This Unique Spider Is Popping Up All Over Wisconsin and We’re Not Sure It’s a Good Thing
Many Wisconsin residents are noticing uniquely marked spiders in their yards this summer, but it turns out this species has existed for a long time throughout the state.
There are a few things in life that you will never hear me call "beautiful";
- Hairstyles from the 80s
- Any food smothered in ketchup
- Insects...specifically, SPIDERS
My family spends a lot of our free time at our cabin up in Wisconsin and I follow several Facebook groups from that area so I'm aware of all the happenings and cool things to do and see while I'm up there. I've read a lot of interesting stories in these groups, learned about a lot of cool places, and discovered Wisconsin creatures that I never knew existed and needed to be aware of.
What Kind of Spider Is This?
Over the weekend I spotted multiple people, in several Wisconsin groups I follow, sharing pics of a horrible-looking insect they found in their yard, and each pictured was followed by the question; "what the heck is this?".
While everyone has their own definition of beautiful, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't skeptical about several people calling this spider beautiful in the comments...
Sure, that spider is unique looking and spins a pretty extraordinary web, BUT I would still run FAST in the opposite direction if I spotted one of these somewhere on or in my home!
So, now for the big question; what kind of horrible spider is that?!?
It's an Orb-Weaver Spider, and apparently, it's completely harmless and very essential to the environment.
What Is an Orb-Weaver Spider?
Wikipedia describes an Orb-Weaver Spider like this;
orb-weaving spiders are three-clawed builders of flat webs with sticky spiral capture silk. The building of a web is an engineering feat, begun when the spider floats a line on the wind to another surface.
Are Orb-Weaver Spiders Dangerous?
Orb-Weaver Spiders may look pretty scary, (don't they teach us in school that brightly colored creatures are typically dangerous/poisonous?), but they are actually harmless to humans and fantastic bug eaters. They appear most often in late summer/early fall and love to snack on pests like flies, moths, wasps, mosquitoes, and beetles.
Basically, if you find an orb-weaver spider in your yard, leave it be and let it take care of your insect pest population...no matter how scary it looks.