First, I digress: this building has been slowly growing just north of Kessler Boulevard and College Avenue* and recently sprouted a sign:
|They'll also walk dogs. And change your oil. Maybe.|
That was for the anti-spiderers, for the people whose reaction is the exact mirror of the poor hairy wolf-spider whose funnel-shaped web I carelessly damaged one side of with a weed-eater last week -- the poor thing didn't know whether to sound Battle Stations, General Quarters or Collision Alarm, and raced crazily from one side of her web to the other a few times, finally settling at the neck of the funnel and bouncing indignantly as I directed the weed-whacker elsewhere. I said, "Sorry, lady, I thought you'd moved out," but it didn't help. She kept bouncing.
Nope, don't look farther if you can't cope with spiders.
|Spider at left, just above center, lunch (and possibly decoy) to the right and lower.|
|Maybe I saw this on the Late Movie and not in a nature book.|
Update: Probably a Spined Micrathena Spider. Some of these photos are very close.
* By their titles, you are to be given to understand that these are Streets To Be Reckoned With, not to mention Navigated By, and Thoroughfares Of Standing indeed. I believe Avenues are outranked by Boulevards, which in turn are subordinate to Parkways -- and Parkways answer only to the Almighty. Or the Street Department, which is almost the same thing when it comes to roads.