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This the biggest spider I ever saw. My friend’s backyard in Dunnellon, Florida.
I grabbed a shot of it and hightailed it out of there. They scare me to death!

Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera
1/80s, f/5.2, ISO 100, focal length 23.7mm
Edited in Topaz Adjust

Top Ten Winner in the “Things I Hate” challenge" in This, That, and the Other Thing, August 21, 2012

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieabout 3 years ago

    You’re not kidding – it’s huge – would hate to meet on a dark night!!!

  • Creepy, too! LOL Thank you, Auntie.

    – AuntDot

  • Thomas Stevens
    Thomas Stevensabout 3 years ago

    EEEK! Love it, Hate it! lol, good capture!

  • LOL Love your reaction. Matches mine exactly! Thank you, Thomas!

    – AuntDot

  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberabout 3 years ago

    EEEK was my first thought, too! Dot, how big was that thing?!! Yikes!

  • BIG! You can see the blinds inside the window…I would guess from toe to toe maybe five inches? Hard to say, really. Sure was creepy! The web went from the bushes under the window right up to the eaves over the window. This was in my friend’s yard.

    – AuntDot

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Great find and capture. LOL on hightailing it out! Too funny!

  • He looked like he was staring at me! Kind of creeped me out, so I didn’t want to hang around. LOL Thanks so much, Judy!

    – AuntDot

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Great treatment, yes I believe that is what we call the Banana Spider! All over the place, hardly ever see them that big except outside the city, here! Beautiful Dot!

  • Thank you, Glenn. If I ever saw one of these INSIDE my house, I don’t know what I’d do!!! I am NOT a fan of spiders!

    – AuntDot

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Ah Dot you make me laugh… great capture and it does look huge.

  • It WAS huge! It gets bigger and bigger in my memory, too! LOL Thanks so much, Andrea!

    – AuntDot

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 3 years ago

    Superbly captured.

  • Thank you, Julie. Much appreciated!

    – AuntDot

  • Scott  Cook
    Scott Cookabout 3 years ago

    And Scary, great cap[ture Aunt Dot, if I showed my wife this one she would freak out!!

  • Thanks, Scott. Don’t show it to her! It might give her nightmares!

    – AuntDot

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatabout 3 years ago

    Yowzer that is a big spider – nice capture.

  • Thank you, Vee. I did nothing to make it look bigger. It was just BIG!

    – AuntDot

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    If they bother you that much, there are ways!!! I’ve never been bitten by them, but they make webs at the entrance to my house, right around face level. They do help the eternal balance and remove a lot of other bugs. So it is a toss up, for me. I just cut the web that is intrusive and they rebuild more out of the way. Good luck!

  • Fortunately this was not in my yard, but in that of a friend about a mile away. Funny how we can be afraid of things so much smaller than we are, at least in my own case. I know they play an important part in the balance of nature, and really keep some of the undesirable bugs in control, but they really do freak me out! We keep a minimum of plantings around the house, since there are snakes around here, too. But I won’t go there……you might think I’m just a big coward! LOL

    – AuntDot

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