I posted this photo on my FB page but I though you might like to see it here. During one of the brief intermissions of rain yesterday I quickly went down to take care of the hens. On my way back, I nearly ran into the web of this tiny spider. Then I ran in to get my camera.
This is a female spiny-backed orb spider. They live in gardens all over the Southeast and weave orb-shaped webs similar to the bigger black and yellow garden spider. (I've had a few of those too, all named Charlotte.) They come in a variety of colors- white with black dots and spikes, white with black dots and red spikes, orange with black dots and spikes, and yellow with black dots and spikes. She is very tiny, only about 3/8 of an inch, and very docile. The only time she raised her legs was when I touched her with my camera lens. I think I would be a bit annoyed at that as well.
She is a very interesting little thing, isn't she? I could have watched her all day, but for the huge downpours we've been having.
Thanks for visiting, Miss Spider! Come back again.