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I found this in the cab I have sitting in the backyard. This spider was huge. I've never seen one like it.

 

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I dont know the correct name,I have always called them a Garden Spider. I do know that they eat a LOT of other bugs. I generaly do not distrub thier webs as I like having them around the house. But they do look scarey as h***.
 

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Agree - commonly nown as a garder spider. I get them on rare occasions, maybe every 4 years. They usually web between a plant and the house or fence. First one I saw I couldn't believe it. Found they are pretty harmless (to us), and helpful with garden pests. -This one's you friend :)
 

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I'm just guessing but I'd bet he was almost 3 inches from end to end. A mean looking spider!
 

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it's the freaking huge scary icky kind!!!!!!!!!:eek::eek::eek:
 

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i know what kinda spider that is ..its the killing kind ...if i seen that thing in my car i would grabbed a can of carb cleaner and a lighter and lit his ass up...no way would that thing still be alive to talk about ...lol....
 

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Just goes to prove "Everything Is Bigger In Texas" Later, Dave
 
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Those big yellow and black Phil are fairly common in my area. Saw one tonight at son's place. They are really quite beautiful, non venomous and are good guys (that big, they have to eat a lot of bugs)(one tonight I think was about a foot long)(might be exagerating a little)(really 3 to 4 inches). That being said, they will cause me to hurt myself when I come across one by accident. They are HUGE. Will never die of a heart attack or one of them would have caused that already. I don't kill them unless they scarred me really bad. Black Widows on the other hand serve no purpose whatsoever (DIE). :eek: Lloyd
 

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This is a "Golden Orb" spider, and sorry to tell you folks but there is "NO" non venomous spider. Granted most are not deadly, but all spiders are in fact venomous. The Golden Orb spider's venom is a neurotoxic venom much like the "Black Widow" but it is not nearly as strong. These spiders while Venomous are not considerd deadly. The venom can make you sick though but its action is usually swelling (Local) redness, and maybe some blisters. The bite can be painful but usually last only a day or two.

An interesting fact is that the Golden Orb and the Black Widow both have what is considered the strongest web. Golden Orbs also are one of the largest spiders.

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It looks like what we called a "Writing Spider" when I was growing up. We have lots here. They spin a zig - zag pattern in thier web that stands out. Fun to look at when they capture bugs but spooky to walk through the web.
 

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I AGREE--GARDEN SPIDER. IT EATS ANYTHING THAT GETS CAUGHT IN IT'S WEB. WHICH IS GOOD. IF YOU CAN, LEAVE IT ALONE. THEY'RE GOOD TO HAVE AROUND.
 

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I had a similair thread a few weeks ago about this same type of spider. It's a black and yellow garden spider. They are not aggressive or poisonous. These things are everywhere on our property. Here's one I had on the side of my garage recently.
 

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The Golden Orb spider's venom is a neurotoxic venom much like the "Black Widow" but it is not nearly as strong. These spiders while Venomous are not considerd deadly. The venom can make you sick though but its action is usually swelling (Local) redness, and maybe some blisters. The bite can be painful but usually last only a day or two.
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Boy wish you hadn't told me that Roland. Looked it up on Winpedia and that is exactly what it says. Lloyd
 
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