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This is the spider thread, no there can't be baby spiders in it thats an urban legend

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  • KrunkMcGrunkKrunkMcGrunk Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    This thread is timely!

    I've got this spider outside of my house that I want to identify. I live in Indianapolis, and have never seen this before. Anyhow, it looks to be black, or dark brown, is slightly larger than a US quarter, and has a thick web of about 1' circumference, with a tunnel made out of the web where the spider sits.

    Any idea what that could be?

    Can you describe the coloration, patterns and number + arrangement of eyes? I can't seem to find anything going off just Indianapolis funnel-web spider.

    I'll try to snap a picture of it tonight.

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  • SnowbeatSnowbeat i need something to kick this thing's ass over the lineRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    if you love spiders so much why don't you move to spideristan and live with them!

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  • FutoreFutore Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    we have a lot of these in our back yard
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    And i think a lot of these. But the ones I see are way bigger than their wikipedia descriptions. Fuck those guys
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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Snowbeat wrote: »
    if you love spiders so much why don't you move to spideristan and live with them!

    If that was a place I'd leave for it today!

    Also I am sooo gay for Spider-Man.

    @futore: What kind of spider is that in pic 1? It looks a bit like a crab spider but it is hanging from a web.

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  • ArchArch HELLO YES THIS IS BUG Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Snowbeat wrote: »
    if you love spiders so much why don't you move to spideristan and live with them!

    If that was a place I'd leave for it today!

    Also I am sooo gay for Spider-Man.

    @futore: What kind of spider is that in pic 1? It looks a bit like a crab spider but it is hanging from a web.

    Spiny Orb Weavers

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  • FutoreFutore Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    they make rather pretty webs and just kinda hang out in the very middle of them

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  • ArchArch HELLO YES THIS IS BUG Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
  • FutoreFutore Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    oh, yeah. both of those pictures are actually Orb Weaver pictures.

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  • ArchArch HELLO YES THIS IS BUG Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    orb weavers are the best weavers

    we get the golden orb weavers (and I guess the little spiny guys as well) all over the place here

    they are huge and beautiful and i love them

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    The orb weavers we get around here are all boring and brown.

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  • MaceraMacera Registered User
    edited September 2010
    get plenty of orb weavers around my house, and lots of cellar spiders in it

    also during the warm months there are legions of little black hunting spiders in the yard; it's something to see dozens of them scurrying out of your way as you walk

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  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    this thread reminded me of japanesebugfights.com because it is simultaneously fascinating and nightmare-inducing

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  • mensch-o-maticmensch-o-matic Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Crashmo wrote: »
    this thread reminded me of japanesebugfights.com because it is simultaneously fascinating and nightmare-inducing

    aaand there goes my afternoon

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  • FutoreFutore Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    animal rights groups really hate that website

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  • MaceraMacera Registered User
    edited September 2010
    well, yeah

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    As long as the fights are evenly matched I don't see why they should, I mean they are bugs!

    I'd always put my money on a jumping spider since they are the luchadores of bug combat.

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  • HarridanHarridan Registered User
    edited September 2010
    Ah, the Japanese. I remember going on a field trip with my 7th grade homeroom class to see a Mongoose/habu fight. Remember the 80s, when your parents had no real clue about the content of your field trips, and just signed the forms? Good times.

    Spiders are horrific, esp when you are slightly inebriated, walk into their gossamer strands, and completely freak out trying to get out of this huge sidewalk spanning web. Sober in a heartbeat.

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Harridan wrote: »
    Ah, the Japanese. I remember going on a field trip with my 7th grade homeroom class to see a Mongoose/habu fight. Remember the 80s, when your parents had no real clue about the content of your field trips, and just signed the forms? Good times.

    Spiders are horrific, esp when you are slightly inebriated, walk into their gossamer strands, and completely freak out trying to get out of this huge sidewalk spanning web. Sober in a heartbeat.

    You might just be a pretty high-strung drunk.

