Besides the crab spider living in Kieran’s terrarium, we also have an orb weaver on our balcony. It’s a big, beautiful Araneus diadematus, or cross orb weaver. We brought her home one day from a walk in Rockridge, near Frog Park, when we found her web built between a car and some shrubs. We chivvied her into a bottle and brought her home. But she abandoned our big terrarium (where another orb weaver, a huge, pregnant Argiope aurantia, had happily built her own web in the summer) and built her web high up in a corner of our balcony. She’s stayed in that corner now for about four weeks. It’s a fine place to catch flies, and she snared one this morning for her brunch.
By now it should be obvious that my son is not at all afraid of spiders!