Thursday, October 11, 2012

That Wolf Spider - Rural Thursday

Remember the other day when I blogged about the world's largest wolf spider just outside my front door?  Well, I started noticing that his intricate web system was looking a little frayed recently.
 I no longer saw his big black butt hanging out of the hole of his web.  And the threaded highways he'd built that took over the remnants of my lilies was starting to fall down.  I didn't give it much thought.
 Until I picked up a mum from Lowe's when I went to buy sand to preserve my beets for the winter.  I was digging a nice hole to plant my mum, right by the spider's bush, where I'd previously planted lavender that I somehow managed to kill.  And about 3 inches down in the dirt?  AAACKK!  It was the wolf spider!  I guess he thought he'd hibernate for the winter.  Well, I was already armed with a spade and I have to say...this is one wolf spider I won't be seeing again. 

No worries, though, my door still has a huge wolf spider on it.  Only this one doesn't bother me quite so much!
 
 
It's Rural Thursday, so time to link up with Nancy from A Rural Journal and myself with your blog posts about the rural life.  All of your posts about Fall and Autumn are just perfect for linking!  Just grab the code below the button and paste it into your post.  Then come back and add your url to the linky.  Please make sure to visit and comment on the blogs of at least 5 other participants.  Happy blog hopping!  

49 comments:

Maple Lane said...

Your entry looks very cute and festive for fall.

Barbara said...

I think even with a spade in my hand I might have run away screaming. Ackk!

BlueShell said...

Hi...here I am...Spiders???aaaahhhkkk...Oh my!!! HELLLLLLLLLP!!!

Ok...I'l join you. I'll be back...I'm going to get some photos, okay?

see you in a few minutes, dear!
xoxo
BShell

Jacquelineand.... said...

Did you know spiders don't like peppermint? Plant some or mix the essential oil with some water in a spray bottle. =)

Heather said...

We have a ton of spiders making their home around our front door. No matter how many I kill, they always come back. I think it is because of our motion light on the porch - which is supposed to scare away the raccoons so they stop getting into our garbage :-) I could do with a few less spiders though...

Anne Payne said...

EW!!! I dislike spiders. Really. In the summer months, every morning there is one that builds a web across the doorway at our porch. I knock it down because they are huge! Did I mention I don't like spiders?

Buttons said...

Oh I never seen a wolf spider but I am sure it is big and not nearly as cute as the one on your door:) B

Candy C. said...

I did not know they burrowed into the ground and hibernated but it makes sense!
I like your "new" door spider much better!! :)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful post and lovely photography ~ stay warm and dry ~ it is cooler here today than it has been ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Thanks for coming by and commenting ^_^

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The one you have on the door is the only one I would want to see up close.

Terri Buster said...

ACCKKKK! I can't stand those big spiders. I just "removed" two yesterday- one on the front porch and one on the back.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Yuck! I had no idea it would burrow and hibernate.

Well, at least the Halloween decoration is cute!

TexWisGirl said...

talk about wrecking HIS plans!

the cuby poet said...

Wolf spiders are not welcome here for sure. I have a crane fly hanging by a thread outside my window right above my table which keeps me entertained.

Phioxee said...

i dont like spidys ;-(


just me,
www.phioxee.com

Nancy said...

Ack...about the wolf spider!! But thanks for hosting the blog hop!! Have a great week...Nancy at livininthegreen.blogspot.com

The Incredible Woody said...

My husband does NOT like spiders. So when we have a spider, I have to be the man of the house and get it for him. LOL!

tiarastantrums said...

oh my kiddos would have been all over that spider!

My Journey With Candida said...

EEEKKKKK,,,, Glad you had your spade handy.

Are We There Yet! said...

I have these big black spiders that love to hang right on my basement steps. Creeps me out.

alissa apel said...

We get wolf spiders here in Nebraska. We even started getting brown recluse ones. YIKES! Spiders don't scare me, but their poison does.

Isaak used to have bad dreams that he was stuck in a web. Your house might scare him. HA HA

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

*shivers* Spiders really creep me out! I hate to kill living things, but sometimes you just have to for sanity and safety!

Liz said...

Well, he won't be bothering you again!

Valerie said...

Now what are the chances of that? Finding the wolf spider in the dirt like that! Double aack!! I didn't realize spiders hibernated, so I'll be careful when I dig too...

I love the mum you got-it's such a pretty color, and the spider you hung up looks so friendly-my favorite kind:)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I didn't know spiders hibernated like that. I would have probably run away from it! :-)

EG CameraGirl said...

I prefer the spider on your door too. :))

Chrissy Brand said...

Wonderful to be able to dip into your rural world - the joy of blogs!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Eeeek! I've seen some HUGE wolf spiders out here. Like crazy huge. So scary!

Nancy Claeys said...

I don't think I've ever seen a wolf spider. Are they poisonous?

I love your door spider. Much more friendly. :)

Lmkazmierczak said...

I just remembered I have a door spider decoration....must go dig it out! Happy 10-11-12♫♪

Renae said...

This hop looks like it is going to be a good one!

You are a young Mom, of course you will crop out the messy house, who wouldn't. hahahaha.

The spider is making a web very similar to that stuff people by to stretch on their homes - but you have the real thing!!!! yay! lol

Carletta said...

Your ending was perfect!
ANY spiders I find are on the endangered list - of not surviving. :)
Lovely mums!

SweetMarie said...

We've had so many webs here lately! Yuck! I can deal with your door spider. :) Cute!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I didn't look and didn't read, I can't do spiders :(

ajbsandme said...

Shivers from that story. I like spiders, but I'm not sure I want to have that kind of interaction with them.

Leovi said...

Pretty spider webs.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

It's fair to say you gave that spider a chance.
Your porch looks so festive.

Grandma Bonnie said...

I just do not like spiders. as long as they stay out side I let them be. Once they invade my home my son usually scoops them up and takes them out.
Happy Thursday!

Jill said...

Ewww on the wolf spider! Love your door spider though!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Poor little spider!

Debbie said...

haha, free halloween decorations, from the wolf spider!!

Angela said...

YIKES! Glad you got that spider!

Yael Ben-Ari said...

That is so interesting about the wolf spiders hibernating. I don't kill spiders unless they are in the house or they are poisonous, because they kill bad bugs. Inside the house is another matter. I love your door...ready for Halloween.

Yael from Home GArden Diggers

BlueShell said...

Sorry...I could not come after all. Today maybe...
Hugs
BShell

Chris said...

Another sleepless night now for me Lisa!
At least you didn't have any giant flies around the house!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Jori said...

There is a HUGE freaky web strung between two of my shrubs. I shudder to think about the spider that made it.

Chatty Crone said...

That would scare me!

Marissa @Life On Our Mountain said...

Love your 'welcome' horse bell at the door!

(Goodbye and good riddance to that spider!)