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Title: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on October 23, 2008, 09:43:30 AM

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/10/22/easpider122.xml


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Oban on October 23, 2008, 09:50:48 AM
Awesome, thank you for the nightmares.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ookii on October 23, 2008, 09:54:50 AM
Spiders need their own thread because they aren't awesome, just really fucking scary.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on October 23, 2008, 10:29:45 AM
Awesome AND scary. I love that spider. You know he'll be down at the spider bar bragging and picking up the ladies.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NiX on October 23, 2008, 10:49:11 AM
Man, I see that picture and not even a minute later a spider comes crawling out from under my keyboard. Didn't help that when I turned over my keyboard it looked like the spider was trying to lay eggs on it. Now I'm bugging out. :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on October 23, 2008, 10:54:21 AM
Okay, I don't generally get overly creeped out by spiders (unless I have to, you know, kill them) - but what in the NAME OF SATAN is that monstrous thing that has somehow grabbed a huge fucking bird? 

I now have the willies.  Thank you.

Edit:  spelling.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: IainC on October 23, 2008, 11:01:39 AM
This is my spider theory. It has so far withstood significant peer review.

Spiders are actually the remnants of a prehistoric alien invasion force which is why they so often elicit revulsion and even fear - deep down our lizard brain knows they don't belong here. They came from another, much larger planet where creatures were much smaller, through some reconnaissance errors they ended up invading the Earth where they found that the dominant life forms were too large to eat/subjugate. Since then they have been reduced to a life of scuttling around and pretending they don't care.

Other members of the family arachnidae also arrived with the main invasion fleet. Scorpions for example are not creatures at all but are armoured fighting suits for spiders. If it were possible to cut one open without triggering the self-destruct systems, you'd find a spider in the central cockpit operating it like a machine.

Every so often you'll be walking down a street with fallen leaves being blown around and you'll see the occasional leaf moving in the opposite direction to the others, this is no leaf but a scout craft from the mothership trying to make contact with the beachhead.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tarami on October 23, 2008, 11:14:07 AM
:ye_gods:

Normally spiders don't really bother me at all, but the... fuck!

Now I'm bugging out.
:rimshot:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ookii on October 23, 2008, 11:21:16 AM

Ok let's play.  Take that.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tarami on October 23, 2008, 11:26:09 AM
I feel it's the wrong kind of awesome for this thread. GTFO!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ookii on October 23, 2008, 11:27:53 AM
I think spider pictures should be banned from the Internet.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: HaemishM on October 23, 2008, 11:37:31 AM
Yes, bitches.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on October 23, 2008, 11:54:56 AM
he'll be down at the spider bar bragging and picking up the ladies.

Yeah... picking them up by the head and wrapping them up for later!  :uhrr:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: MisterNoisy on October 23, 2008, 12:35:03 PM

Ok let's play.  Take that.

Heh.  I remember smashing a wolf spider with a dustpan when I was a kid and then freaking the hell out when a ton of baby spiders started running all over the place.  Good times.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on October 23, 2008, 01:14:44 PM
You're all a bunch of pansies.  Spiders are awesome!

Playing house:

Beautiful Pedipalps:

My friend picked me up a few weeks ago and had a jumping spider on my side.  It's amazing how they cover such large distances almost instantly.  I played with it a bit and herded it onto my shirt so it wouldn't be stuck in the car when I got out.  Then it did this bungie jump:  Lept out, legs splayed, while riding it's line down to the ground.  It looked totally bad ass.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on October 23, 2008, 01:20:15 PM
Um, those pictures continue to be NOT awesome.  Also, stop calling those creepy minions of Satan "beautiful".  There is nothing worse than hairy spiders that look like they are deep in thought.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lakov_Sanite on October 23, 2008, 02:03:45 PM

 :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on October 23, 2008, 02:07:11 PM
If I can become immune to his poison and/or his fangs aren't strong enough to pierce my skin I want him as a pet.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NiX on October 23, 2008, 02:11:39 PM
Now spider pictures infect this AND the funny pictures thread. Not fucking cool!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on October 23, 2008, 02:23:46 PM
I'm with Lantyssa, spiders rock.

Even the common ones we get in the UK are gorgeous:



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on October 23, 2008, 02:26:01 PM
Now spider pictures infect this AND the funny pictures thread. Not fucking cool!
Apropos with your avatar :)

Spiders rock!!  :drill:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: photek on October 23, 2008, 06:27:01 PM
Fuck you guys. Im never clicking spoilers in this thread again  :heartbreak:

Spiders are horrible, horrible creatures.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: stu on October 23, 2008, 08:41:59 PM
(http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff26/stuabrtow/spiderjerusalem.jpg)

Spider Jerusalem


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on October 23, 2008, 08:48:50 PM
The scariest spiders by far are the Northern Australian funnel webs, they are really fucking agressive I saw an awareness broadcast about not having enough antivenom when I was living in Oz the doctor was teasing one with a stick and the spider snapped the end off it with it's fangs. Hmm wonder if I can find it...nope but here's a nice closeup sweet dreams motherfuckers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkzlINZsXu8


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on October 23, 2008, 10:15:54 PM
Cool!  Funnel web spiders are one of the few I would not want to run into though.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on October 23, 2008, 10:30:35 PM
Imagine if they cross breeded with jumping spiders we'd all be fucked. :tinfoil:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on October 24, 2008, 12:15:06 AM
Man, I see that picture and not even a minute later a spider comes crawling out from under my keyboard. Didn't help that when I turned over my keyboard it looked like the spider was trying to lay eggs on it. Now I'm bugging out. :ye_gods:

Ok, I have checked my keyboard now. Three times so far. Thank you very much.  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: FatuousTwat on October 24, 2008, 02:38:06 AM
Man, I see that picture and not even a minute later a spider comes crawling out from under my keyboard. Didn't help that when I turned over my keyboard it looked like the spider was trying to lay eggs on it. Now I'm bugging out. :ye_gods:

Ok, I have checked my keyboard now. Three times so far. Thank you very much.  :ye_gods:
Huge fucking wolf spider did that the 2 days ago to me... Their pedipalps are almost as long as their legs, creepy.

Also, this time of years tons of European Garden Spiders invade my house, I have to watch out when I come out of my bedroom in the morning or I walk in to webs on the way to the bathroom.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on October 24, 2008, 03:00:30 AM
We've got a veg-cage in our garden, about 4m x 2m x 2m, netted off, to keep our cats from shitting around our veg, and sometimes there's more web than plant in there. Walking through it to get to the compost bin (which is itself home to some of the largest spiders I've ever seen wild in the UK) you have no choice but to get at least 4 webs right across the face.

I reckon some of those spiders have noticed my weekly trips with a bucket of stuff for the compost and have figured that if they manage to bag me they'll eat all through the winter.

I'll try and get some photos next week :)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tebonas on October 24, 2008, 03:17:41 AM
I love spiders. They eat all the insects I hate. Sady my sister has arachnophobia and lets my brother-in-law kill them whenever she sees one.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on October 24, 2008, 08:18:53 AM
I like nice, sensible European spiders. They kill insects and make pretty webs (some of them at least). They are also of a sensible size and can't kill me. Australia can fuck right off.

I met an Aussie once who had been bitten by a funnel web on his foot. Luckily for him he was in a swimming pool at the time so none of the venom actually got into it but he still had a scar on his foot from the fucking bite alone. Fuck that.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Murgos on October 24, 2008, 09:11:01 AM
WTF?  How do you get bit by a spider in the pool?  How the hell does that even happen?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on October 24, 2008, 09:19:37 AM
WTF?  How do you get bit by a spider in the pool?  How the hell does that even happen?

Um, well, if you were stupid like me and watched the video Amarr HM posted, you'd probably understand better.  That thing looked like it could follow you just about anywhere, and kick your ass into tomorrow.  Damn, I didn't realize how much spiders creeped me out until this thread happened.  Damn you people and you damned scary spiders.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on October 24, 2008, 09:29:31 AM
Yeah, some of the larger Aussie spiders can actually survive for a while in water, I think they manage to form a small air bubble and so keep breathing for a while. They just float in the water waiting for death, yours or theirs they care not which.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on October 24, 2008, 09:41:27 AM
you have no choice but to get at least 4 webs right across the face.
Walking stick, man! Pro tip: they're not for walking. They're for hitting things (and clearing webs).

I started a compost pile at my new house this year, hope to get a good start on a garden next year. Lots of spiders in the woods, but nothing huge. I had one about 1-1/2 inches long (body not legs) build a web in the hostas outside my bedroom, he hung right in the middle of the window. Fiancee hated it, but I figured he was my own personal anti-insect linebacker, last line of defense against backyard insects invading the house.

Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_spider


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on October 24, 2008, 10:05:15 AM
So I gotta ask.  What is funny about the yukky spider?  And did you realize that there is actually now a thread dedicated to all your spider posting needs?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: IainC on October 24, 2008, 11:11:38 AM
In South Africa we used to have these huge black chitinous spiders with yellow kneepads. We called them 'helicopter eating spiders' and they were fond of carrying their prey to somewhere dark and quiet to eat it - like your shoes for instance. I found one once that wasn't so much in my shoes as wearing my shoes. He must have been almost 14" across. They could also jump huge distances - you'd see one, then it would bunch up and simply disappear - and they clicked when they walked. Pretty much the complete package to drive your average arachnophobe over the edge.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: climbjtree on October 24, 2008, 11:17:33 AM
(http://teamgobi.com/news/wp-content/jsalpugedspider.jpg)

The Camel Spider. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camel_spider)

Here's a choice bit of info from Wikipedia:

Quote
They are fast on land compared to other invertebrates, the fastest can run perhaps 16 kilometers per hour (10 mph)...

