Chicago's Biggest Spiders Are Nearly The Size Of Your Hand

OMG - the largest spiders living in Chicago are almost the size of your hand!!

They are the Argiope aurantia (orb weaver):


And the dolomedes tenebrosus (dark fishing spider):

(photos above: Getty Images)

Apparently neither will come into houses, at least not in the city, but if you have a cabin in Wisconsin, you occasionally might see one inside.

Chicagoans can find both spiders in city forest preserves or in the backyard.

Illinois is home to about 800 spider species -- I live in a condo in the city and these freaky things LOVE living in the windows outside my 42nd floor unit. Freaks me out to open the windows even with screens in place!

 
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