Seeing a lot of spider webs around your house this time of year? Fear not. Meet Neoscona crucifera, a large but harmless species of spider that emerges during the day in the fall to hunt for food.
These spiders, also known as orb weavers, usual hunt at night, but the females start also hunting at during the day in autumn, when they are laying eggs. Chances are, if you’re outdoors in Southern California, hiking or even gardening, you’ll see some of these 8-legged carnivores. They like anchoring their webs to buildings, so watch out, or you might get a face full of spider silk.