Gertrude, my pet orb weaver spider (Araneus diadematus)

She moved on to our window frame about two weeks ago, and I’ve been feeding her insects I catch in the house. I sleep with the window open no matter the weather and we don’t have a screen, so I am always glad to have spiders in the room to keep the mosquitoes down.

So far, I’ve seen her eat a variety of insects, but the most surprising were the cellar spider and the crane fly. I’ll try and snag a picture next time I throw something in her web. She wraps up her prey so quickly: it’s fascinating to watch.

In short, I really like Gertrude, and I’m happy she chose my window.

My dad is a total arachnophobe, but I just can’t understand it looking at her; I definitely did not inherit his phobia.