By Wyatt Earp | September 27, 2011
When you’re out without your gun.
See this little bastard? (Click to embiggen.) That black thing welcomed Mrs. Earp as she was pruning the rose bush in our backyard. I was in the den when Erik came running in: “Dad, come out here. Quick!” I jumped up, thinking maybe Elizabeth Banks was outside. No such luck.
Instead, I saw what turned out to be a Black and Yellow Garden Spider. The damned thing was about two inches long and looked like it could kick my ass. I snapped the pic and looked for it online. Apparently, it’s not harmful to humans, but it will bite if provoked, so we had the kids give it a wide berth.
As for Mrs. Earp, she’s never going out back again.