We found this in the back yard today:
We think it is a Banana Spider, a very large common spider in North America that usually hangs in webs with its head facing the ground. A brightly colored spider whose venom is a neurotoxin similar to that of the black widow. However, its venom is not near as potent. Its bite causes local pain and redness with blisters forming.
Any spider experts out there in the blogosphere?
Should we be afraid of this kind of spider?
What about this one?
Aspen says, "be afraid, be very afraid!"