...due to the strong muscles of their chelicerae, they can produce a proportionately large, ragged wound that is prone to infection.

This picture is not of a particularly large one, but they are out there. I'll try and find some of the pictures that I took of them last time I was overseas. We used to catch these and pit them against scorpions in mortal combat. We'd still kill the winner.

Fuck 'em both.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on October 24, 2008, 12:02:22 PM
These were my favorite as a kid.  Jewelled Spiders (http://www.spiderzrule.com/jewelspider.htm)

They have beautiful webs and are pretty small, usually being less than a centimeter across.  Their shells are hard, so it's possible to pick them up without any risk of a bite, though I never was when I let them walk on me.  I loved them in the back yard because they made these huge orb webs, with a little splash of color in the middle.

(http://www.spiderzrule.com/spiderphotos/jewelled%20spider_small.JPG)
(http://www.spiderzrule.com/spider806/IMG_1901a_small.jpg)
(http://www.spiderzrule.com/spider606/Jewel_small.JPG)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on October 24, 2008, 12:16:00 PM
Oh fuck camel spider, kill them with fire.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: stu on October 24, 2008, 12:31:11 PM
I caught a camel spider with my leatherman once. When chewing threw the tool didn't work, the spider bit off its leg and ran away. Creepy creepy creepy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccvn2dYTWDs


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on October 24, 2008, 01:22:13 PM
South Africa has too many danged spiders (http://www.spiderclub.co.za/Gallery.html)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mrbloodworth on October 24, 2008, 03:17:32 PM
This is my spider theory. It has so far withstood significant peer review.

Spiders are actually the remnants of a prehistoric alien invasion force which is why they so often elicit revulsion and even fear - deep down our lizard brain knows they don't belong here. They came from another, much larger planet where creatures were much smaller, through some reconnaissance errors they ended up invading the Earth where they found that the dominant life forms were too large to eat/subjugate. Since then they have been reduced to a life of scuttling around and pretending they don't care.

Other members of the family arachnidae also arrived with the main invasion fleet. Scorpions for example are not creatures at all but are armoured fighting suits for spiders. If it were possible to cut one open without triggering the self-destruct systems, you'd find a spider in the central cockpit operating it like a machine.

Every so often you'll be walking down a street with fallen leaves being blown around and you'll see the occasional leaf moving in the opposite direction to the others, this is no leaf but a scout craft from the mothership trying to make contact with the beachhead.

South Africa has too many danged spiders (http://www.spiderclub.co.za/Gallery.html)


I am now am a believer.

Also:

NSFW?



and:

(http://www.bebous.com/data/media/488/Spider_net.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Slyfeind on October 24, 2008, 03:27:21 PM
Lantyssa's spiders are the cutest things EVER. Like that one is playing peek-a-boo trying to get us to like her. Imagine her with a cute voice saying "peekie boo! I luv yoo!" ^_^

Scorpions don't make any sense to me. They're not even animals. They're just...WEAPONS. LOTS of weapons, each of which is deadly in its own right, and yet these creatures have tons of them all piled on top of each other. Your theory makes sense, Iain...except for baby scorpions. Scorpions are piles of weapons that give birth to baby piles of weapons. WTF?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tebonas on October 24, 2008, 03:31:59 PM
Biological weapons, grown like many other alien transportation devices, like Leviathans, Vorlon spacecrafts or Wraith hiveships.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mrbloodworth on October 24, 2008, 03:40:34 PM
or....


(http://i2.iofferphoto.com/img/item/311/658/26/o_LexxXXXXX.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on October 24, 2008, 03:41:42 PM
The lizard brain theory is interesting I'm sure there is some connection there because they truly trigger a deep phobic response. Maybe at some stage in our evolution process spiders were a threat to our overall survival.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: ahoythematey on October 24, 2008, 04:34:28 PM
You say that like they aren't now.  It's us or them, we cannot coexist.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on October 24, 2008, 07:58:14 PM
I never trust anything with more eyes than me.

Still the Crystal spider from the film Krull Is a really nice piece of work

(http://www.moviedeaths.com/images/grabs/krull-ynyr-4.jpg)

(http://www.moviedeaths.com/images/grabs/krull-ynyr-3.jpg)

(http://www.badmovies.org/movies/krull/krull7.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on October 24, 2008, 08:00:24 PM
omg if I ever see Velketor's Laberyinth again it'll be too soon


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hawkbit on October 24, 2008, 08:14:09 PM
This is my spider theory. It has so far withstood significant peer review.

Spiders are actually the remnants of a prehistoric alien invasion force which is why they so often elicit revulsion and even fear - deep down our lizard brain knows they don't belong here. They came from another, much larger planet where creatures were much smaller, through some reconnaissance errors they ended up invading the Earth where they found that the dominant life forms were too large to eat/subjugate. Since then they have been reduced to a life of scuttling around and pretending they don't care.

Other members of the family arachnidae also arrived with the main invasion fleet. Scorpions for example are not creatures at all but are armoured fighting suits for spiders. If it were possible to cut one open without triggering the self-destruct systems, you'd find a spider in the central cockpit operating it like a machine.

Every so often you'll be walking down a street with fallen leaves being blown around and you'll see the occasional leaf moving in the opposite direction to the others, this is no leaf but a scout craft from the mothership trying to make contact with the beachhead.

In an intro entomology class I took at Ohio State years ago, the TA said that if somewhere in the evolutionary cycle spiders had happened to grow to the size of small housecats, human beings would likely never have evolved at all because they would have been food sources.  Cat-sized spider?  holy shit. 


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: squirrel on October 24, 2008, 11:14:38 PM
The scariest spiders by far are the Northern Australian funnel webs, they are really fucking agressive I saw an awareness broadcast about not having enough antivenom when I was living in Oz the doctor was teasing one with a stick and the spider snapped the end off it with it's fangs. Hmm wonder if I can find it...nope but here's a nice closeup sweet dreams motherfuckers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkzlINZsXu8

I came very close to stepping on one at a surf club in Cairns. It was raining and he was hiding out under a picnic bench in the smoking area. Someone pointed him out and I jumped 10 fucking feet.

I hate spiders.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on October 25, 2008, 12:59:27 AM
Fuck yah man and the further north you go the more venomous they are so he would have pwned you I never managed to see one thank fuck. But I had a similar runin with a redback who landed on my arm as I was sitting talking to a few fellow travellers in Byron Bay. I initially froze and thought about it for a few seconds then deftly flicked him off, little fucker threw out a line and was doing a u-turn back to my arm, causing me to panic and jump around I don't like em much either.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on October 25, 2008, 01:13:23 AM
see, that right there is fucked up. you tried to flick him off, but he tethered himself to you and bungie-jumped his ass back at you. it just ain't right.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Fordel on October 25, 2008, 07:33:16 AM
This is why I live where it's cold and it snows. Kills off all the serious bugs for the most part!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on October 25, 2008, 10:26:01 AM
Yeh Irelands great for that, living in Australia was like living with the sword of Damocles hanging by a single thread..either that or I smoked too much weed  :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on October 25, 2008, 10:50:10 AM
you have no choice but to get at least 4 webs right across the face.
Walking stick, man! Pro tip: they're not for walking. They're for hitting things (and clearing webs).

Good call, I could actually do with a walking stick for walking too atm!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: climbjtree on October 25, 2008, 11:25:50 AM
I never trust anything with more eyes than me.

Yeah, so that means all your four-eyed f13'ers too!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on October 25, 2008, 06:03:20 PM
I never trust anything with more eyes than me.

Yeah, so that means all your four-eyed f13'ers too!

I have 4 eyes...  :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on October 25, 2008, 10:11:26 PM
Don't lose an eye, or you'll be very distrustful.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Strazos on October 26, 2008, 02:02:52 PM
I fucking HATE spiders. HATE HATE HATE. Also, snakes.

At least in NJ anything more than a daddylonglegs is fairly rare.

I wish all insects and arachnids a swift death and extinction.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tebonas on October 26, 2008, 03:28:49 PM
While you waste energy hating them, they only wait dispassionately until they are large enough so that you can be reclassified as foodsource.

Thats why they will win, no errors due to emotions. Just waiting and growing...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on October 26, 2008, 06:38:46 PM
Thats why I hate finding a shed exoskeleton. I know that somewhere out there is a bigger and better spider. Probably right behind me.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on October 27, 2008, 08:37:35 AM
This reminds me that you are (statistically) never more than 3 meters (roughly 9 feet?) away from a spider, wherever your are.

Also there are round about 200 spiders in or around a typically European flat.  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on October 27, 2008, 12:44:26 PM
I remember one time I went into an outhouse at the end of winter and the walls were covered with desicated husks of spiders. There were one 2 spiders left, on opposite walls. They had all gone in there to slwwp out the winter and had fed off one another in the cold dark months... I felt like saying "there can be only one"


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mrbloodworth on October 27, 2008, 12:58:45 PM

(http://www.spiderzrule.com/spider606/Jewel_small.JPG)


Dude. (http://www.zeldawiki.org/images/4/43/TektiteRed_ALttP.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on October 27, 2008, 05:36:15 PM
This reminds me that you are (statistically) never more than 3 meters (roughly 9 feet?) away from a spider, wherever your are.

