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Roger's Spider Stronghold is now open!

 
 
roger
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jul, 2013 02:49 pm
@edgarblythe,
The trouble is they are only colored on one side, and what's gravity to a spider? So far as I can tell, they are exactly as happy right side up or upside down. I guess you can always reach out and gently turn them over - if you want to.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jul, 2013 04:11 pm
AS long as they want to hide from me, I want to let them stay that way.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jul, 2013 12:19 am
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:

Ours are red bellied with the red appearing in a distinctive hourglass figure. We call them Black Widows. They're of the same genus.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Black_Widow_11-06.jpg


They're very similar. Our red backs don't have a distinct hourglass shape, though. If they bite, it's bloody bad....but they are not at all aggressive.
roger
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jul, 2013 01:25 am
@dlowan,
Neither are ours, but they're not afraid of much except fire. They will run to the extremes of their webs, but that's as far as they go.

We have several others with similarly shaped, shiny body, and the same leg design. I treat all of them about the same. If you remember Princess, she was only similar in the number of legs. Kind of wish we had had FBM around to get a couple of good pictures. She was one first class spider.
Debacle
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jul, 2013 10:42 am
@roger,
This is one spider you want to avoid at all cost. Their bite is extremely virulent; will literally eat away your flesh. There are many images on the web which show the damage they cause, if your stomach will withstand grosseries.

Brown Recluse

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130220173620/arachnipedia/images/3/36/Brown-recluse-spider.jpg

edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jul, 2013 11:35 am
@Debacle,
I have some under my house and at my job. I knew a woman who got bitten once about 15 years ago. She was after that terrified of any and all spiders.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 09:49 am
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 23 Aug, 2013 10:48 am
@tsarstepan,
http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr05/2013/6/7/14/enhanced-buzz-15765-1370628633-11.jpg
http://www.buzzfeed.com/kmallikarjuna/people-who-deserve-all-the-awards
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 23 Aug, 2013 11:15 am
@tsarstepan,
we used to get these whip spiders in our clothes in NIgeria. They were harmless nd almost "biteless" but they could be huge all spread out. One guy kept one as a pet . He was a weird driller.
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/80/AmblypgiLyd.png/220px-AmblypgiLyd.png
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 23 Aug, 2013 12:11 pm
@tsarstepan,
Good sentiment in that second picture. I have also had occasions to help out spiders trapped in the tub. It's difficult. They don't know you're trying to help, and you can't just grab them unless you are willing to sacrifice a few legs.

Widows never seem to make it into the tub, as they strongly prefer to never leave the web. If they did, they would end up being washed down the drain.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 3 Sep, 2013 07:12 am
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 9 Sep, 2013 01:15 pm
NOPE NOPE NOPE 9 Huge Spiders To Destroy Your Dreams
http://i44.tinypic.com/j7gfav.jpg
http://regretfulmorning.com/2013/03/huge-spiders/?pid=10844
"Are you my mommy?? HUG ME!!"
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 15 Sep, 2013 12:05 pm
@tsarstepan,
Gunnerkrigg @gunnerkrigg wrote:
8m
There is a spider in here that is so big I could hear him running on the floor over the movie I was watching.
roger
 
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Reply Sun 15 Sep, 2013 12:10 pm
@tsarstepan,
Now, that takes a fairly large spider, but Gunner probably doesn't have much trouble with mice. Gotta look on the bright side.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 15 Sep, 2013 06:51 pm
@roger,
Is this spider large enough for you Roger??
roger
 
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Reply Sun 15 Sep, 2013 07:12 pm
@tsarstepan,
NASA has bugs in its programs before, but yes, this is more conspicuous than usual.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 04:00 am
@roger,
http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr01/2013/9/16/17/anigif_enhanced-buzz-31769-1379368136-4.gif
http://www.buzzfeed.com/virginmobilelive/moments-its-ok-to-nope
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vonny
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 04:08 am
We don't get many exotic spiders - just 'bog standard' garden and house spiders - here's one I photographed recently.

http://i1331.photobucket.com/albums/w588/vonny8/acacb9b4-8765-4f91-b224-e0c1e7549d13_zps5afdfabb.jpg
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 05:09 am
@vonny,
in his Tues science Times a "bug guy" related his tale of being bitten by a black widow and having gone through a new antivenom trial as a result. He was from New Jersey and recounted the explosion of the most common of the widow species, Latrodectus nactans on the East Coast of US. They make really messy webs (unlike the works of art of the yellow garden spider). The reporter told of having gone around smashing widows so his kids wouldn't get but (A kid could die from the bite), So his story of his bite was putting on a pair of work boots from a closet(boots he didn't wear for a while) and, after walking a few feet, feeling this stabbing pain on his big toe.
He said that, after the venom settled in, the overall pain was excrutiating.

When I get home Im gonna sweep for widows as they overwinter.
vonny
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 02:46 pm
@farmerman,
I didn't think we had any biting spiders in the UK - until I checked this evening, and found this! I still like spiders, but shall be a little more careful when I see one of a species that's new to me.

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/04_03/spiderBMTH_468x690.jpg

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/04_03/spidergraphicDM_468x131.jpg
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