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Can you identify this spider for me?

 
 
Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 06:43 pm
http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/2738/spider5xx.jpg


im sorry this isnt a great picture. Their webs flap in the wind too much for a good close up.
it has a shell on it that makes it look like a crab.
the ones i see tend to be yellow/black.
Maybe about the size of a penny ... very hard shell..
they tend to cover my cactus plant and dont seem to live anywhere else
in my yard...

any ideas?
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squinney
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 06:54 pm
You KNOW I HATE spiders!

But did I click on this anyway? Huh?

Why did I do that?

Ooooh! That's kinda cool. Never heard of a spider with a shell. Did you tap on it?
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 07:07 pm
yeah i did.
It feels like.. a smooth sea shell with salt pieces affixed to it. Confused

reallllly cool!
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 07:14 pm
Its VERN!!. Damn hes been gone for weeks now. Yep, no doubt about it, it sure is ole Vern.You can tell by the happy face.
squinney
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 07:17 pm
I was gonna try to find some info for you, shewolf, but just googling "black yellow spider shell" gave me the willies.

I thought garden spiders were known for their elaborate, exact webs. Vern's looks rather messy.
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Instigate
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 07:20 pm
One of these, maybe?
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bermbits
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 07:32 pm
It could be a crab-like orb weaver. Check the pic here:
http://cbl.umces.edu/~atlss/images/mangrove/orbweaver.jpg
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squinney
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 07:32 pm
Oh, that looks like it. Google "Gasteracantha" and you'll get lots of info. Looks like he's supposed to be in Florida.
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 14 Aug, 2005 08:29 pm
That's one ugly spider.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 09:02 am
Oh no roger.. he is REALLY cool!
It looks like a mini crab.
And yes, when I googled a description of the spider, I got no where but scared..grossed out.. :shudder: just EW.
Strange that I am creeped out by most spiders, yet this crab spider has me pickning him up, touching him, photographing him, ,,

Instigate.. that IS IT!
that is exactly the spider I see.
They are everywhere and just so neat!
They DO spin very sloppy webs. I think , well, from what I see actually.. they do thier hunting ON plants. Their webs dont seem to do much for food catching.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 09:07 am
Look at these great pictures of it~

http://bugguide.net/images/cache/CH7H1HIHZRZLAZMLAZML1Z9H9Z4L9Z9HLRWHRRUHDHMHJH6HAZ0LEZGH5ZSLOHXHPZQLEZQLGZHLTHHLGZXLJH.jpg

http://bugguide.net/images/cache/FQX0TQM0K0YKFRMQ3RMQFRRQARHQFRW0FR203RU03RMQYRKQH060TR0Q00G0CQFKOQLQTQ3KVRMQZ0N0K080CQ.jpg


it is the coolest spider I think I have ever seen.
It isnt a spider ..but it is.
they are very slow, their legs are short so you dont typically see them from the top of the shell.. and have beautiful colors..
I like them.
Alot~
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 09:13 am
That is so bizarre. I am so afraid of spiders but this one...not so much.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 09:17 am
yeah.
it isnt scary it all. It is just a really cool insect.
Strange.. but there is nothing creepy about it.
It looks like a walking pebble.. until you get up to it
but nothing at all creepy.
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Diane
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 09:17 am
Is this spider Vern or Princess.

Roger has missed Princess for a long, long time. There have been rumors that she stole a ton of money and escaped to Mexico. Roger, if this is Princess, at least you should be comforted by the fact that she has a good home with some very cool people. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that the shewolfnm's will help her escape if the Feds catch up with her there in Austin.
gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 09:18 am
I recall the time Chuck Jensen, from up the road, came down to visit me and as he was walking up the driveway a giant spider jumped out of the tree and landed on his chest. Chuck let out a scream and I told him to hold on while I grabbed my camera.

"Hurry up, Gus! This damn thing is crawling toward my head!"

I got back outside just as Chuck was peeling the spider from his chest. I snapped the picture....

http://www.nightmarefactory.com/Va511.jpg

Chuck threw the spider on the ground and my ol' hound dog scampered over and ate it in a matter of seconds.

The dog looked up at me and one of the spider's legs was sticking out of the corner of his mouth. It looked funny as hell, the dog staring at us with that spider leg still twitching. Finally the dog's tongue snared the leg and with a swift gulp it was gone.

Chuck and I went into the house and had a beer.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 09:34 am
Diane wrote:
Is this spider Vern or Princess.

Roger has missed Princess for a long, long time. There have been rumors that she stole a ton of money and escaped to Mexico. .


money? Shocked
I know nothing about that..
:: hiding large unmarked bags::
Nothing at all I tell ya.
Im just enjoying the spiders company.. thats all..
yeah...
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Diane
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 09:38 am
Oh yeah...just how many hidey holes do you have in your house????
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Diane
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 09:39 am
Oh man, did I leave myself open for a sarcastic remark or what? Go ahead ms wolf, give it your all, you know you want to...
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 09:39 am
1,24-... err... none?
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 09:41 am
shewolfnm wrote:
1,24-... err... none?


24!?!?!?! Wow.....Mr Wolf must have a hell of a time! Laughing
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