Also there are round about 200 spiders in or around a typically European flat.  :ye_gods:

We have loads and loads of spiders here, yeah. On the plus side, my apartment is free of non-spider bugs pretty much completely. On the minus side, I just found a big fat black widow on my patio while cleaning yesterday. Been a while since I had seen one, this one was probably about as big across as a nickel when you include the legs, I freaking hate those things. Regular house spiders don't bug me at all, but I could do without black widows. Luckily we don't *seem* to have any indoors. I do worry what we'll find when we eventually move and have to go into the back recesses of closets that haven't been touched in years though.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: KallDrexx on October 27, 2008, 08:51:20 PM
The scariest spiders by far are the Northern Australian funnel webs, they are really fucking agressive I saw an awareness broadcast about not having enough antivenom when I was living in Oz the doctor was teasing one with a stick and the spider snapped the end off it with it's fangs. Hmm wonder if I can find it...nope but here's a nice closeup sweet dreams motherfuckers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkzlINZsXu8
[/quote

jesus, that's one aggressive fucker


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on October 28, 2008, 03:43:55 PM
I fucking HATE spiders. HATE HATE HATE. Also, snakes.

At least in NJ anything more than a daddylonglegs is fairly rare.

I wish all insects and arachnids a swift death and extinction.

We have plenty of Black Widows and Wolf Spiders here in Jersey.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on October 28, 2008, 04:09:27 PM
Black Widows are all over the US now, I think.  The Pine Barrens have plenty of wolf spiders, Black Widows and Brown Recluses.  WATCH OUT SCREAM RUN RUN!!!! 
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1386/1120991317_ce2aec27f6.jpg)
Oh hai.  Plz don't kill me.  I'm sweet and hairy and probably won't bite you much.  I'm unlikely to be a Brown Recluse so you might not even rot to death.  Still, like the title says - I'm Awesome!




Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tebonas on October 28, 2008, 04:38:01 PM
The spider looks sad. What did you do to it? Were pink ribbons involved?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on October 28, 2008, 06:46:43 PM
I didn't do it.  It wasn't me. 


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Slyfeind on October 28, 2008, 07:27:12 PM
It looks like she's sad :( cause people are afraid of her and now she doesn't have any friends to play with :( :( :(


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on October 28, 2008, 07:43:30 PM
Awww. =(

I'll play with you little spider.  Peek-a-boo-boo-boo!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on October 28, 2008, 07:45:52 PM
(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd50/jam3ie/spideribbons.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on October 28, 2008, 07:55:17 PM
or.....


(http://www.bagsnob.com/images/chewbacca.jpg) + (http://imgsrv.923krock.com/image/wfny3/UserFiles/Image/news_images/Greedo.jpg) = (http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1386/1120991317_ce2aec27f6.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on October 29, 2008, 07:48:05 AM
You just don't even realise how adorable that spider is with pink ribbons!  I name her Sally.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on October 29, 2008, 09:37:29 AM

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1386/1120991317_ce2aec27f6.jpg)
(http://archive.gulfnews.com/images/07/05/07/08_tb_star_wars_jabba_5.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on October 29, 2008, 12:12:44 PM

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1386/1120991317_ce2aec27f6.jpg)
(http://archive.gulfnews.com/images/07/05/07/08_tb_star_wars_jabba_5.jpg)


 :rofl: Omg that's uncanny.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tige on October 29, 2008, 12:15:57 PM
NVM


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Yegolev on October 29, 2008, 10:22:42 PM
(http://dl-client.getdropbox.com/u/85916/awesome_spider.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Fraeg on November 03, 2008, 06:09:07 PM
that was a face hugger if i ever saw one.



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: climbjtree on November 07, 2008, 11:17:33 PM
Play with a spider! (http://www.onemotion.com/flash/spider/)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on November 07, 2008, 11:58:44 PM
Those sliders are a nice touch.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Oban on November 08, 2008, 12:50:47 AM

Edit by Trippy: no it's not


Poopy head.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Strazos on November 08, 2008, 02:24:42 AM
Ugh, so happy I've never encountered a wolf spider. I might seriously be arachnophobic.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on November 08, 2008, 11:00:24 AM
Ugh, so happy I've never encountered a wolf spider. I might seriously be arachnophobic.

My mother cured her fear of spiders by forcing herself to watch "Arachnaphobia" She wound up feeling sorry for the killer spider at the end.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Strazos on November 08, 2008, 11:51:44 AM
See, that movie doesn't do a whole lot for me. Just seemed really cheesy.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Samwise on November 08, 2008, 11:06:27 PM
I was never scared of spiders until I saw Arachnophobia at the age of eight.  I don't think I realized at the time that it was a comedy.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: schild on November 09, 2008, 03:04:48 AM
I was never scared of spiders until I saw Arachnophobia at the age of eight.  I don't think I realized at the time that it was a comedy.

No child did. Goddamn, it probably scarred a shitload of kids.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Morfiend on November 09, 2008, 03:14:18 AM
I was never scared of spiders until I saw Arachnophobia at the age of eight.  I don't think I realized at the time that it was a comedy.

No child did. Goddamn, it probably scarred a shitload of kids.

About half way through that movie, it triggered arachnophobia in me, and I have had it ever since. No joke. I used to have a big ass tarantula as a pet, ever since seeing that movie, I scream like a little girl if a spider gets on me.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: SurfD on November 09, 2008, 12:20:00 PM
I was never scared of spiders until I saw Arachnophobia at the age of eight.  I don't think I realized at the time that it was a comedy.

No child did. Goddamn, it probably scarred a shitload of kids.

About half way through that movie, it triggered arachnophobia in me, and I have had it ever since. No joke. I used to have a big ass tarantula as a pet, ever since seeing that movie, I scream like a little girl if a spider gets on me.
Watch Eight Legged Freaks. That stands a good chance of reversing the effect right there.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Big Gulp on November 09, 2008, 02:05:28 PM
The scariest spiders by far are the Northern Australian funnel webs

I watch a lot of nature TV, and over the years that has taught me that:

A) Australia is a continent completely under Satan's dominion.

B) If I ever had to go there I wouldn't go without an environmentally sealed armored exoskeleton.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Jimbo on November 09, 2008, 04:59:56 PM
Some of the troops found a tarantula when I was stationed down in Panama.  The two guys were keeping it in a cage and feeding it insects, it was a kinda docile blue-ish/blond-ish-fuzzywuzzy slow thing.  He did eat up the crickets, would jump on them and suck them up.  The two troops who had him, went to the library to see what else they eat, and found the some eat mice.  Well they caught a mouse, and the mouse ate the tarantula.  Go figure...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Big Gulp on November 09, 2008, 08:31:53 PM
Some of the troops found a tarantula when I was stationed down in Panama.  The two guys were keeping it in a cage and feeding it insects, it was a kinda docile blue-ish/blond-ish-fuzzywuzzy slow thing.  He did eat up the crickets, would jump on them and suck them up.  The two troops who had him, went to the library to see what else they eat, and found the some eat mice.  Well they caught a mouse, and the mouse ate the tarantula.  Go figure...

An old sergeant major of mine would tell us stories about his unit in Panama bivouacking in a banana grove and occassionally feeling banana spiders crawl over them in the middle of the night.  Fuck that, I'll take actually being shot at to being part of a spider freeway.  Worst I ever saw were camel spiders, and unlike that one picture that circulated around the internet at the beginning of the war they're not really that big.  Big enough, though.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Jimbo on November 10, 2008, 05:05:03 AM
Some of the troops found a tarantula when I was stationed down in Panama.  The two guys were keeping it in a cage and feeding it insects, it was a kinda docile blue-ish/blond-ish-fuzzywuzzy slow thing.  He did eat up the crickets, would jump on them and suck them up.  The two troops who had him, went to the library to see what else they eat, and found the some eat mice.  Well they caught a mouse, and the mouse ate the tarantula.  Go figure...

An old sergeant major of mine would tell us stories about his unit in Panama bivouacking in a banana grove and occassionally feeling banana spiders crawl over them in the middle of the night.  Fuck that, I'll take actually being shot at to being part of a spider freeway.  Worst I ever saw were camel spiders, and unlike that one picture that circulated around the internet at the beginning of the war they're not really that big.  Big enough, though.
It wasn't the spiders or the damn howler monkeys (did he mention those crazy monkeys are territoral and will chase humans and throw shit and stuff at them?), it was the damn scorpions and fire ants!  Those fuckers were every where.  We had one sneak into the clinic and bite my buddy Darrin's foot when he was changed into scrubs and went to change back and didn't shake his boot...needles to say we all stayed on bug patrol for a long time.  I got bit up playing paintball on one of the 'zonies' homes.  Damn place I picked to go prone was a fire ant home...

It was still one of the most beautiful country I have visited, with only a couple of deadly fauna, unlike NZ/A which has all kinds of crap to kill ya, but such a temptation of boobies, bbq, and beaches.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on November 11, 2008, 06:16:31 AM
I was under the impression the most dangerous creature in New Zealand were the natives, they also have deadly things?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on November 11, 2008, 07:03:51 AM
I want to live in NZ but only because I love Rugby.  I want the All Blacks to be my home team.  I  :heart: All Blacks!

Dance, All Blacks, Dance!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on November 11, 2008, 09:36:36 AM
Dance, All Blacks, Dance!

You know in some situations you get in trouble for shouting that. Also I love NZ's team naming system as it resulted in the awesomest badminton team ever: The Black cocks.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on November 11, 2008, 12:27:23 PM

Dance, All Blacks, Dance!

You know in some situations you get in trouble for shouting that. Also I love NZ's team naming system as it resulted in the awesomest badminton team ever: The Black cocks.

I may have misunderstood something in this thread, but I'm pretty sure that Signe loves The Black Cocks.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Riggswolfe on November 14, 2008, 04:58:30 PM
Ever since a Brown Recluse took a chunk of flesh out of me I show no quarter to spiders. Period. It has also turned me into one hell of an arachnaphobe.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on November 14, 2008, 10:58:43 PM
I can see that happening after a recluse bite.  Can't fault you for that one.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Riggswolfe on November 17, 2008, 04:24:15 PM
I can see that happening after a recluse bite.  Can't fault you for that one.

