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Roger's Spider Stronghold is now open!

 
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jun, 2017 12:50 pm
@InfraBlue,
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vonny
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2017 02:05 pm
@InfraBlue,
http://listverse.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/happy-face-spider-tm.jpg

Happy Face Spider.

No kidding. This is a real animal, closely related to the black widow spider and found in the rain-forests of Hawaii, where it is known as nananana makaki’i. It is not known to be dangerous to humans in any way. The strange patterns in the spider’s yellow abdomen often take the form of a smiling face, although in some individuals the markings are less obvious or even absent. Some happy face spiders can actually have markings reminiscent of a frowning or screaming face! Although this is not the only spider with face-like markings, it is certainly the one with the most notorious one. Unfortunately, it is considered as endangered, due to its limited range and the reduction of its natural habitat.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 23 Jun, 2017 10:52 am
@vonny,
vonny
 
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Reply Sat 24 Jun, 2017 01:10 pm
@tsarstepan,
The Herbivore Spider

http://listverse.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/plants-e1376944616276.jpg

One spider’s diet consists entirely of plants. This spider, found in Central America and Mexico, is the only one known to prefer eating plants over animals or other insects. It loves eating the tips of the acacia plant, which has no natural defense against predators. Because of this, the spider isn’t the only creature that eats the plant—some ants do too. In fact, the ants often protect the plant so they can have it for themselves, giving the spider a hard time reaching its food. It circumvents this problem by sneaking the leaves out one by one when the ants aren’t paying attention.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 26 Jun, 2017 05:35 am
@vonny,
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Mon 26 Jun, 2017 09:43 am
This is a picture of the web of the spiders of the genus Dictyna. These are tiny cribellate spiders, very common in the Dallas area, recognized by the messy web at the tip of plans. Cribellate means the web fibers are hackled or combed producing fibers that entangle the bristles on the bodies of insects. Dictyna comes from the Greek word Dictys (meaning net) a mythological fisherman who rescued Danaë and her son Perseus from the ocean.
http://crawford.tardigrade.net/journal/album/daileydicweb.jpg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jun, 2017 06:05 am
@coluber2001,
Handyman spider
https://i.imgur.com/ciOhORH.jpg
vonny
 
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Reply Sat 1 Jul, 2017 01:55 pm
@tsarstepan,
The Assassin Spider

http://listverse.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/259805578_032e294187_o.jpg

Found in Madagascar and parts of Africa and Australia, these bizarre predators have long necks designed to support the weight of their enormous jaws, and they feed almost exclusively on other spiders, hence their name. Despite their fearsome appearance and name, they are completely harmless to humans. An interesting note is that these spiders are survivors from the age of dinosaurs! Perhaps that’s why they look so alien nowadays?
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sat 1 Jul, 2017 03:01 pm
@vonny,
That's an insect, not a spider. It looks like an assassin bug to me (with ants stuck to it).
coluber2001
 
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Reply Sat 1 Jul, 2017 05:22 pm
@rosborne979,
Yeah, the dead giveaway is that spiders don't have antennae.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jul, 2017 06:00 am
@coluber2001,
I think the article probably meant to say that they eat spiders, not that they are spiders.
vonny
 
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Reply Mon 3 Jul, 2017 02:00 pm
@rosborne979,
I looked up assassin spiders on the internet - it seems they do exist, but I wonder if the photograph that accompanied the article I quoted from was, in fact, of an assassin bug as opposed to an assassin spider?

Here's an extract from Wilipedia about assassin spiders -

Quote:
The Archaeidae are a spider family with about 70 described species in four genera, as of October 2016.[2] Commonly known as assassin spiders, they are also known as pelican spiders, stemming from their specialised anatomy: they have elongated chelicerae (jaws) and necks for catching other spiders.

Spiders of the family Archaeidae are unusual in that they have "necks", which can be very long and slender, or short and fat. Archaeids prey only upon other spiders. Assassin spiders were first known from 40 million year old amber fossils which were found in Europe in the 1840s, and were not known to have living varieties until 1881, when the first living assassin spider was found in Madagascar. They are native to Australia, South Africa, and Madagascar, with the sister family
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 6 Jul, 2017 06:30 pm
@vonny,
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 24 Jul, 2017 10:03 am
@tsarstepan,
You're welcome for tonight's nightmares!
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 31 Jul, 2017 06:43 am
@tsarstepan,
Hiked Mt. Taurus (near Cold Springs, NY) last Saturday.
https://i.imgur.com/RwMsVnC.jpg
Met this lovely native.
coluber2001
 
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Reply Mon 31 Jul, 2017 10:28 am
Trash line orb web spider--Cyclosa turbinata
Found one in my backyard, but couldn't get a picture. It's a small web only three or four inches in diameter with trash in a vertical line.

http://centexnaturalist.com/foldermainmenus/sfmsncwildflowers/Spiders/trash-line-spider-02.jpg
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Wed 2 Aug, 2017 11:22 am
The orchard spider, Leucauge venusta. I've seen a lot of these in Florida and Texas. The orb web is at about a 45 degree angle, and the orange spot and akimbo abdomen are dead giveaways.

http://orig04.deviantart.net/b30f/f/2013/206/c/5/female_orchard_orbweaver__leucauge_venusta__by_kamose-d6f5h4m.jpg
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Wed 2 Aug, 2017 11:28 am
@tsarstepan,
I see a nice fern, but what's in the crevice is underexposed.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 3 Aug, 2017 06:21 am
@coluber2001,
Tiny spider in the middle of the web. It's there if you squint.


Guys at work have been feeding this huge spider for a year
coluber2001
 
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Reply Thu 3 Aug, 2017 12:27 pm
@tsarstepan,
I think I see it, but I'm on a cell phone. It will show up better on a computer.

I used to feed mosquitoes to a little Cellar spider in my house. I'd slap the mosquito and throw it in the web while it was still in its death throes.

It's difficult for people to appreciate spiders, because they're so strange and alien looking. There's a lot of anthropocentrism and fear to get past so you can appreciate these little critters.

I've had a number of tarantulas in burrows in my backyard, but either the cats or the tarantula hawks get them. No tarantulas this year.
 

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