The females are larger than the males and this one was almost full grown I think....it was about 1-1/2" big! After reading up on them a bit I found out that the male spider will be somewhere close...and he was....he was about a foot away in another part of the basil, but he's just a brown spider and alot smaller...about 3/4" long. I thought this was unusual because isn't it usually the female (birds anyway) that are the plain looking ones and the males are gorgeous colours?
Both of them were spinning cone-like webs and the news I found out next freaked me out slightly. The female lays about one thousand eggs and they hatch in the fall! At this point I turned to Dan and said "Get that outta my garden!" or I'll be overrun with them next year and I know they don't bite and they're awesome because they eat all those nasty aphids and mosquitos, but really...do I want to be brushing up against them in every plant? Unfortunately (well, depending on which way you look at it) the female spider dies after laying her eggs into a sac. The sac hatches with all the offspring in the fall, but they stay inside the sac until Spring! That gives Dan a few months to take it to the river side of the house! Hahaha!
I'm really not a big spider fan, and not only are these precious little things out front, but down at the river we have giant dock spiders...even worse....they bite! I'll try to catch a photo of one soon, but they are pretty quick! They can swim too!
City girl meets country bugs......ew, ew, ew!