Friday, October 02, 2009

Unscaring Myself: Meet The European Garden Spider

From For Ellipsis

"If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive."

-American Quaker Saying

I keep seeing this spider when I am on my walks in Tilden Park. It scares the wits out of me, but that's no big news in that I am arachnophobic! LOL. Anyway, I hate being afraid, I hate not understanding things that frighten me, so I decided to look up what kind of horribly scary, no doubt highly dangerous spider it might be. To my delight, I found out that it is a simple European Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus). Spooky looking to be sure, but about as harmless as my kitty Dylan. Whew! I feel much better now... but I hope I never find one inside the house!


I guess it's always better to face your fears!



fdtate said...

I'm not too crazy about spiders, but I can handle them. My phobia is rats -- big, nasty, ugly rats. Remember the scene in 1984? That would be all the torture I'd need to tell Big Brother anything and everything about anybody I'd ever met.

Liz said...

I leave a towel draped over my bath so any house spider that falls into it has a way out.
I pick up any spider in my house that has fallen foul of any modern accessory that I have added to the environment and place it carefully where it will only add to my well being.
Spiders in my country do only good by killing the insects that might do harm.
We have no dangerous species, yet they are still killed in a knee-jerk reaction governed by ignorance that takes its' power from fear of the unknown.
Fear is the mind killer.
Think beyond fear and touch nature, as she lives in the wild.

Then fight any knee-jerk reaction to what nature or mankind delivers for you to assess.

Nature's Sound said...

That is one ugly spider. I had a nasty black spider crawl up on my bed not too long ago and I'm still squeamish about it reappearing. Ugh.

It's still in my house somewhere, the first time I saw it was during a shower ... needless to say I got clean real fast that day.