We live in the north eastern US and have a spider that has setup shop next to our front door. I've lived in this area my whole life and she's the largest spider I've seen.
We're too interested and afraid to do anything but let her be, so we've been watching her for the last couple of months.
My wife almost bumped into her web while we were looking for our cat tonight. (I mean she was really close). The spider was hanging around in the center of the web at the time. A short while later my wife saw the spider scurrying furiously and then she crawled back into her hiding spot behind the shutter. Next time I looked over, her web was completely gone - neither of us think we got close to it again during that short time.
I'd also like to point out that it was a bit gusty tonight, a rain storm was probably about an hour away.
We are wondering if something happened to her web, or if she took it down intentionally. If she did, is this behavior common in spiders?
- She's got a blackish/yellowish bulbous body with the same color striped legs
- She's about the size of a ping pong ball (including legs)
- She hides during the day behind the shutter, but always comes out when the sun starts setting.
- Unfortunately I have no pictures of her that aren't the underside, she never comes around the front of her web.
- She builds a "classic" looking web, a hair longer than a foot in diameter with a couple of longer guy lines out to the door and the stoop. There are never any messages written in it.
- She either never catches anything, takes her food back into her little den, or eats very quickly because I've never seen anything wrapped up in her web.
- Our cat found his way home a couple of hours later