This is NOT what I wanted to see on my studio window screen this morning! The window was open, but at first glance I couldn’t tell whether this way-too-big-to-be-comfortable-with-it spider was on the inside of my studio, or outside, where it belonged. Closer – albeit careful – inspection revealed it to be clinging to the outside of the window screen, so that was permissible.
Admittedly, spiders are not among my favorite forms of wildlife. I do try to capture and release indoor trespassers before I resort to squashing or vacuuming, though that thought always crosses my mind. Spiders that are outside my buildings are in their own habitat and I respect that, and their right to be there. It’s only the ones that come indoors that I have issues with.
Anyway, this one is called a fishing spider. I’m not sure what he’s fishing for on my screen, but they do like trees and woods and there’s plenty of both here. In fact, my guess is that it came off, or was heading for, the shagbark hickory that is only inches from the window.
As spiders go…a beauty, I suppose. Though I think there should be a size-limit on spiders. Things like insects and spiders tend to get creepier as they get larger.