Saturday, October 25, 2014

Spider Trivia

Given our slow internet service, we were wondering if any of our blog followers might be able to identify the spider pictured below.  We would also be curious as to whether or not it is poisonous.   Stephanie and two of the other wives noticed it while in our garden.  One of these women called the guard over and asked him (in Kirundi) if it was dangerous.  He said something (in Kirundi) and she translated for us, “I think he said that you can eat this spider ….. no, wait … he said this spider will eat you”).  Slight difference.  

Whoever can correctly identify this spider will win free room and board in beautiful Kibuye, Burundi (airfare not included).


  1. Orb weaver spider. Non-venemous. Family Araneidae. 3000+ distinct species... I've got an email out to a spider website for species identification help, but I can tell you with certainty that it is harmless. Spooky though!

  2. Thanks for the info Hank! Great to know that our lives are not in immediate danger. And congratulations on your free trip to Kibuye (airfare not included). Although I think you were just here a few months ago ... but congratulations nonetheless!