I haven’t seen many spiders around this year with the drought. A few days ago I was at the neighbors and spotted this beauty.
The Writing or Banana spiders are a pretty good size spider. With body and legs they spread out bigger than a silver dollar. She had a stunning web made and she was in the typical head downward position.
I will check on her from time to time to see if she has an egg sack.
I had one on our fence earlier this spring, but haven’t seen her lately
The only bad encounter that I have had with these guys is when I have been mowing the lawn (riding lawn mower) in the back-forty and go through one of the large webs at upper body level. Not my favorite things to do for two reasons. One: I don’t want to be that up-front and personal with a spider that size. Two: Spiders do good work eating bugs and insects that I don’t want to intentionally disrupt their web and nest.