Yes. This is gonna be a heated thread, and will likely cause more drama and angst than someone talking about George Zimmerman not paying his taxes on PRSI. Feelings will be hurt. Long standing friendships shattered like so much brittle glass. The only reason I dare broach such a difficult topic is because I've already scoured Google and come up negative, and with the large spread of professions represented on this board, someone here has to be a spider expert. That's right. In case you couldn't tell by the subject and the last sentence of my last paragraph, this thread is going to be about spiders. Particularly the unbearably frightening spiders I've come across in my back yard. Normally spiders don't bother me (save for brown recluses), and are hardly something I'd consider wasting your collective time with. But these spiders? ...are crazy spiders. We're talking freakishly huge, hairy bastards the likes of which I've never seen before. These aren't things that normally live in temperate climates. Oh no. They have to be something displaced from the deepest, darkest heart of the Amazon rainforest. Now one wouldn't be so bad, but I've come across three out in my yard. I'm afraid they're gonna get together, have some nasty spider orgy, and breed an infestation. If that happens, yeah...I'd have to sell the house and move. But enough buildup. Without further ado, I give you: SPIDERS! Needless to say, if you're an arachnophobe, you should not click on these following links. What the hell... Oh my good lord god... To give you a sense of scale, I have roughly medium sized hands, and this thing could easily fit in my palm and then some. The web is large enough to be strung between two trees. And what the thing is eating in that second shot? I'm pretty sure it's the dessicated remains of a camel cricket. The pictures were taken with me holding my iPhone roughly two feet away from it in one hand while holding an LED flashlight in the other. So my question is, what kind of spiders are these, and are they going to eventually raid my house and kill me?