used to be millions around, now, I haven’t seen any. That’s really sad…

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

No. they are not native here.
Banana spiders are the same?
My husband brought home a Brazilian Wandering Spider in a bunch of bananas one time.
That was unpleasant.

SEKA's avatar

I get one about every 5 years or so, but not seen one this summer. I think it’s been about 4 years since the last one was here, so next summer I should have 1 or maybe 2

MrGrimm888's avatar

There used to be so many, here in SC, that you would walk into them, on accident all the time. They’re huge. But harmless. I haven’t seen one in a few years. I wondered if the Zika scare, had caused too much spraying, resulting in no more of these big girls…

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Are they in normal numbers? Do they spray for mosquitos, in your area?

I’m very concerned about them.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Not sure. They only spray in areas where West Nile or other mosquito diseases are discovered. We are in a drought so not much spraying since mosquito populations are way down.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Thanks for the input.

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