In Texas, I am learning to fondle my things. If I do not fondle my things, the spider webs gather them in, and I feel like an abandoned bride in a Dickens tale.
This is Argiope aurantia, an outdoor spider, span is six inches anyway, known as the Black and Yellow Garden Spider, the Corn Spider, the Writing Spider, and here in Texas, the Zipper Spider.
Here is the “Bite” subsection of the Wikipedia entry:
“Like almost all other spiders, Argiope are harmless to humans. Like most garden spiders they eat insects, and they are capable of consuming prey up to twice their size. A. savignyi [Central and South America] was even reported to occasionally feed on the small bat Rhynchonycteris naso. They might bite if grabbed, but other than for defense they do not attack large animals. Their venom is not regarded as a serious medical problem for humans; it often contains a library of polyamine toxins with potential as therapeutic medicinal agents. Notable among these is the Argiotoxin ArgTX-636 (A. lobata).” (calms anxiety)
I replaced the original image I had on this post because I am trying to personalize my debit card with that image, and I was told the image was found on the internet, so I could not use it! Oh well…