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If you are phobic of spiders I wouldn't look at the picture.<br><br><br><br>
I'm completely phobic and as I was walking up the steps to the front door this thing fell down infront of me at the overhang. It hung there for a bit then fell to the ground. I have never seen a spider like this in my life and it scared the **** out of me. It was moving really slow and I figured it was dying. I managed to get the courage to go back outside and take a picture of it. I went back out again a bit later and found it on it's back curled up, I assume dead. If it helps any I live in WA State USA.<br><br>
I thought about trying to google to figure out what kind of spider this is because I can't handle looking at the pictures of spiders.<br><a href="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/3/39/39988811_vbattach17095.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/3/39/525x525px-LL-39988811_vbattach17095.jpeg" style="width:430px;height:323px;"></a>
 

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What region of the US are you from? I've seen those before here in the Southeast, but I don't know exactly what they're called. They're not nearly as common around houses as some types are though. I almost always see them in the woods or other secluded areas.
 

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It appears to be a type of orb weaving spider.<br><br>
This guy has lots of pics, EDIT-> look at #6 in his pics, I would say it's a Cross Spider, Araneus diadematus<br><br><a href="http://kozmicdreams.com/spidersorb.htm" target="_blank">http://kozmicdreams.com/spidersorb.htm</a>
 

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Those pictures look exactly like what it looked like in real life. Just looking at those pictures has my anxiety sky high and my skin crawling. *shudders*<br><br>
I'm in the Northwest and I've never seen a spider like this before here or anywhere else I've lived (south and east coast). Of course, I don't really go looking for them and try my best to avoid them.
 

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Spiders are awesome. I spent many a summer day throwing ants into their webs and watching. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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We call them cat spiders, but I don't know why. They are around, but I don't see them all that often even so. They generally make a web and stay put and don't venture indoors. They are my favorite spider. We had one in the garden this summer that we tried to avoid disturbing. They are beautiful. And their folklore is good, as far as I've heard. They're good luck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"><br><br>
eta I'm in the Northwest too, I've seen them since I was young, but really not that many. They are solitary and infrequent and they do like porches.
 

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Cute and adorable. Why?
 

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It does look like an orb weaver to me. They are commonly found in back yards where I live. They make very strong and sticky webs and if you walk into at night it's not easy to quickly brush off. Ick! At least they aren't that much of a bite risk though, not like some of the other huge buggers that are lurking in my backyard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:">
 
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