Let's just say I didn't know what packing a wound was until later. I thought it was anything but sticking gauze into a hole in my flesh with an oversized q-tip.

I was wrong.

Edit: And I forgot to mention that the little SOB also shot staph straight into my veins. For about 6 months after the bite I'd get weird staph infections. Like the one under my armpit where I had to tell my boss I was under doctor's orders to avoid deodorant. In the summer. Needless to say I was banished to my office and not allowed to do face-to-face work with our users. (I'm in IT)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on November 17, 2008, 06:11:37 PM
I can see that happening after a recluse bite.  Can't fault you for that one.

Let's just say I didn't know what packing a wound was until later. I thought it was anything but sticking gauze into a hole in my flesh with an oversized q-tip.

I was wrong.

Edit: And I forgot to mention that the little SOB also shot staph straight into my veins. For about 6 months after the bite I'd get weird staph infections. Like the one under my armpit where I had to tell my boss I was under doctor's orders to avoid deodorant. In the summer. Needless to say I was banished to my office and not allowed to do face-to-face work with our users. (I'm in IT)

You'd have fit in nicely with our offshore team.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Riggswolfe on November 18, 2008, 01:48:12 PM
You'd have fit in nicely with our offshore team.

I hated it because I am a very clean person and I found it quite embarassing to be that rank. Luckily it lasted only a week or so but it was still horrible. My own gf (she's my wife now so she must be forgiving) wouldn't let me hug her. Even the family dog gave me that look that only a dog can give. "I eat shit but damn...you stink."


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: trias_e on November 20, 2008, 10:02:06 AM
Quote
Ever since a Brown Recluse took a chunk of flesh out of me I show no quarter to spiders. Period. It has also turned me into one hell of an arachnaphobe.

Kicking harmless spiders out just leaves room for dangerous ones to move in IMO.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on November 20, 2008, 11:07:28 PM
Spider missing on space station (http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=78bc6c1e-11ad-4305-807d-c5298be50af6) :drill:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on November 20, 2008, 11:11:23 PM
hitched a ride back to the mothership, it seems.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: stu on November 21, 2008, 12:33:28 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_N3xCQapEg


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on November 21, 2008, 03:10:59 AM
So now I'm curious what the many theories are regarding the insect world turning on man. I get this picture in my head of a couple of guys wearing lab coats and smoking weed in a room going, "Oh man, what if like, sea otters turned on man!" and then scribbling down some bizarre notes and sets of stick man figures. Then they publish them in an academic journal called something like The American Journal of Zoological Warfare and this crazy woman reads their latest article 'A Case for making dogs a naval force'.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: IainC on November 21, 2008, 05:16:47 AM
Spider missing on space station (http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=78bc6c1e-11ad-4305-807d-c5298be50af6) :drill:


Yeah, someone should tell NASA that if you put two spiders in one box, you will have either one fat spider or two dead ones before very long.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Fordel on November 21, 2008, 06:35:39 AM
Spider missing on space station (http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=78bc6c1e-11ad-4305-807d-c5298be50af6) :drill:


Yeah, someone should tell NASA that if you put two spiders in one box, you will have either one fat spider or two dead ones before very long.

Well MOST (http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/giant-spider-community-in-texas-of-course/) of the time.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on November 21, 2008, 07:37:45 AM
Jesus christ.

(http://startelegram.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/08/29/12114802_h12780903_2.jpg)

Jesus fucking christ. That belongs in the awesome pics thread for sure  :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on November 21, 2008, 09:25:06 AM
Oh look, nightmares from last night are in this thread.   :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on November 21, 2008, 12:28:39 PM
Are those spider webs or something like tent caterpillars?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on November 21, 2008, 12:35:31 PM
It's from Fordel's link, it's a giant spider community in Texas.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on November 21, 2008, 12:47:50 PM
It's from Fordel's link, it's a giant spider community in Texas.

They have communities organizers as well? Spider Queen 2012 here we come!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on November 21, 2008, 02:15:26 PM
Well MOST (http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/giant-spider-community-in-texas-of-course/) of the time.
It was as if a million buzzes cried out and then were suddenly silenced.

Go spiders!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on November 21, 2008, 02:22:30 PM
Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haf3X5i7XEI)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on November 24, 2008, 02:35:22 AM
Fuck that. I'll need flamethrowers. With lots of spare tanks.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on November 24, 2008, 06:05:21 AM
Apparently, from the vid, that sprung-up overnight.  That makes it even creepier.  However, if your first reaction is to look around for the GIANT spider that spun that web instead of thinking that somehow hundreds of spiders had spun it, you've probably watched too many horror movies.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Riggswolfe on November 24, 2008, 08:23:54 AM
Apparently, from the vid, that sprung-up overnight.  That makes it even creepier.  However, if your first reaction is to look around for the GIANT spider that spun that web instead of thinking that somehow hundreds of spiders had spun it, you've probably watched too many horror movies.

What worries me is those spiders that spun that web normally eat each other. But now they're cooperating.

On a semi-serious note, I have a small open spot on my old brown recluse bite spot that's opened. Do you guys think it's just a coincidence? It's been over a year since the bite, but I've heard rumors that the venom can reactivate.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on November 24, 2008, 08:52:23 AM
No, its probably just now that the eggs are getting ready to hatch is all. nothing to worry about.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on November 24, 2008, 10:09:44 AM
Watch out, a Predator might show up to hunt it.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: stu on November 24, 2008, 10:54:38 AM
Maybe you're growing a vagina.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on November 24, 2008, 11:08:04 AM
As always, especially with a board full of smart-asses, it is best to consult with a medical professional.

My money is on new spawn eating Riggs from the inside out.  I'll make a side bet on him being tagged by a Predator.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on November 24, 2008, 01:27:25 PM
Hm. Riggs, predators....better call in Danny Glover.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Riggswolfe on November 24, 2008, 01:36:49 PM
In a round about way the name Riggs came from Lethal Weapon. The wolfe part is connected as well. See, I was in college making a character for the old Star Wars roleplaying game. As usual I got stuck on the name and was thinking while staring off into space. I asked my room mate what a good name was. He was watching Lethal Weapon and right as I asked was the moment when Danny Glover yells "Riggs!" as Mel Gibson takes off running down the street to catch the bad guys.

I took it as a sign.



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on November 24, 2008, 02:37:04 PM
The scariest spiders by far are the Northern Australian funnel webs, they are really fucking agressive I saw an awareness broadcast about not having enough antivenom when I was living in Oz the doctor was teasing one with a stick and the spider snapped the end off it with it's fangs. Hmm wonder if I can find it...nope but here's a nice closeup sweet dreams motherfuckers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkzlINZsXu8

Why worry about the Northern Funnel Web? It lives in less populated areas, so doesn't get to kill people.

The Sydney Funnel Web, which is roughly same as the Northern, is what you want to worry about. As the name suggests, they live right here in suburban Sydney. We had a backyard swimming pool where I grew up and it became routine to walk around the pool before swimming, to check for Funnel Webs in air pockets on the bottom.

They were uncommon to find, but easy to deal with - their responses were slow from being in the cold water, so I just scooped them out with a net and smashed them with a shoe.

But the best story was when my great-aunt came to visit from Scotland and a Funnel Web crawled into her room (only one I've ever seen indoors). My mum's technique for killing spiders was to drop a large book on them. So when she said "I'll just go get the cookery book", my great-aunt thought we were going to eat it.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hindenburg on November 24, 2008, 03:54:44 PM
As always, especially with a board full of smart-asses, it is best to consult with a medical professional.

Think Nebu is a doctor, hence pix plz.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Fordel on November 25, 2008, 06:19:43 AM
Fuck that. I'll need flamethrowers. With lots of spare tanks.



Kill it with fire! was pretty much my reaction when I first read about it.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Bandit on November 27, 2008, 11:39:28 AM
Effects of various drugs on the wood spider (watch till end)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhTjifulPB8


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on November 29, 2008, 12:49:19 PM
Here's one I ran across while visiting Pennsylvania.  I have no clue what it is, other than big.

(http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/344/spider01zu0.jpg)

And in case I was unclear about the big part, I got a close-up.

(http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/4705/spider02cy9.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Yegolev on December 01, 2008, 08:49:16 AM
Pennsylvania sucks.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on December 01, 2008, 10:30:07 AM
Seriously, it isn't possible to look at some of these spider pics and not come to the conclusion that there is an evil force at work in this universe.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: angry.bob on December 01, 2008, 11:10:29 AM
Kitsune, you should send those pictures to What's That Bug.com (http://www.whatsthatbug.com/) and see if they can identify it. I've started to see them here and there in Ohio too, never having seen them here before. Since they're not widows and probably not a recluse they shouldn't be medically significant - but I'm curious as to what they are. I almost submitted myself, but thought it would be rude of me to send them your pictures.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on December 01, 2008, 11:42:36 PM
Okay, I sent out the pictures, we'll see what they say.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: MrHat on December 05, 2008, 11:36:16 AM
Okay, I sent out the pictures, we'll see what they say.

If this comes back as unidentified, we have problems.

That shit looks straight out of scifi.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Riggswolfe on December 15, 2008, 11:07:16 AM
As always, especially with a board full of smart-asses, it is best to consult with a medical professional.

My money is on new spawn eating Riggs from the inside out.  I'll make a side bet on him being tagged by a Predator.

Well, it's mostly passed now. Basically some skin came off and it's rehealed. An EMT friend of mine said it's probably the staph poking me a little since it can stay in your system for a long time.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on December 15, 2008, 07:20:35 PM
Kitsune:

That's a male orb weaver of some kind (the females are the ones with the big round abdomens.)

