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Spiders

Post by shemp » Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:37 am

I like them. They kill insects. When I find a spider in my house I leave it alone, especially if it's got a few insect carcasses under its nest.

Tonight I came home to find a small spider has built a bit of a nest next to the kitchen sink, attached to some cutting boards I keep behind the toaster. I have an ant problem there, and the little fuckers laugh at my ant traps. But they don't laugh at the spider! He just set up shop and there's already three ant carcasses under his nest.

I think I'll let him stay awhile. He is my new friend.
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Re: Spiders

Post by ed » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:02 am

Like 'em too.

Did a study on tarantulas back in the day. They are admirable critters.
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Re: Spiders

Post by Witness » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:05 am

I have a kind of small jungle in my kitchen. On the lower level spiders of the Pholcus genus police the low-flying insects (even wasps). Here's a Pholcus:

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The higher levels are patrolled by Zebra spiders (Salticus scenicus):

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Re: Spiders

Post by ed » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:31 am

Nice.
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Re: Spiders

Post by shemp » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:41 am

I took a freshman entomology course in college (University of New Hampshire 1974). I learned that, for the most part, insects suck. Filthy disease carrying pieces of shit. I have no problem crushing them. Spiders and other arachnids deserve respect. I find myself fascinated with the Solifugae. Their pedipalps have almost evolved as a fifth pair of legs. Some species feed on snakes, lizards and rodents. Nasty fuckers. Gotta love them.
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Re: Spiders

Post by Witness » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:55 am

shemp wrote:
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Filthy disease carrying pieces of shit.

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Re: Spiders

Post by shemp » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:05 am

Buterflies are the worst! When you least expect it they'll eat you whole!
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Re: Spiders

Post by gnome » Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:26 am

I've mentioned before that mystiqalwolf has a spider phobia. However, in light of the benefits of cohabiting with spiders, we have a formal treaty with the spiders that we call the Accords.

1. No venomous spiders dangerous to humans shall live in the house.
2. No spiders with a legspan larger than a nickel shall live in the house.
3. No spiders of any size are allowed in the bedroom.
4. NO DANGLING!
5. No webs between furniture
6. No visible scurrying between spots -- they must stay discreet and move around when everyone's asleep if they must at all.

Violation of any of these accords are considered sufficient cause for removal and/or squishing at the discretion of the designated enforcer, me.
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Re: Spiders

Post by shemp » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:41 pm

My friend's kill count is now up to 8.
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Re: Spiders

Post by Witness » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:16 pm

Mating is serious business for spiders:


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Re: Spiders

Post by sparks » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:32 pm

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Re: Spiders

Post by Witness » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:06 am

Fish-eating spiders cover most of the world

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Spiders that prey on fish often more than twice their size live in every continent except Antarctica, a new study has found.

Researchers from Australia and Switzerland reviewed more than 80 reports of fish predation by semi-aquatic spiders.

They found spiders from up to eight taxonomic families attack fish, they report in the journal PLOS ONE.
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With the exception of the well-documented diving bell spider, which lives under water, the majority of fish-eating spiders are surface dwellers that are usually found around the edge of water bodies, which are typically rich in insect life.

"The spiders that live there are probably hunting for insects most of the time and occasionally, or quite frequently in the case of some families, they are hunting fish," Pusey says. "This requires a lot of flexibility in hunting strategy."
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"They just throw themselves down into the water to latch onto them. From the records that we've reviewed they then usually kill their prey with a bite at the base of the neck," says Pusey.

"There's a rich cocktail of neurotoxins in these spiders, some of them specific to vertebrate nervous systems, which is really interesting I think."

The spiders then haul their victim onto dry land and inject powerful digestive enzymes before eating dinner.
https://www.abc.net.au/science/articles ... 027820.htm

From the PLOS article (more pics):

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Re: Spiders

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:21 am

Spiders that prey on fish often more than twice their size live in every continent except Antarctica, a new study has found.
What size are they in Antarctica? Less than twice than their prey?

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Re: Spiders

Post by Bruce » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:32 am

Cellar spiders.

Not very pretty, but they eat carpenter ants. They hang out on the ceiling until a scout wanders by. They earn their keep.
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Re: Spiders

Post by Witness » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:02 am

Bruce wrote:
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Cellar spiders.
I looked it up, and they are none other than the Pholcus I blathered about.

What the French call "cellar spider" (araignée des caves) is Tegenaria domestica – your "hobo spider"–, which is way bigger, faster (when outside its net) and meaner-looking:

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In Autumn the males wander around in search of a fuck and so come into houses. About every second year one scares me by suddenly appearing on the wall next to my computer while I type surf the Net.

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Re: Spiders

Post by shuize » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:20 am

A few years ago I closed the storm shutters and met one of these fuckers at eye level a few inches from my face:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntsman_ ... _9923s.jpg

Wikipedia says they have an average leg span of six inches, but I'd swear the one that scared the shit out of me was closer to nine or ten.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntsman_spider

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Re: Spiders

Post by Witness » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:26 am

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