While treating the porch overhang with a residual aerosol, this Orb Weaver spider, about the size of a half-dollar, caught me off guard.
Orb-weavers have eight eyes, hairy or spiny legs, and no sound making organs. The orb-weavers include over 10,000 species and make up about 25% of spider diversity. Many orb-weavers build a new web each day.
Although Orb Weavers prey on insects, have very small fangs, and are reluctant to bite, they can easily frighten humans due to their look and size.
Since Orb Weaver spiders aren't an invasive species and act as a beneficial pest control service for the homeowner, I left it alone and continued treating the remainder of the home for carpenter bees.
As I was treating a residence in Freehold, NJ for carpenter bees I came across a surprise visitor — an Orb Weaver spider!