Internets example: http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/image/68061658

I suspect that's a female of the same kind that you took a picture of? My spider-fu is not all that strong.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on December 18, 2008, 04:19:17 PM
Good call, Ingmar.  Googling around Araneus sp. brought forth a goodly number of pictures of spiders like the fellow I saw.  So, orb weaver, harmless.  Given that it wasn't a brown recluse or a black widow, I didn't figure that it was dangerous; the US is blessedly short in dangerous bugs.  But my philosophy with bitey or stingy things is to avoid pissing them off, so you wouldn't see me poking a big spider, even one that I knew couldn't cause serious injury.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on December 19, 2008, 12:54:50 AM
Unless it was one that had been hideously, but invisibly, mutated by exposure to radiation/oestrogens/Oprah/etc and you have yet to show the symptoms of impending development of superhuman abilities  :drill:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mrbloodworth on January 14, 2009, 05:50:34 PM
The wood spider! (http://video.yahoo.com/watch/1460660/4992876)   :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Fordel on January 14, 2009, 07:53:34 PM
That Glorious  :heart:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on January 14, 2009, 09:19:21 PM
The wood spider! (http://video.yahoo.com/watch/1460660/4992876)   :awesome_for_real:
The "caffeine" one was hilarious.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mrbloodworth on January 15, 2009, 02:33:42 PM
The wood spider! (http://video.yahoo.com/watch/1460660/4992876)   :awesome_for_real:
The "caffeine" one was hilarious.


I know! i was laying in my hammock all day watching him!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: K9 on April 19, 2009, 03:04:41 PM
(http://www.filedump.net/dumped/theguinnessbug18550124007690841240173055.jpg)

They've just discovered this bad boy infesting hop farms in Ireland, apparently it's a previously unknown species.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: ahoythematey on April 19, 2009, 03:15:44 PM
nonononononononononono

why do I continue looking at this thread?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: FatuousTwat on April 19, 2009, 05:49:12 PM
I think it just spontaneously appeared out of the ether. It is the precursor to an INVASION!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lucas on April 19, 2009, 08:06:27 PM
Greetings adventurer!

Our crops have recently been ruined by scary-looking spiders! I swear neither me or my wife Laureen have ever seen anything like that, and we have lived out here for our entire life!

Please, can you get rid of them? We are not rich, but I'm sure we'll be able to reward you with something!
-----------

Kill Ethereal Spiders 0/15

Your Reward:

5 Carrots
10 Water Flasks
1 Farmer Leather Leggings
1 Farmer Cloth Shoes

---

I know, I know...Bioware Austin needs me  :awesome_for_real: :heart:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on April 20, 2009, 02:19:14 AM
See that? ^ That thing up there? Fuck that. Spiders make me all Arthur Parker. You will never convince me those things actually belong on this planet. I'm fairly sure they arrived on the meteor that killed off the dinosaurs. (It was actually one of their space stations.)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: IainC on April 20, 2009, 02:30:41 AM
See that? ^ That thing up there? Fuck that. Spiders make me all Arthur Parker. You will never convince me those things actually belong on this planet. I'm fairly sure they arrived on the meteor that killed off the dinosaurs. (It was actually one of their space stations.)

I refer you to my spider theory on page 1 of this thread (http://forums.f13.net/index.php?topic=15067.msg533604#msg533604).


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Broughden on April 20, 2009, 09:03:05 AM
The purple spikes on its front legs are awesome. Makes it all stabby!  :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on April 20, 2009, 10:13:22 AM
Yeah, he's cool! All armored looking, like it's all desert storm on your sorry unarmored ass and open up a whole can of purple spikey whupass.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on April 25, 2009, 05:21:55 PM
Got this guy while I was at the zoo today.

(http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/704172/April%2024th%20Zoo%20Photos%20073.jpg)

Ed: hey I resized it to a decent forum size. yay me.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on April 26, 2009, 11:50:16 AM
Oh that's gorgeous. How big was it?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on April 26, 2009, 11:55:48 AM
Not nearly as big as the picture makes it out to be.  She was only about 4 inches across, leg tip to leg tip.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on April 27, 2009, 06:56:34 AM
She was only about 4 inches across, leg tip to leg tip.

Only?  ONLY??

I think 4 inches doesn't mean what you think it means.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: IainC on April 27, 2009, 07:01:45 AM
She was only about 4 inches across, leg tip to leg tip.

Only?  ONLY??

I think 4 inches doesn't mean what you think it means.
It only counts as a big spider if its legs would stick out of both sides of a sandwich.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Jeff Kelly on April 27, 2009, 07:10:26 AM
That's the Australian definition of a big spider, isn't it?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on April 27, 2009, 08:05:25 AM
For a spider to count as big in Australia you have to use a 4WD to run it over rather than a regular car.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on April 27, 2009, 10:05:51 AM
I thought all vehicles in Australia were 4WD!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on April 27, 2009, 10:12:41 AM
She was only about 4 inches across, leg tip to leg tip.

Only?  ONLY??

I think 4 inches doesn't mean what you think it means.

Bahh, ya pansy.   It's not much bigger than those black and yellow garden spiders that are common in the midwest.  Although I may have misjudged the size. It might have only been 3 to 3 1/2 inches as the body was only about an inch to inch and a half long.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on April 27, 2009, 10:19:18 AM
Got this guy while I was at the zoo today.

(http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/704172/April%2024th%20Zoo%20Photos%20073.jpg)

Ed: hey I resized it to a decent forum size. yay me.

Oh my god! Kill it with Napalm. Jeebus.

I didn't used to fear spiders. Then i was bit by a black widow while doing some plumbing work. As far as I'm concerned spiders can be wiped off the face of the planet.

P.S. For some reason the purple spike thingy spider doesn't freak me out, probably some sort of psychic thing to lull me into a false sense of security before the invasion begins.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on April 27, 2009, 10:29:34 AM
Good luck ever feeling safe at the beach again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuPStWFnHmY&NR=1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuPStWFnHmY&NR=1)


Because I like to torture myself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2gi0Tan5Wc&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2gi0Tan5Wc&feature=related)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PadauuWF94w&NR=1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PadauuWF94w&NR=1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv7YSEIOxwo&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv7YSEIOxwo&feature=related)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxbuysNGLOM&feature=channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxbuysNGLOM&feature=channel)







Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on April 27, 2009, 10:51:52 AM
Why oh WHY do I keep coming back to this thread?  Sitting here from the relative safety of my office cubicle, and I've got a case of the willies.  Or perhaps I'm not safe at all, may there is some new kind of color-shifting chameleon-like spider crawling up my pant leg.  If Satan were to take some sort of earthly form to devour our soles, surely he would be much like that sand spider thingy.  God fucking damn.

And hey Mr. Grasshopper!  When scary ass spider lunges at you at FTL speeds and you somehow get away?  Don't be going back over to his ass you stupid fucking idiot!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hindenburg on April 27, 2009, 11:03:40 AM
Hrm. They inhabit south america.Time to follow Yukio Mishima.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on April 27, 2009, 11:20:59 AM
I found a cool spider in my ceiling tiles yesterday. Wish I had more time to check him out. At first I thought he was an old dead spider cocooned into a crevice between tiles, so I casually bumped him with the can I was holding and he dropped onto my hand. Not wanting to get bit, I flicked him onto the floor and he moved amazingly fast into another crevice I couldn't get to.

I cheered him on, those dudes eat ants and I've got carpenter ants coming in now. I cheer when I find a little ant cocoon, so awesome! Git 'em boys!

The fiancee noticed an attack spider (not web-based) in the living room. She pointed him out to me, I went over and checked him out, sat down again. "Aren't you going to kill him?" she asked. "You don't see any ants over there, do you?" I replied.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: K9 on April 27, 2009, 11:23:54 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv7YSEIOxwo&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv7YSEIOxwo&feature=related)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxbuysNGLOM&feature=channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxbuysNGLOM&feature=channel)

The narrator in these two really irritated me. The video of the golden orb spider was definitely the most creepy, although the tarantula wasn't that bad. I have come to the conclusion that hairy spiders just aren't as frightening nor evil looking as the spindly, hairless ones.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on April 27, 2009, 07:07:13 PM
(http://www.filedump.net/dumped/theguinnessbug18550124007690841240173055.jpg)

They've just discovered this bad boy infesting hop farms in Ireland, apparently it's a previously unknown species.

That's not a spider, its an amblypygid.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Johny Cee on April 27, 2009, 07:36:13 PM
I found a cool spider in my ceiling tiles yesterday. Wish I had more time to check him out. At first I thought he was an old dead spider cocooned into a crevice between tiles, so I casually bumped him with the can I was holding and he dropped onto my hand. Not wanting to get bit, I flicked him onto the floor and he moved amazingly fast into another crevice I couldn't get to.

I cheered him on, those dudes eat ants and I've got carpenter ants coming in now. I cheer when I find a little ant cocoon, so awesome! Git 'em boys!

The fiancee noticed an attack spider (not web-based) in the living room. She pointed him out to me, I went over and checked him out, sat down again. "Aren't you going to kill him?" she asked. "You don't see any ants over there, do you?" I replied.

Hmm.

It's almost time for the fucking centipedes to start showing up.  Those fuckers will die.

(http://images.whatsthatbug.com/images/house_centipede_vegetarian.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: FatuousTwat on April 27, 2009, 08:06:34 PM
amblypygid.

I have no problem with spiders, in fact I feed them nuisance bugs all the time, but seriously... FUCK THOSE THINGS.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on April 28, 2009, 01:01:52 AM
OK, I have to admit that my appreciation of spiders and other insect-like things is being stretched to the limit by this thread  :uhrr:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on April 28, 2009, 10:34:53 AM
It's almost time for the fucking centipedes to start showing up.  Those fuckers will die.
In theory I love them. They're awesome beasts, and fast as hell.

