This gal is enormous, probably almost as big across as a nickel (not counting the legs.) There are always flies buzzing around the bush below this web, so I imagine she eats very well.
I hate flies more than spiders, who generally mind their own business, so I’m not going to bother her.
“…I could accept this openness, glasnost, perestroika, or whatever you want
to call it if they did these things: abolish the one party system; open the
Soviet frontier and allow Soviet people to travel freely; allow the Soviet
people to have real free enterprise; allow Western businessmen to do business
there, and permit freedom of speech and of the press. But so far, the whole
country is like a concentration camp. The barbed wire on the fence around
the Soviet Union is to keep people inside, in the dark. This openness that
you are seeing, all these changes, are cosmetic and they have been designed
to impress shortsighted, naive, sometimes stupid Western leaders. These
leaders gush over Gorbachev, hoping to do business with the Soviet Union or
appease it. He will say: “Yes, we can do business!” This while his
military machine in Afghanistan has killed over a million people out of a
population of 17 million. Can you imagine that?
— Victor Belenko, MiG-25 fighter pilot who defected in 1976
“Defense Electronics”, Vol 20, No. 6, pg. 110