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April 16th, 2013

07:50 am - Spoof commercial
"Spiders on Drugs" Supposedly a wildlife commercial on Wood Spiders on drugs and their effects on psychoactive drugs.

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December 5th, 2011

03:03 pm - The Golden Orb Weaver
As a kid, even when I had a fear of spiders, the orb weaver ( any kind of orb weaver, from the garden spider variety to the beautiful species that I later saw in Kentucky and Florida) fascinated me. A true engineer of her sort, I would watch her spin her web for long periods of time. Sometimes as a kid I'd even catch flies or moths and throw them in her web. One time though I doubt the lady of the web appreciated this huge bug I threw in there and it wrecked half her web LOL. We had a lot of orb weavers in our yard when I was growing up but sadly, when the fruit fly infestation hit California, they put that melithian poison in the air and not only did the fruit flies disappear, so did many other beneficial bugs, including the spiders. One of the hugest orb weaver webs I saw was at this creek where I used to go swimming and I remember thinking, I could get stuck in that web. It had to be about three feet across.

Here's a beautiful Golden Orb weaver. I've seen these and the red and black variety when I lived briefly in Kentucky near a greenbelt and woods:

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August 16th, 2011

11:10 pm - Four unknown spiders
I am really bad at identifying spiders, so while I tried, I am not sure I named them right.

This huge one lives under the roof of our outhouse. It might be a "she" as there is a big web sack in a corner.
The closest by looks is a Phalangium opilio, but Wiki says they are not spiders and don't have silk glands, while this one has them and weaves a round web to hunt.

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Current Mood: confusedconfused

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May 2nd, 2011

11:08 am
Spring is finally here and spiders are starting to come out. This tiny one was hiding in a half-broken fence plank. It was really tiny - about 7mm (0.3 inch) and I have no idea what king of spider it is.


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March 4th, 2011

11:57 am - Spiders in Fuel Tanks
"Yellow Sac Spiders and Mazda Fuel Tanks" the weirdest product recall I've ever heard of.

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February 19th, 2011

12:27 am - Tailypo!

Aloha, Arachnids!

Just had an unexpected kitchen visit from the one spider I will not tolerate in the house; a female White-Tailed Spider (Lampona cylindrata), species of Sac Spider not uncommon here in Perth, West Australia.

The spiders themselves are not dangerously venomous. The danger is that some of them carry a bacteria on their fangs that, injected along with the venom, causes a condition known as Necrotizing Arachnidism- huge, open weeping sores that do not heal, and in some cases actively spread along the bitten area.  Coupled with the fact that L. cylindrata can drop suddenly from ceilings onto people passing underneath, and she was not staying in the house. Nabbed her with an old vegemite jar and put her in the park across the road. I think I accidentally mangled a couple of her legs, but she should be okay until she regrows them. L. Cylindrata often enter houses whilst hunting- they prey exclusively on other spiders, especially Red-Back Widows (Latrodectus hasselti) and Black House Spiders (Badumna insignis), which they wolf down like popcorn :)

The spider was far too strung out and aggressive to risk nabbing a photo, so here's a Wikipedia pic instead


Current Location: Web!
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Taylor Swift- You Belong with Me

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November 14th, 2010

04:50 pm - Can you guys help with identification?

I live in San Francisco Bay Area. While out cleaning the gutters yesterday, my mom found this spider on a web. The web was attached to the trunk of a small tree and the southeast corner of our house, a fairly damp, mid-level of light area.

It really freaked her out because she's never seen one this big in the garden before. We put it in a Rubbermaid to take a picture of it, but have since released it. We're hoping that it's not poisonous or problematic give that we released it.... When all curled up it was about the size of a quarter, and had about a two-inch "arm span" when we first spotted it on its web. Sorry for the bad quality of pictures; it was taken on my iPhone.

Any ideas? After looking on-line, I can't tell if it belongs to the Orb family or not.



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September 20th, 2010

08:56 am - Gigantic Spiders Web Discovered in Madagascar

Newly discovered species of spider with a flair for showy architecture. This is not one of the huge webs built by social spiders (eg Stegodyphus sp) but is spun by individual spiders, possibly as compensation for a tiny penis ;)

Current Location: web!
Current Mood: dorkydorky
Current Music: Don McClean, "Vincent"

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September 8th, 2010

01:43 pm - New member.
Hey everyone! I enjoy spiders (obviously haha). Glad to have found this community through a promotion in entomology.

Introduction and pictures... including pictures of a tarantula being eaten by another.Collapse )

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September 6th, 2010

09:56 am
Name: qzee
Age: 40 of this year
Location: Canada
What caused you to develop an interest in spiders? probably reading Charlotte's Web when I was a kid and just loving Charlotte.
What is your favorite type of spider? well Tarantulas are really interesting.
Where do you most often see spiders? In the wild? In your home? In captivity? In the wild and at home.
Do you keep any pet spiders? no, my cat seems to think spiders are prey so any spiders I see at home I have to try to save before she stalks and kills them.
Do you collect preserved (dead) spiders? no
Do you collect other spider items? I have a few books on entomology and one of them has a large section on spiders.
Do you create any spider art/writing/photography/etc? I did not know it existed, so no.
Favorite fictional spider? Charlotte
Have you ever obtained a superpower after been bitten by a spider? only for a few moments and it was the fairly useless super ability of being able to see as a spider does (kidding, though that would be cool)
Anything else to add? well alabastardragon mentioned Aragog/Charlotte are their favorite spiders and now I really, really want to write Aragog/Charlotte fanfic. Which is obviously weird, so I'll go off and do something else in an attempt to pretend to be normal.

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