But they are on the KOS rule, unfortunately. They do freak me out as spiders do not.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: K9 on April 28, 2009, 10:44:59 AM
It's a shame ants are on your KOS list, in general I think ants (along with the rest of the hymenoptera) are one of the most remarkable orders of animal in existence. Only humans, tardigrades and various extremophile bacteria can rival them in my view.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on April 28, 2009, 10:53:12 AM
Can't remember posting these here, so here goes.  This was my garage...

(http://www.slyagent.com/widow1.jpg)

(http://www.slyagent.com/widow2.jpg)

(http://www.slyagent.com/widow3.jpg)

Feeding time!  It was neat to actually see how fast they can move and how much they toy with their prey while it struggles to get free.  I shot video of it too since I figured I wouldn't have the opportunity to do it again later.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on April 28, 2009, 11:34:41 AM
It's a shame ants are on your KOS list, in general I think ants (along with the rest of the hymenoptera) are one of the most remarkable orders of animal in existence. Only humans, tardigrades and various extremophile bacteria can rival them in my view.

You're obviously not a homeowner.  Ants are great until you have to battle them a few times because they've built nests around your foundation, are tearing up parts of your yard or are coming into the house.  Then you start thinking of new and inventive ways to kill the fuckers.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: bhodi on April 28, 2009, 11:50:31 AM
Yeah. Remarkable doesn't get you off the KoS list. Being less intrusive and damaging to my property or myself does.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: K9 on April 28, 2009, 11:56:45 AM
You're obviously not a homeowner.  Ants are great until you have to battle them a few times because they've built nests around your foundation, are tearing up parts of your yard or are coming into the house.  Then you start thinking of new and inventive ways to kill the fuckers.

True, I'm not a homeowner, even if I were I'm not sure that the species we have here in England are really as much a threat to structures as some of the ones y'all get.

Really you should move into a caravan and get back to marvelling at how awesome ants are.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Johny Cee on April 28, 2009, 12:04:26 PM
You're obviously not a homeowner.  Ants are great until you have to battle them a few times because they've built nests around your foundation, are tearing up parts of your yard or are coming into the house.  Then you start thinking of new and inventive ways to kill the fuckers.

True, I'm not a homeowner, even if I were I'm not sure that the species we have here in England are really as much a threat to structures as some of the ones y'all get.

Really you should move into a caravan and get back to marvelling at how awesome ants are.


This man would sell you a caravan:
(http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/movie/snatch/06.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on April 28, 2009, 01:12:29 PM
It's a shame ants are on your KOS list, in general I think ants (along with the rest of the hymenoptera) are one of the most remarkable orders of animal in existence. Only humans, tardigrades and various extremophile bacteria can rival them in my view.
I agree. Not in my house.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: gryeyes on April 28, 2009, 01:28:13 PM
It always blew me away that ants domesticate livestock,farm,enslave other species. And all this complex information is transmitted through genetics (I assume?). They are still slain on sight in my home but not nearly with the same glee as spiders. I find it hard not to consider them "conscious" when they display behaviors like that. That whip scorpion a few pages back is terrifying.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtXPmWJcuZY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtXPmWJcuZY)

The only spider i have ever seen i would consider cute.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on April 28, 2009, 01:36:28 PM
Ants are amazing, they are living RTS games. I grew up in the country with very sandy soil, tons of ant nests all over the place, all kinds of ant varieties, big, small, brown, red, black, mixed, etc. It was a sick battleground and sometimes these massive battles would get underway with thick clusters of ants duking it out, flanking maneuvers, it was a lot of fun to watch the progress of the various breeds over the summer fighting back and forth.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on April 29, 2009, 04:26:30 PM
Cow killers were my favorite, though we didn't get a lot of them.  Real pretty red and black striping.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: FatuousTwat on April 29, 2009, 06:41:57 PM
I lived in a forest as a kid and ants were everywhere... There was a 8ft across dying ceder tree that looked normal from a distance, but once you got close you could see it was teeming with piss ants.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Broughden on May 01, 2009, 09:24:54 AM
Cow killers were my favorite, though we didn't get a lot of them.  Real pretty red and black striping.

Hey we had those growing up as well! No one ever seems to know what Im talking about when I mention them. They are like, "What? Huh? Cow killers?"

You know its strange in all my time as a kid I never ever saw more than 1 at any given time, never saw them traveling in groups or even a pair. Also never ever found one of their nests or homes. Weird.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mrbloodworth on May 01, 2009, 09:27:41 AM
(http://images.allmoviephoto.com/2002_Eight_Legged_Freaks/a_spider_attacks_eight_legged_freaks_001.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on May 01, 2009, 10:02:35 AM
Cow killers were my favorite, though we didn't get a lot of them.  Real pretty red and black striping.

Hey we had those growing up as well! No one ever seems to know what Im talking about when I mention them. They are like, "What? Huh? Cow killers?"

You know its strange in all my time as a kid I never ever saw more than 1 at any given time, never saw them traveling in groups or even a pair. Also never ever found one of their nests or homes. Weird.

Since they're wasps and not a communal variety that has nests (they plant eggs in other creatures) this is not especially surprising. (I did have to Wiki them since I am very much one of those people who'd go, "What? Huh? Cow killers?"


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Broughden on May 01, 2009, 11:51:54 AM
Cow killers were my favorite, though we didn't get a lot of them.  Real pretty red and black striping.

Hey we had those growing up as well! No one ever seems to know what Im talking about when I mention them. They are like, "What? Huh? Cow killers?"

You know its strange in all my time as a kid I never ever saw more than 1 at any given time, never saw them traveling in groups or even a pair. Also never ever found one of their nests or homes. Weird.

Since they're wasps and not a communal variety that has nests (they plant eggs in other creatures) this is not especially surprising. (I did have to Wiki them since I am very much one of those people who'd go, "What? Huh? Cow killers?"

What? Huh? Wingless wasps? Because I always thought they were big furry ants.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on May 01, 2009, 02:10:57 PM
They're called velvet ants, but aren't ants. Kind of like amblypygids are called whip spiders but aren't spiders. The big hairy red ones you see are the females, which are wingless. The males have wings and are much more traditionally wasp-shaped.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on May 07, 2009, 09:22:19 PM
It has begun: Giant spiders invade Australian Outback town (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6231301.ece)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Xurtan on May 08, 2009, 12:44:48 AM
Quote
Asked what he would do with the giant spider he caught this week, Mr Geiszler said: “I think I’m going to mount this one in acrylic to show people how big it is. It’ll make a great paperweight.”


 :ye_gods: No, just.. no.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on May 08, 2009, 08:39:24 AM
I thought about having a taxidermist friend stuff the critters I'm bagging in my backyard, then putting them out in front of my house so the lady three houses down who is feeding all the critters in her front yard can see them. I could even arrange them, so the chipmunk looked like he was giving a sermon to the squirrels.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Righ on May 08, 2009, 10:01:34 AM
(http://www.filedump.net/dumped/theguinnessbug18550124007690841240173055.jpg)

They've just discovered this bad boy infesting hop farms in Ireland, apparently it's a previously unknown species.

That's not a spider, its an amblypygid.

Thanks, I was puzzling at the front legs and pincers. Never heard of those arachnids before. So Ireland's tropical now? Not bad, its got some pretty good beaches.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Righ on May 08, 2009, 10:14:42 AM
I don't know why I'm still reading about these disgusting arachnids. Apparently they can be quite large. (http://www.getlostmagazine.com/bug/0206bug/bug.html) Here's the amblypygid from the linked story:



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on May 08, 2009, 01:24:32 PM
I wonder if they could take out a chipmunk...might need to import some!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on May 08, 2009, 07:45:46 PM
It has begun: Giant spiders invade Australian Outback town (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6231301.ece)


From the comments

Quote
Tarantulas are amazingly soft and velvety. When handling one, make sure there are no sudden movements or they will take a flying leap. Not the kind of thing one wants to see airborne in the house.

Indeed.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on May 11, 2009, 08:27:54 AM
Tarantulas are amazingly soft and velvety.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on May 11, 2009, 08:30:42 AM
Okay, that made me lol.

And that thing up their eating the frog needs to die in a nuclear explosion.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on May 11, 2009, 10:36:32 AM
Die in one?  I'm pretty sure it's the result of one.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: voodoolily on May 11, 2009, 10:44:21 AM
They're called velvet ants, but aren't ants. Kind of like amblypygids are called whip spiders but aren't spiders. The big hairy red ones you see are the females, which are wingless. The males have wings and are much more traditionally wasp-shaped.

Their bites are a 3.0 on the Schmidt Sting Pain Index (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schmidt_Sting_Pain_Index) (dunno if I posted this before).

Quote
    * 1.0 Sweat bee: Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.
    * 1.2 Fire ant: Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet & reaching for the light switch.
    * 1.8 Bullhorn acacia ant: A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain. Someone has fired a staple into your cheek.
    * 2.0 Bald-faced hornet: Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door.
    * 2.0 Yellowjacket: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.
    * 2.x Honey bee and European hornet: Like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.
    * 3.0 Red harvester ant: Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.
    * 3.0 Paper wasp: Caustic & burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.
    * 4.0 Tarantula hawk: Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath.
    * 4.0+ Bullet ant: Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on May 11, 2009, 11:09:24 AM
Yeah, I've had a paper wasp more than once. Not fun times. When I was a kid, I had an allergic reaction to it, but haven't since. My hand literally swelled up like a balloon. I also caught a fleeting glimpse.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on May 11, 2009, 11:10:47 AM
Quote
    * 1.0 Sweat bee: Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.
    * 1.2 Fire ant: Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet & reaching for the light switch.
    * 1.8 Bullhorn acacia ant: A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain. Someone has fired a staple into your cheek.
    * 2.0 Bald-faced hornet: Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door.
    * 2.0 Yellowjacket: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.
    * 2.x Honey bee and European hornet: Like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.
    * 3.0 Red harvester ant: Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.
    * 3.0 Paper wasp: Caustic & burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.
    * 4.0 Tarantula hawk: Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath.
    * 4.0+ Bullet ant: Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.

