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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The fat spider of Garvanza

Photo courtesy Lauren Crist

The Eastsider has been crawling with stories and photos of spiders recently, including the brown widows of Montecito Heights and a spider dangling over Silver Lake. Our most recent spider photo shown above comes courtesy of Lauren Crist of Garvana, who snapped a shot of the spider in silhoute against her back door light. Yes, it’s real, said Crist, who provides the details:

Roughly 1.5″ body. Legs made it bigger. It actually skittered away last night as I was taking photos of it. I’ve seen other types of large spiders in my backyard but nothing that “fat.”



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15 comments

  1. One of those orb weaver spiders, maybe? We have ’em in our yard. They’re enormous and their bites hurt.

  2. That”s huge.

  3. Definitely an orb weaver. They are usually reluctant to bite anything they can’t eat, but if provoked into doing so, an orbie’s venom is a neurotoxin similar to a black widow’s but nowhere near as potent and not dangerous to most humans.

  4. horrifying!!

  5. waiting for DJ Bento to start posting about ‘hipster’ spiders…

  6. Nightmare fuel!

  7. Just in time for Halloween…

  8. Orb weavers are working class. New web every day. Huge diversity and distribution.

    You know who’s the hipster douchebag of the arthropods? Fleas.

  9. Beautiful.

  10. Hipster spider comment reminded me of that obscenely funny Canadian You Tube video that started out documentary-ish and turned into a farce on crack and gangster spiders.

  11. There was a fat spider of Garbanza
    Who knew nothing of hipster and gangster
    She just liked her grub
    And the sun on her web
    That wise old spider of Garbanza.

  12. There is a place named Garvanza,
    That people wrongly call Garbanza,
    But it’s vuh like “vacant”
    Not buh like “bacon”
    Make a note of it for goodness sakin’.

  13. Oops! Thanks, Will! Corrected version:

    There was a fat spider of Garvanza
    Who knew nothing of hipster and gangster
    She just liked her grub
    And the sun on her web
    That wise old spider of Garvanza.

  14. I Notice A Lot of People Here Have Never Seen And Orb Spider Like They Just Came Out. They Been Here sense man Came Here Every Summer u Will See Them LOL”

  15. Hung up some laundry today. To the trill of a sweet blue jay
    When to my surprise, With horror in my eyes,
    A large spider crawled onto my way.
    Up the laundry post it went, Its’ fat round body spent,
    From weaving webs. And carrying eggs,
    It had a new generation coming into play.
    Oh No, Oh No, I began to think,
    That thing is dead and down the garden sink!
    With insect-i-cide in mind, Took my broom and tried,

    That thing is dead and down the garden sink!
    With insect-i-cide in mind, Took my broom and tried
    To put that spider astray. I swept and swept and SMASH!
    Got that thing in the trash.
    Hooray! Hooray! Finally, I won the day!

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