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Roger's Spider Stronghold is now open!

 
 
vonny
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 02:56 pm
This one looks like mine - garden spider Araneus Diadematus - sounds harmless, thank goodness! We have loads of them.

http://files.myopera.com/SittingFox/blog/Garden%20spider%20120829.jpg
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 8 Oct, 2013 01:34 pm
http://www.systemcomic.com/comics/2013-08-14-freshstart.gif
http://www.systemcomic.com/2013/08/14/the-system-670-fresh-start/
vonny
 
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Reply Tue 8 Oct, 2013 01:53 pm
@tsarstepan,
Fascinating creatures! This little chap - or lady (how do you sex a spider?) - caught his lunch and made a meal of it whilst I was sitting in the garden - looks as if he enjoyed his meal!

http://i1331.photobucket.com/albums/w588/vonny8/P10405842_zps70ccbae6.jpg
roger
 
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Reply Tue 8 Oct, 2013 02:31 pm
@vonny,
Mostly, you just assume they are females, especially if they are in a web. For those that don't build webs, female is still a good way to bet.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 9 Oct, 2013 10:02 am
Brown Recluse Spider’s Silk Is Strong and Really Strange
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/10/brown-recluse-silk/
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vonny
 
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Reply Wed 9 Oct, 2013 02:48 pm
Found the following when I was looking for illustrations of English spiders - poor creatures do get a bad press!

http://cdn-www.cracked.com/articleimages/ob/spideranatomycopy_new.jpg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 9 Oct, 2013 05:16 pm
@vonny,
Vonny ... spiders do have evil junk in their proverbial trunks. Hence their master plan to take over the universe by twerking:
vonny
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 02:17 pm
@tsarstepan,
http://megalawlz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/funny-spiders-megalawlz-pictures.jpg
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 12 Oct, 2013 02:57 pm
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 16 Oct, 2013 12:39 pm
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Wed 16 Oct, 2013 02:31 pm
http://bugguide.net/images/cache/KLPZHL2ZXLCHEH1H5HAHIHAH4HCHQLCHMHJHPH1Z4LAZWHTH8HBHZL6ZRL6Z0L6Z5HCHSLOHKLEZLLTHQLVZ5LJH6H

This is the web of the basilica spider--Mecynogea lemniscata. The web itself is the interesting thing. It's a big complex supporting the central dome where the spider stays. Above it are a string of egg cases hung vertically from the lemniscus--a horizontal line composed of many fibers and very strong. At the end of the season, or when the spider wants another web, it severs the lower lines holding the dome in tension, and the dome just springs up over the eggs cases. The spider wraps the eggs cases with the defunct dome web and deserts the web.
vonny
 
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Reply Wed 16 Oct, 2013 02:34 pm
@coluber2001,
Oh that is so beautiful! Spiders' webs always fascinate me, but that one is particularly lovely.
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Fri 18 Oct, 2013 12:12 pm
I think the jumping spider is everybody's favorite and the most endearing, probably because of its curiousity and habit of turning its cephalothorax up and looking right at your face. There's a lot of anthropomorphism there because of its large eyes.
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQjBCf3Lrlv7U5cCX1wal7ZYk3BBejG6MfGgdCXrtuMqbhEcGywVQNnb63j http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_OsidO2UbunA/TAvEIfAm1fI/AAAAAAAAClI/RoX_DkjM684/s1600/white+jumping+spider.jpg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 18 Oct, 2013 12:39 pm
@coluber2001,
Quote:
I think the jumping spider is everybody's favorite and the most endearing....

Not quite. My favorite is the daddy long legs as they are the least evil/monstrous of all spiders.
vonny
 
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Reply Fri 18 Oct, 2013 12:48 pm
We've recently had media frenzy over the False Widow spider. It's been in this country for over a hundred years, but the press have only just discovered it! This is what The Independent had to say :-

http://i1.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article212702.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/false-widow-spider-pic-nhm-275966888-212702.jpg

Quote:
Friday 18 October 2013
More sightings of the false widow spider, as Britain's 'most venomous arachnid', with orange legs and white skull markings spotted in Essex

Further sightings of the false widow spider, Britain’s most venomous arachnid, are raising fears following reports that the spider is heading north.
As dropping temperatures attract the spider into homes, mother of two Amanda Armitage told The Independent her five-year-old daughter had picked up the orange-legged arachnid which had ‘white skull image on its back’

The 33-year-old from Essex said she had seen the Independent report and so her husband immediately knocked it out of her hands.

“He had seen the story about the false widow going around Facebook and when he saw what Emily was holding, there was a look of terror on his face and he whacked it out of Emily’s hand.”

After managing to catch the spider, Mrs Armitage took a photo and put in on Facebook, where friends commented that they had also seen the false widow in their homes.

The false widow has been spotted more than 50 times in parts of London and Kent over the last month, according to News Shopper.

Symptoms of a false widow bite may include swelling of the bite area, pins and needles and minor chest pains, according to Tony Wileman, a conservation ecologist at the London Wildlife Trust.

“It is recommended that if bitten by a spider thought to be a false widow spider then medical attention (a visit to the A&E department or your local GP) should be sought informing the medical staff that you think you have been bitten by a false widow spider,” said Wileman.

Last year a woman was hospitalised and nearly lost her arm after suffering a bite.

Describing the spider, Mrs Armitage says she should have realised it was dangerous.

“It has orange legs and a white skull image on its back - I’ve never seen anything like it. It should have rung alarm bells. It actually looked dangerous,” she said.

The false widow is one of just three or four spiders in the UK that can survive in homes by catching enough food, according to Mr Hine Females outlive males, surviving for up to three years, and can reach sizes of over three centimetres.

The spider first arrived in the UK over 100 years ago in Devon from the Canary Islands. More recently the population has spread to southeast England but have been spotted further north in Ipswich, Norwich and Leicestershire.

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roger
 
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Reply Fri 18 Oct, 2013 05:59 pm
@tsarstepan,
I've seen them invade and take over other spiders' webs. I hate bullies.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 21 Oct, 2013 12:46 pm
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vonny
 
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Reply Mon 21 Oct, 2013 01:54 pm
@tsarstepan,
I love the Daddy Long Legs that we have (lots of) in this country - Crane Flies. But on another thread I noticed a post about them in which it was said that some Daddy Long Legs are mites, and some are spiders!

Quote:
This is a Daddy Long Legs - Harvestman (a type of mite)
http://www.insectidentification.org/imgs/insects/eastern-harvestman.jpg

This is a Daddy Long Legs - Cellar Spider, Pholcidae (a type of spider)
http://nature.berkeley.edu/~stevelew/cbcstuff/common_spiders/images/pholcus_rovner.jpg

There is no debate about the classification of either animal. The debate occurs because the name "Daddy Long Legs" is used with both animals, even though they are different. The name Daddy Long Legs is apparently also used for Crane Flies, although I've never heard anyone call a Crane Fly that.

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coluber2001
 
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Reply Fri 25 Oct, 2013 02:50 pm
http://bugguide.net/images/cache/RL4ZQL5Z8L1H9HYHNHHR2HYHEH3HMLVZGLUZHLVH7H1HXHVHGHHR7LUZ5LJHEH1HMHTHLLTH5HVHZL8ZKLVHKL6ZXH.jpg

There is a third daddy longlegs spider, a true spider of the family Pholcidae. This one is Pholcus phangioides
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 28 Oct, 2013 08:01 am
@coluber2001,
That's the one I'm most familiar with.
 

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