That's delightful. I'm guessing this Schmidt person was a genuine masochist of some kind  :why_so_serious:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hindenburg on May 11, 2009, 11:12:06 AM
Not as much as the guy that fooled around with the irukandji jellyfish.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: voodoolily on May 11, 2009, 11:35:53 AM
Yeah, I've had a paper wasp more than once. Not fun times. When I was a kid, I had an allergic reaction to it, but haven't since. My hand literally swelled up like a balloon. I also caught a fleeting glimpse.

When I was a kid I stepped on a yellow jackets' nest (stupid ground nesters). Got stung in about ten places, including my eyelid. I was completely swollen, and my mom smeared me in a paste of baking soda, meat tenderizer and water. After that, the reaction I have to bee stings is less than that of a mosquito bite (which, on me, is disproportionately more severe). I remember one time about a year after that I was wandering around in some tall weeds and got stung on the back of the leg for no reason, but it felt so mild that I thought a thistle had brushed against me.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on May 21, 2009, 01:36:27 PM
(http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/9580/1195162664347.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on May 21, 2009, 01:46:56 PM
Just to add more pedantry, I can't be sure but those look like harvestmen, not spiders.  :oh_i_see:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: proudft on May 21, 2009, 02:16:38 PM
Quote
 
    * 2.0 Yellowjacket: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.
    * 2.x Honey bee and European hornet: Like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.

Hmm, I've been stung by honeybees (3 times) and a yellowjacket (once), and the yellowjacket hurt a HELL of a lot more.  It was behind my knee, maybe that's more sensitive or something, but it's weird they're both 2.something on this scale.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: voodoolily on May 21, 2009, 02:56:04 PM
Just to add more pedantry, I can't be sure but those look like harvestmen, not spiders.  :oh_i_see:

We call those daddy longlegs around these parts.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on May 21, 2009, 03:13:26 PM
They're called the same here.

Just to add more pedantry, I can't be sure but those look like harvestmen, not spiders.  :oh_i_see:
It's an image macro.  Do you really expect them to have any idea what they're looking at?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on May 21, 2009, 03:24:03 PM
More like wishful thinking really.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: IainC on May 22, 2009, 02:02:57 AM
Just to add more pedantry, I can't be sure but those look like harvestmen, not spiders.  :oh_i_see:

We call those daddy longlegs around these parts.

In the UK, a Daddy-Long-Legs is the common name for a cranefly. The things in the picture would be harvestman spiders (even though they aren't spiders at all but opiliones).


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on May 22, 2009, 04:19:24 AM
Talking of crane-flys/daddy-long-legs, why is it that I think spiders are awesome, as are most insects, but daddy long legs freak me out? Hate them!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: voodoolily on May 22, 2009, 11:41:11 AM
Craneflies are salmon's favorite food. When I was a kid we called those "mosquito hawks."


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on May 22, 2009, 01:21:39 PM
Here in California, crane flies are crane flies, and 'daddy long legs' means the cellar spider (which is actually a spider):

(http://nature.berkeley.edu/~stevelew/cbcstuff/common_spiders/images/pholcus_rovner.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on May 22, 2009, 10:04:53 PM
Here in California, crane flies are crane flies, and 'daddy long legs' means the cellar spider (which is actually a spider):

(http://nature.berkeley.edu/~stevelew/cbcstuff/common_spiders/images/pholcus_rovner.jpg)

If those are the same guys I've seen running around washington just in the past 5 years, thats an angry spider. I've seen them run across ceiling from about 6 feet apart and start attacking each other.  Sucks, as they also like to hang out in a cars engine bay.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: FatuousTwat on May 22, 2009, 10:35:17 PM
We have both here, and they are both called daddy long legs, at least by the people I know. I always see them in the shower, and have had more than a few decide to rappel down onto me while in said shower. GAH!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: gryeyes on May 26, 2009, 09:02:35 PM
They seem to prefer showers for some reason. The translucent daddy long legs with a elongated body. Ive seen them more and more lately, much preferable to the 26oz leaping fuckers i generally encounter. How in the hell do those things prey on huntsmen?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: pxib on May 27, 2009, 01:32:26 AM
Fun fact: "What do mosquito hawk/crane fly/mosquito eaters eat?" Trick question. The adult form with the dangly legs hasn't got proper mouth parts for eating. It exists entirely to breed, and dies of starvation in only a few days, successfully mated or no.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: K9 on May 27, 2009, 03:15:02 AM
 :uhrr:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on September 07, 2009, 09:21:53 AM
Early September which means that it's orb weaver time in our garden. Loads of them hanging around, fat & full of eggs, munching on flies, wasps and the occasional small bird:



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mosesandstick on September 07, 2009, 11:44:56 AM
F*ck me, fantastic. I think that belongs in the awesome pictures thread  :awesome_for_real:.

What'd you use for the shot? (Since I guess you've hidden your EXIF data)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on September 07, 2009, 12:45:01 PM
Nikkor 105mm f2.8 macro lens and a single flash with a mini-softbox stuck on the front of it, held in as close as I dared without touching the web on the right hand side. Was pretty much full-power flash at ISO400 to get down to f25 and I could still have done with more depth of field!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on September 07, 2009, 03:24:37 PM
Few more:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2583/3897659070_eb35e2fd8a_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2646/3896878501_e435198946_o.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3501/3896881253_9c992e332e_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2524/3897661328_6823b07181_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2500/3896883393_f2466f30af_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2619/3896884943_ba63aeb7af_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on September 08, 2009, 12:40:56 AM
(http://www.fohguild.org/forums/attachments/screenshots/120242d1252326173-animated-gif-thread-fuckmeno.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Phineas Rhyne on September 25, 2009, 03:15:48 PM
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/09/spider-silk/

Touching them. WITH HIS BARE HANDS.

I like spiders and these still creep me out.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: voodoolily on September 25, 2009, 04:14:29 PM
(http://www.fohguild.org/forums/attachments/screenshots/120242d1252326173-animated-gif-thread-fuckmeno.gif)

I think that's a trapdoor spider?

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ad/Ummidia_sp.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on September 29, 2009, 04:36:41 AM
No, I'm fairly certain that's a facehugger  :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on September 29, 2009, 10:14:11 AM
Now you're just making up names to make it even creepier.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: voodoolily on September 29, 2009, 07:13:05 PM
I think he was talking about Alien.  :awesome_for_real:

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_0RbegJ8Qz0Y/Ra-uUOtidXI/AAAAAAAAABk/t1fgOrPXHwE/s400/facehugger.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: VainEldritch on November 06, 2009, 08:49:58 AM
Spiders are sinister and I confess they are the only animals that I find genuinely "creepy".

It's their clutched stillness... their waiting... it carries the distubing notion that sly intelligence exists where non really should.


Brrrrrr....  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mrbloodworth on March 18, 2010, 01:12:24 PM
This count?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on March 18, 2010, 01:21:27 PM
This count?

Since I get a image expired thumb when I clicked it, I was all ready to come on this and make fun of you. But cutting and pasting the pic lead me to pass out for an hour and I forgot what I was going to ridicule you about.

 :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mrbloodworth on March 18, 2010, 01:24:03 PM
This count?

Since I get a image expired thumb when I clicked it, I was all ready to come on this and make fun of you. But cutting and pasting the pic lead me to pass out for an hour and I forgot what I was going to ridicule you about.

 :ye_gods:

Fixed thanks bro!  :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on March 18, 2010, 03:55:03 PM
That is definitely NOT a spider, and thus not 'awesome'.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on March 18, 2010, 04:04:47 PM
That is definitely NOT a spider, and thus not 'awesome'.
I disagree, it's awesome. It makes me want to bust out the macro lens.

What wouldn't be awesome is being the owner of that arm. :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on March 18, 2010, 04:59:05 PM
It is not a spider, though. This is not the "Awesome Creepy Crawlers" thread.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on March 18, 2010, 05:13:14 PM
I would not be confident enough to explain to that demon that it was in the wrong thread.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on March 18, 2010, 06:36:07 PM
Yeah there aren't too many arthropods that really really bug me, but centipedes are one of them.

It is a healthy fear to have though, some of those things are quite poisonous.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on March 29, 2010, 10:51:42 PM
(http://www.fohguild.org/forums/attachments/screenshots/135797d1269636544-animated-gif-thread-wtfspider.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on March 29, 2010, 10:53:36 PM
(http://www.fohguild.org/forums/attachments/screenshots/135797d1269636544-animated-gif-thread-wtfspider.gif)

You are a dick.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on March 30, 2010, 08:45:35 AM
A spider constructed of tons of tiny spiders.  How terrible.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on March 30, 2010, 09:00:04 AM
Spoilering for size: :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on March 30, 2010, 09:10:24 AM
... I can never stop screaming...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on March 30, 2010, 09:39:03 AM
Wolf spiders... yeah fuck that. They are known for running down their prey instead of using a web or trap to catch them. Step on it and kill a whole generation seems like a bonus.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on March 30, 2010, 09:49:01 AM
You'd better hope you get them all.

And if you don't, pray none of them hold a grudge. :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on March 30, 2010, 07:41:47 PM
Wolf spiders...
Are they called wolf spiders because they hunt in packs ? :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on March 30, 2010, 07:52:27 PM
Hah, don't worry so much!

They're called wolf spiders because they hunt down wolves.
 :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on March 31, 2010, 09:19:32 AM
Goblin spiders like to ride them.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Aez on March 31, 2010, 07:18:31 PM
Wolf spiders... yeah fuck that. They are known for running down their prey instead of using a web or trap to catch them. Step on it and kill a whole generation seems like a bonus.

