I shared this on facebook but just had to share it here too. This has to be the meanest ickiest spider I’ve ever seen. I have never seen one like this ever and don’t want to but think twice about killing it if you do ever see one because it actually eats little pests and is a helpful spider. This little guy (or gal) was on my mom’s patio. She took the photo and if she had her way, she would have smashed it I’m sure but my dad came to the rescue of the horned insect. He moved it to the tree so that it could live happily ever after. Sarah informed me that it’s a Spiny-backed Orb-weaver and that is was the kind of spider that Charlotte was in Charlotte’s Web. I did google it and yes, Charlotte was an orb-weaver/barn spider. There are many types of orb-weavers, this being one of them.
If you saw one, would you kill it or leave it be?