These Maine Spiders are Literally Exploding From Their Nests
Bugs, let's chat about them because I saw something that gave me creepy crawling chills all over my body. So we all are aware that there has been an increase of insects.
We've seen an increase of caterpillars, dragon flies, brown tail moths, black flies, and spiders. Today, we'll focus on the spiders.
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There was not one but two posts that featured this type of spider and it's freaking me out. If I see this spider around my yard, "exploding" out of it's hatchery web thing, I will pee my pants. This will not be good for my health.
Once you see more than just a couple of spiders grouped together you immediately dream up ways they are going to crawl into your ears, lay eggs, and take over your body.
I have never seen spiders like this before. Yellow, black, similar to a bumble bee but not, at all. Because they are spiders. I dug deeper and found that these spiders are called, Baby Orb Weavers- Araneus Diadematus, according to Owlcation.
According to Owlcation, the life cycle of these spiders are a year. The website says,
As temperatures begin to rise in early spring, heat instigates the maturation process, and the cross orb weaver spiderlings emerge from their eggs. At this stage, the spiderlings usually appear bright yellow with the exception of a small, black area situated on the hindmost portion of the abdomen.
They all crawl out at the same time and it appears that they are just exploding from their birthing nests.
One of the photos posted was taken in Mount Desert Island. Maine. The person who posted had said it looked like the spiders were, "exploding" out of there groups.
The spiders aren't the only thing exploding, the comments were exploding as well. So many Mainer's also posting that they are seeing the same thing around the entire state.
Where are folks finding them? This is so you can check these common places so you won't be surprised with a handful of yellow booty spiders.
If you want to see these spiders, up close in 4k and moving, check out this video from YouTube!
Cross orb weavers anchor their webs to anything available, commonly enlisting the aid of twigs, posts, walls, bushes, and the ground to keep their webs in place. Webs constructed by cross orb weavers tend to have between 25 and 30 radial lines of silk which extend from the web’s center, or "hub," to its perimeter.
Check your trees and the sides of your houses for these little guys.
Most importantly, they are not dangerous. According to Meadowia,
The Eurasian garden spider isn’t dangerous to humans. Although it does carry venom, this does not affect humans, and these spiders rarely bite. If you are bitten, this will result in a small raised lump similar to other insect bites.
So don't worry, you won't get poisoned and die. But these guys will give you the creepy crawlies or you could be the type that loves spiders, in that case, I give you permission to remove them from the properties and build a spider house for them far far far away.