    How wasted do you need to be before you demand to do karaoke?

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  • Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Meester Fuzzputt 'e plenty good fella.Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Harmless fellows.

    Also not spiders.

    There are actually three things commonly called daddy long legses.
    • Harvestmen (not spiders)
    • Crane flies (not spiders)
    • Cellar spiders (THESE ARE FUCKING SPIDERS)

    Cellar spiders are awesome because they are completely harmless, kind of funny looking and they beat lots of more dangerous spiders in a fight.

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Growing up we called harvestmen daddy long-legs, crane flies giant mosquitoes, and I've never had any contact with cellar spiders.

    Got these terms stuck in my head.

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  • Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Meester Fuzzputt 'e plenty good fella.Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
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    you can certainly see where the "long legs" part of the name comes from

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  • MaceraMacera Registered User
    edited September 2010
    where I live, crane flies are called mosquito eaters, though they don't actually eat mosquitoes

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  • DracoGriffinDracoGriffin Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I feel things crawling all over my skin reading this thread.

    Oh god, the arachnophobia is almost consuming me.

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Face your fears. Go outside and let a big spider crawl around on your hands, won't even be a thing pretty quick.

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  • Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    we have some of those big giant yellow and black orb-weaver type fellows here, i believe!

    my mom said one of them spat at her but i find this claim dubious at best.


    also, we have these big orange fuzzy bastards that spin big, pretty webs and are about the size of a marble, sometimes larger.

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  • DracoGriffinDracoGriffin Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Face your fears. Go outside and let a big spider crawl around on your hands, won't even be a thing pretty quick.

    Nah, I'm pretty good on it IRL.

    But looking at pictures? Honestly, makes me skin crawl to the point I have to wipe at my skin to 'make sure'.

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  • MaceraMacera Registered User
    edited September 2010
    Orb weavers don't spit, though a few other spiders can

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqb30-YjYoY

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  • AMP'dAMP'd Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    spiders spittin' hot fire

    laying down a few tracks just like that

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  • AntimatterAntimatter Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    HATE SPIDERS

    HATE
    HATE
    HATE

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  • SnowbeatSnowbeat i need something to kick this thing's ass over the lineRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    FUCK YOU

    FUCK ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL OF YOU

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  • Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    EH

    VREEEY

    WUUUUUUUUUUUUN

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  • MerculoreMerculore Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
  • VALVEjunkieVALVEjunkie Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    so good

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  • DichotomyDichotomy Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    as a child, I always called crane flies "uglybugs"

    I feel it's an appropriate name

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  • IloveslimesIloveslimes Shoreline, WARegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I don't like cellar spiders. I'm tall and they really like to live on ceilings. I don't usually kill spiders, but they are an exception. Living in Japan taught me that after a spider gets to a certain size, they can freak me out a bit. There were some, like a wolf spider, that got about 5-6 across and they were very fast.

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  • MaceraMacera Registered User
    edited September 2010
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  • Mortal SkyMortal Sky queer punk hedge witchRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I kept a black widow as a pet for a few weeks when I was in eighth grade. Then she laid eggs and I knew the only way to deal with not having a billion baby spiders in my room was to use a bottle rocket inside her container, a honey bear.

    The only spiders I have any fear of are fast ones that move strangely and Australian Funnel Webs. Really creepy ones may also apply at certain times, but only when they are really goddamn creepy.

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  • Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Meester Fuzzputt 'e plenty good fella.Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Fat, round shiny spiders always look so sinister.

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  • Mortal SkyMortal Sky queer punk hedge witchRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    All of my least favorite spiders (the few that exist) tend to be flat and gangly, like a crab. They are also all very fast.

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Samir this thread makes me happy. I am a fan of spiders and have a bunch of tarantulas, and get pretty sick of people telling me they're gross or horrible or whatever, so it's good to see someone else who thinks they're rad.

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    All's Veld That Ends Veld - read my blog about training as a safari guide. Or don't! It's a free country!
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