To give you an idea of size, I've held up my reading glasses beside her.
I've posted once before about this kind of spider, but they are so beautiful, and so strikingly large. This is the Yellow Garden Spider, one of Ontario's largest orb weavers. This is a female (research tells me the males are much smaller). The zigzag line in the web is called a "stabilimentum" and after reading about that, there is much debate as to why some spiders include a stabilimentum in their construction (hiding spot, warning to birds, reflects ultraviolet rays to attract insects...).
I do not fear spiders. I'm not keen to have one walk up my arm, but that's just a sensation thing. I am from the generation who "knew" Charlotte as the benevolent creature who could spin words into her webs and whose life sadly ended after befriending Wilbur, the runt pig. To me, spiders are good.
I don't fear bees or worms or praying mantises... but these guys completely creep me out:
House centipedes are FAST and run in my bathroom at awkward times. (That's the price you pay for having an old house, I guess).
Are you brave when it comes to bugs, or do you run screaming?