Monday, May 22, 2006


This is a photo of a horrifying spider.

Horrifying, isn't it?

Anyway, it's drawn much attention on Flickr — an undue amount, I say, especially because the only tags I've associated with it are "australia," "vacation," "spider," "large," "scary," "colorful" and "horrifying." Odd how Flickr works.

Last week Bookstore Chris sent me a MySpace email telling me the following about my horrifying spider friend:
Your Horrifying Spider (as big as your fucking hand, no lie) is a Nephila Maculata, of the Tetragnathidae family. Spiders in this genus (Nephila) are also called "golden orb web" spiders, named so because of the yellowish color of their silk which happens to be the strongest in the entire Araneae order (spiders).
Good to know.

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