First of all, I demand recognition of the fact that I had not had any coffee or tea. And yes, I realize the picture looks more like a bee or a wasp or something, when I went to take the picture it moved.
This morning, I stepped thru my front door and as I turned from having locked it stepped thru a strand of spider silk. When I turned to look at where I thought it had come from, there was this beastie. I realize, now, that he wasn’t the web-maker, but he was moving around, and he was large and furry.
I’m not used to seeing large spiders; I’m not used to seeing spiders with fur thick enough to make seal’s jealous. This guy was maybe 1-1.5 inches long with white stripes. The image is blurry because of the stupid way my phone takes pictures … It had nothing to do with me being scared of this little arachnid; that’s crazy talk.
My hunch was that it was a jumping spider, not because I know squat about spiders but because as something of an arachnaphobe it was quite, quite intimidating to arrive here in Texas from England and notice that the spiders watch back.
I was going to try and get a better picture when I got home, but now that I’m fairly sure it’s a Bold Jumping Spider, and the last jumping spider I toyed with jumped directly at me, and I really don’t fancy having this thing jump at me, because then I really will scream like a little girl :)
I hope he eats ‘skeeters.