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Monster spider in Okanagan

The big bugs just keep on coming.

If it's not a giant moth or larvae, it is a huge spider.

Zach Henschel sent Castanet a picture of a spider larger than a toonie.

The arachnid has a massive abdomen and eight hairy legs.

It is believed the huge web dweller is a harmless, if creepy, cat-faced spider.

Araneus gemmoides, also known as the jewel spider, is a common outdoor orb-weaver spider found in the U.S. and Canada. They are considered harmless and have low-toxicity venom.

They are useful natural predators for insects, so if you don't mind sharing your space with a spider of that size, then leave it alone and it will help keep the bug population under control.

According to Wikipedia, the spiders make their webs near lights, closed spaces, and on the sides of buildings. They can also be found under wood, overhangs, or guarded places such as animal burrows.

They come in varying colours, but are easily identified by the two horn-shaped growths on their large abdomen. Their colour changes from summer to winter.

The female will die within days of laying a single egg sac with hundreds of eggs. Egg sacs can survive over winter, and the emerging spiderlings will eat their brothers and sisters. The babies ride strands of silk in warm air currents, able to transport them to locations miles away.



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