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Updated: 04/05/2014 08:00:01AM

Amazing backyard arachnids

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Banana spider.

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Spiny orb weaver spider.

Bill Dunson

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Spiny orb weaver spider.

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Spiny orb weaver spider.

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A green lynx female spider in a nursery web.

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A green lynx female spider in a nursery web.

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An orb weaver eats a conehead katydid.

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An orb weaver eats a conehead katydid.

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Banana spider.

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Banana spider.

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A green lynx female spider in a nursery web.

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An orb weaver eats a conehead katydid.

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One of the animal groups that people have the most difficulty in appreciating must be spiders.

Even snakes seem to have more admirers than these creepy arachnids with their eight hairy legs. Why is this? Could this be an innate fear from our distant past or simply something learned from our parents and peers? Although all have a venomous bite, few are of real danger to humans. So I have been systematically examining the arachnids that I come into contact with to learn more about them.  

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