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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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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Harvestmen are honoray spiders in my book, just for gaining a fearsome reputation despite being completely harmless:

    "An urban legend claims that the harvestman is the most venomous animal in the world, but possesses fangs too short or a mouth too round and small to bite a human and therefore is not dangerous (the same myth applies to the cellar spider and cranefly, which are both also called a 'daddy longlegs'). This is untrue on several counts. None of the known species have venom glands; their chelicerae are not hollowed fangs but grasping claws that are typically very small and definitely not strong enough to break human skin. This myth is so pervasive that it was debunked by two popular television shows, MythBusters and "Bill Nye The Science Guy"."

    It is beyond me how this myth even got started.

    And what is up with crane flies being mistaken for "giant mosquitoes" all the time?

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  • Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    HOPY SHIT
    that mosquito is
    HUUUUUUUUUU
    UUUUUUUUUGE

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  • Indie WinterIndie Winter zoolalia, homicide, יישוב סכסוכים Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    obviously the best spider is the bolas spider

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWec266Lo3Q

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  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I don't like spiders in my house. Outside they are pretty neat, though! I used to be asceered of them, but since mosquitoes here are enormous (real mosquitoes, not that fakey huge guys posted earlier) I'm all for keeping orb weavers and shit around the outside of my place.

    It's funny, teaching kindergarten makes you about a million times more tolerant of insects and the like. Because I don't want to teach my students to be afraid of bugs or anything in nature, you know? So at first I had to act like I was cool with the wolf spiders on the playground and before I knew it I was collecting caterpillars and snails and centipedes and the like to put in terrariums for my class.

    On which note, these guys are my homeys:

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    Yeah! Eat the spiders living in the bathroom drains! Thanks lil (medium-sized) friends!

    On the other hand, I hate running into these guys:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeFhaVdWy5A

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    That bolas spider is pretty awesome, gonna remember that.

    Also I noticed a bunch of the comments on the giant korean centipede video are Zerg/SC jokes, pretty funny.

    I'm not sure what that giant thing that looks kind of like a mite is Sal, but I would imagine spiders in your drains would be pretty conspicuous.

    That being said, I fucking hate big centipedes:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoXfYvoUsxg

    No, you don't get to eat anything with a spine you thousand-legged hellspawn!

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2010
    Ant lions are the best insect.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2010
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    Fuck yes
    This book is hard to find – don’t even bother with Amazon – but my brother was persistent and after several weeks of patient searching he got a copy from Alibris and sent it to me. It is a story of a boy who wakes up one morning transformed into an ant. The book describes his travels and adventures in the world of the small. Of course, he meets a bunch of really cool creatures, like various wasps and bees and moths and honey-ants, etc. But the one I remember the most was the ant-lion.
    The antlion is actually quite pretty, yet short-lived, as an adult. But it is the larva that is really cool:
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    It digs a pit in the send and hides underneath the sand right under the bottom of the pit. When an ant, or some other insect comes by, it falls into the pit and has trouble climbing out of its steep walls again. The ant-lion lunges out of the sand (like a scence from “Tremors”) and eats the poor bug:
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    Now the really cool part: the volume of the pit is bigger when the antlion is hungrier (or so they say at this marvelous website that I highly recommend you browse around). But, hungry or not, the ant-lion digs a bigger pit when the moon is full. Nobody has any idea why that would be so. Here is a photograph of a colony of ant-lions, each with its own little pit:
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    But here is the coolest part of all. If you take ant-lions out of the field and put them in little sandboxes in the laboratory and isolate them from any cues about the outside world they will still dig bigger pits roughly every four weeks – they have an internal lunar rhythm:
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    They have, somewhere in their brains, a lunar clock that tells them to dig larger pits whenever the moon is full even if they canot see the moon itself (e.g., on a dark cloudy night). If and when somebody figures out how this little brain works, I’ll be sure to tell you all on my blog, but you may have to wait years for it – nobody is even thinking about studying it right now.

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Thats just a grainy cracker you glued little legs and pincers onto.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2010
    Fun fact: when an ant lion seizes its prey, there is a tiny explosion within its pit, and then the ant is gone.

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  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    That bolas spider is pretty awesome, gonna remember that.

    Also I noticed a bunch of the comments on the giant korean centipede video are Zerg/SC jokes, pretty funny.

    I'm not sure what that giant thing that looks kind of like a mite is Sal, but I would imagine spiders in your drains would be pretty conspicuous.

    That being said, I fucking hate big centipedes:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoXfYvoUsxg

    No, you don't get to eat anything with a spine you thousand-legged hellspawn!

    Seriously! The first time I saw one of those zergling centipedes here it was crossing the street where I was jogging, and I stopped full-on and gave it the right of way. It's the sort of creature that you say, "After you, sir," to instinctually.

