What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: What is this??
Location: Gainesville, Georgia North
November 27, 2013 9:48 am
We live in North Georgia and I found this in our yard, completely terrifying.
What is this?
Signature: Emily

Pumpkin Spider is Harmless to Humans, but not to flying insects.

Pumpkin Spider is Harmless to Humans, but not to flying insects.

Dear Emily,
Don’t be terrified.  The Pumpkin Spider,
Araneus marmoreus, is not dangerous to humans, though we cannot guarantee the risk of not getting a bite at 0%.  We imagine that, if provoked, a large female Pumpkin Spider might bite, and though she does have venom, that venom is not considered harmful to humans, but it might result in localized swelling and tenderness.  Because of its timely submission, and because of the quality of your photograph, we are tagging your Pumpkin Spider as the Bug of the Month for December 2013.
We are curious exactly what being from Georgia North means.

 

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What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Gainesville, Georgia

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