Like many other human beings, I am slightly arachnophobic. I appreciate spiders for their evolutionary success and wild variety in shapes and sizes, but I also find them somewhat creepy.
So I was a little disconcerted when I stepped outside a few nights ago and saw this beast lurking on the doormat.
It was sizeable -- the ladybug under one of its legs is a good scale reference.
Anyone know what kind of spider this is? -- PL