    And the giant thing is actually a face-on photo of a house centipede! I like them. Which is good, because they loooove my place. And the thing about the drain spiders is, most bathrooms don't have a separate stall or tub or anything for the shower fixtures, they're just on the wall in the open, so the entire room is fixed up with one or two (poorly plumbed) floor drains. And if no water goes down them (like one in my bathroom) the spiders seem to really become quite partial to it.

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I admit Munkus when you mentioned the Antlions my first thought was:

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2010
    I don't eve know what that is.

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Just remember to stay off the sand!

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  • DoobhDoobh She/Her, Ace Pan/Bisexual 8-) Still not deadRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Isoldae wrote: »
    This seems like the thread to say: fuck spiders.

    I got bit on the arm and leg by a brown recluse spider this year and the bite on my arm got infected.

    Fuck spiders.

    That little fucker. How's the arm looking?

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    i have a cold sweat nightmare if i see a spider bigger than a medium sized coin

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    There's one that seems to be living right outside my front door. He couldn't fit on a quarter, probably the biggest resident spider I've seen. Some kind of Tegenaria species, either a small Duellica or large Agrestis.

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  • DoobhDoobh She/Her, Ace Pan/Bisexual 8-) Still not deadRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I guess the spider on our ceiling was a Titiotus. Saw a few pictures. Yeah, legs look about right.

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  • LiiyaLiiya Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    The only spiders I have ever seen are house spiders Tegenaria gigantea/domestica and the tiny tiny money spiders. That's it. They are both very small.

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  • DoobhDoobh She/Her, Ace Pan/Bisexual 8-) Still not deadRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I'm okay with wolf spiders. They stay out of sight.

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    in devon we have enormous hobo + garden spiders, easily a half-inch long body

    the wolf spider that lived under my subwoofer has moved on

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  • DoobhDoobh She/Her, Ace Pan/Bisexual 8-) Still not deadRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Beasteh wrote: »
    i
    the wolf spider that lived under my subwoofer has moved on

    sub wolfer


    HA

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  • LiiyaLiiya Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Hum.

    Luckily they are more common in South because its warmer. I'm not scared of them, but they do make me jump if I see one running across the floor. Then they enter the world the glass and paper.

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Dubh wrote: »
    Beasteh wrote: »
    i
    the wolf spider that lived under my subwoofer has moved on

    sub wolfer


    HA

    this is exactly what stale said as well

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    my albino rat has a habit of catching insects + crunching on them

    as if i dont feed the fat little asshole enough

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  • Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    A few weeks ago my boss was going to kill a baby huntsman spider. I was all, "Hells no!" and saved it.

    Some people may call me crazy for saying this, but it was a really cute spider!

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  • DoobhDoobh She/Her, Ace Pan/Bisexual 8-) Still not deadRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Stale's a classy dude. What can i say?

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  • LiiyaLiiya Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    A few weeks ago my boss was going to kill a baby huntsman spider. I was all, "Hells no!" and saved it.

    Some people may call me crazy for saying this, but it was a really cute spider!

    I find baby spiders at work all the time, I put them in the plants we sell outside so they can catch the flies and any insects that might go for the plants. Put them to use.

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    If I found a baby huntsman I would keep it on my wall behind my clock for when guests come over. Clock Spider is an internet celeb!

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    if a large spider happens to crawl into my peripheral vision

    im all WUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH

    then it is tissue + front garden time

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  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    my obligatory lolspider! ( sorry it took me 3 pages!)

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  • RinderRinder Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Screw Brown Recluses to hell. Stop appearing in my bathroom!
    I do not need to get bitten and have my flesh dissolve.
    I almost would rather have a Black Widow. Also these spiders are not killing the cockroaches fast enough.
    Lazy ass bums.

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
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    Rinder wrote: »
    Screw Brown Recluses to hell. Stop appearing in my bathroom!
    I do not need to get bitten and have my flesh dissolve.
    I almost would rather have a Black Widow. Also these spiders are not killing the cockroaches fast enough.
    Lazy ass bums.

    The venom of the brown recluse is a tad overrated anyway. There is another type of house spider that is great at murdering roaches but I can't think of it offhand.

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  • BigDesBigDes Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    There used to be a common house spider that made its home underneath our tv cabinet.

    We had a truce with this little dude, even the cat who would regularly eviscerate, eat or torture anything smaller than itself knew this spider was not to be fucked with.

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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?

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  • LiiyaLiiya Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Maybe you could take a photo of it?

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  • Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Leaf-curling spiders are neat!

    They hoist a leaf up into the middle of their webs, and curl it up and live in it.

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran 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.

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  • UmaroUmaro Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Fuck spiders! We have daddy long legs in our basement at the new house, they're nothing fierce but they have a high creepiness-to-size ratio.

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Harmless fellows.

    Also not spiders.

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  • ArchArch Neat-o, mosquito! Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
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