Along came a spider

Reprint from 2009, because this is one of the better spider pictures I’ve taken

I’ve always been amused that one of the most popular children’s books is about a spider named Charlotte. It was probably written for kids who didn’t own a magnifying glass. I certainly like spiders, inverse to my affection for flies. But cuddly they aren’t. We get backyard residents like this one every summer:

Someone asked me what kind of spider this is. It’s the eight-legged kind, but I’m pretty sure it’s harmless. Unless you’re a fly, which is what the glob in front of the spider looked like as I went to get my camera. This is all that was left when I got back five minutes later.