We’ve had a rainy, buggy summer here in Upper Cryogenica, and I am greatly looking forward to the fall, which is my favorite season.
How buggy has it been up here, you ask? Buggy enough to support the breeding of this truly monstrous orb weaver, who is in residence next to the Castle’s main portcullis (behind the split to spare you arachnophobes):
For scale, the plank in the upper left corner of the photo is four inches wide. You can’t fully appreciate just how large this guy is until you see him close up. His body is the diameter of a grape. He looks big enough to snatch a hovering hummingbird out of the air.
I have a treaty with the resident arachnids. They eat bugs and I leave them alone. I only remove webs when they are in such close proximity to my regular living areas that I am in danger of walking through them. Otherwise I let the orb weavers do their thing, which is to eat all the annoying bugs that pester the shit out of me all summer. And come Halloween, all I need for house decoration is some artful colored backlighting.