I was chit-chatting with my neighbor (no, not Mr. Green Thumbs), and he showed me the big spider that was hanging out on the side of his house. We both thought it was cool – he likes having the spider around because it eats other less-desirable insects, like grasshoppers.
This is a closer view- isn’t it neat to be able to look so closely without being nose-to-fangs with her? And no harm done to her either. I know this is a female because of her size (about 20mm) – much larger than the male of the species. According to bugguide.net, even though these spiders are scary-looking, they are not inclined to bite people.
[2 fingers raised and curled, clawing motion, "fffftt-fffftt" sounds]