You call me into your room to destroy life? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms2klX-puUU)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on March 31, 2010, 09:34:18 PM
Wolf spiders... yeah fuck that. They are known for running down their prey instead of using a web or trap to catch them. Step on it and kill a whole generation seems like a bonus.

You call me into your room to destroy life? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms2klX-puUU)

What.The.Fuck.?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: proudft on April 01, 2010, 02:25:13 PM
Ugh, wolf spiders.   Those things were everywhere when I was a wee lad in the country.  Fast bastards, too.

The worst, though, was one day I decided to go out for the first dirt bike ride of the season.   My helmet had been sitting in the garage all winter.   I picked it up and just before putting it on my head, I thought, hey, what if there's a spider hiding under the little pad in the top.  Not likely, I thought, but better safe than sorry!

So I reach in to detach the coaster-sized pad from the inside of my helmet and WAAAAAAGHHHHH, a coaster-sized wolf spider was underneath.   Biggest goddamned one I ever saw.   I instantly threw the helmet across the garage and that was the end of dirt biking for that day.  

I still shudder to think, what if I hadn't looked?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on April 01, 2010, 02:28:55 PM

I still shudder to think, what if I hadn't looked?


Your story would be twice as awesome?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on April 01, 2010, 02:31:22 PM
I still shudder to think, what if I hadn't looked?
Cue running scene and yakkity sax as background music.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: proudft on April 01, 2010, 02:40:27 PM
If only the Bennie Hillifier really existed!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on April 04, 2010, 05:28:38 PM
I actually consider pictures of baby spiders hitching a ride to be comforting.  You have a species with almost nothing at all in common with humanity, but here's a mother taking care of her kids.  It puts them in a slightly different light than monstrous little eating machines.  Very slightly.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on April 04, 2010, 06:10:38 PM
I actually consider pictures of baby spiders hitching a ride to be comforting.  You have a species with almost nothing at all in common with humanity, but here's a mother taking care of her kids.  It puts them in a slightly different light than monstrous little eating machines.  Very slightly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY7Ow1OWQww

You're welcome. :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Jimbo on April 06, 2010, 12:37:59 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4497604386_508b6b76a1_m.jpg)
Spider in Florida, pretty neat one.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on April 06, 2010, 10:28:55 PM
Jeweled spiders are one of my favorites.  The spines are not as pronounced and are black on our local versions, but they come in glossy white, yellow, red, and orange colors and make huge beautiful orb webs.  I never had one bite even with years of playing with them.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on April 06, 2010, 11:54:41 PM
So I'm walking down my first-floor hallway by the kitchen and a decently big wolf spider scuttles by.  About the size of a quarter, counting the legs, so still tiny by our scale, but impressive by the standards of the local spider population.  I am overjoyed at this, as the number of bugs spotted in the kitchen had been on the rise as the weather warmed up, and I didn't really want to go spray poison around the place with all my food if I could help it.  So I say, "Fuck yes, big spider cleaning out the kitchen!" to one of my roommates nearby.  He sees this spider and immediately turns into a gargantuan vagina, blubbering something about killing it.  I reach down and shoo the spider under the fridge so that my hysterical idiot friend can't kill it, and explain to him at great length that spiders make a living by eating bugs and that we, as generally anti-bugs-eating-our-food creatures, need to have a positive relationship with the things that kill lots of bugs.

He still insists that he's going to kill the spider if he sees it.  Moron.  It's a little wolf spider, it's not poisonous, and it's going to make my house nicer while minding its own business.  Seriously, if I could buy a dozen non-web-spinning spiders in a box and just sprinkle them around the little dark corners of the house so they can clean it out, I'd be all about it.  Bring on some biological warfare against anything else that tries to move into my place.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on April 07, 2010, 12:14:15 AM
I ran into a black widow while investigating some spare parts at work today.  It was amusing, mostly because I saw it first and didn't bump into it first.  Although the sheer amount of spider webs all over the cables and infrastructure around here sure makes me glad that it isn't my department that handles them...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: trias_e on April 07, 2010, 01:15:44 AM
So I'm walking down my first-floor hallway by the kitchen and a decently big wolf spider scuttles by.  About the size of a quarter, counting the legs, so still tiny by our scale, but impressive by the standards of the local spider population.  I am overjoyed at this, as the number of bugs spotted in the kitchen had been on the rise as the weather warmed up, and I didn't really want to go spray poison around the place with all my food if I could help it.  So I say, "Fuck yes, big spider cleaning out the kitchen!" to one of my roommates nearby.  He sees this spider and immediately turns into a gargantuan vagina, blubbering something about killing it.  I reach down and shoo the spider under the fridge so that my hysterical idiot friend can't kill it, and explain to him at great length that spiders make a living by eating bugs and that we, as generally anti-bugs-eating-our-food creatures, need to have a positive relationship with the things that kill lots of bugs.

He still insists that he's going to kill the spider if he sees it.  Moron.  It's a little wolf spider, it's not poisonous, and it's going to make my house nicer while minding its own business.  Seriously, if I could buy a dozen non-web-spinning spiders in a box and just sprinkle them around the little dark corners of the house so they can clean it out, I'd be all about it.  Bring on some biological warfare against anything else that tries to move into my place.

People that don't like wolf spiders piss me off something fierce.  And jumping spiders.  God those are awesome.  All of the bug removal, none of the annoying web removal.  Good stuff IMO


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on April 07, 2010, 02:05:16 AM
People that don't like wolf spiders piss me off something fierce.  And jumping spiders.  God those are awesome.  All of the bug removal, none of the annoying web removal.  Good stuff IMO
It's probably because they lie awake at night after seeing a jumping spider sit on their night table and just watching them with their big eyes... waiting... plotting... biding their time...

(http://mindriot.as/awesomepictures/jumping_spider_large1.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: trias_e on April 07, 2010, 09:34:05 AM
See, from my perspective, he's just watching over me, guarding me from annoying bugs.

Plus he just looks totally badass in that shot.  So cool!  I can be creeped out by close ups of spiders.  But definitely not that one.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on April 07, 2010, 10:40:24 AM
High-five little guardian dude!

<holds a finger up>


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: trias_e on April 07, 2010, 01:42:03 PM
I mean, how can you not love these things?

They ride Harleys:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D92AUXhYZ0M&feature=related

They can play along when you're gaming:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGq7eIpia9A&feature=related

And of course the insect removal:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vrzSSpEl6Y&feature=related


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Threash on April 07, 2010, 04:40:49 PM
You people must be from another planet, spiders are at the top of critters i don't want in my house for any reason.  Keeping them around to kill bugs is like having an axe murderer in your house to watch for thieves.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on April 09, 2010, 12:17:33 AM
As long as a spider is neither huge nor poisonous, I'm happy to have it around.  It has no interest in me, and I'm glad for it to live a good spidery life and keep my place free of actual vermin.  Other bugs eat your clothes, eat your books, spread germs all over the place, fuck those guys.  I like insect predators, to me a spider's as useful as ladybugs and praying mantises in the garden eating all the pests.  They improve my life for free, so yay for them.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on April 09, 2010, 01:11:02 AM
As long as a spider is neither huge nor poisonous, I'm happy to have it around.  It has no interest in me, and I'm glad for it to live a good spidery life and keep my place free of actual vermin.  Other bugs eat your clothes, eat your books, spread germs all over the place, fuck those guys.  I like insect predators, to me a spider's as useful as ladybugs and praying mantises in the garden eating all the pests.  They improve my life for free, so yay for them.

Yeah, that's how I feel about it too. The only spiders in this area I really don't want around are black widows, but they don't really like to come inside anyway. Unfortunately since we got the cat the spider population in the house has dwindled severely. *crunch crunch*


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Margalis on April 10, 2010, 08:31:18 PM
The Whole Foods near me started selling containers of 50 Ladybugs or some Mantis Eggs.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on April 12, 2010, 01:07:02 PM
(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090421025512/zoids/images/3/3c/Ojrgurantula.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on April 12, 2010, 01:24:26 PM
(http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2007/03/18/svSPIDER_narrowweb__300x385,0.jpg)

Quote from: http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/and-along-came-another-spider/2007/03/18/1174152881573.html
The huntsman lives for about two years, and this one is believed to be about a year old. It feasts on live crickets and cockroaches.

It was added this month to the museum's Bugs Alive! exhibit, where it can show off what Mr Henderson describes as excellent climbing and jumping skills.

"Once she jumped and then in mid-air turned and landed on the opposing surface," he said. "I held up the 10-card for that."
:awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Aez on April 12, 2010, 07:02:46 PM
(http://imgur.com/MFlo7.jpg)
"Spiders are awesome and tasty"


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mrbloodworth on April 13, 2010, 07:43:42 AM
(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090421025512/zoids/images/3/3c/Ojrgurantula.jpg)

Oh man, taking me back here....


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on April 13, 2010, 07:38:26 PM
Yeah, I loved Spiderzoids


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on April 17, 2010, 08:51:35 PM
Yeah, I loved Spiderzoids

Thank you! I had that thing but had forgotten all about it. Man toys were cool when I was a kid.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: bhodi on April 23, 2010, 03:10:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWASwBWyUXI


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on April 23, 2010, 04:10:33 PM
Gack. Daddy Long Legs creep me out far worse than spiders.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on April 23, 2010, 04:15:20 PM
The things that spend all their time bumping into anything that isn't actively trying to get out the their way? They're the most harmless creature I think I've ever encountered unless having disproportionately long legs is somehow dangerous (assuming of course that daddy long legs are the same thing on both sides of the Atlantic). I've discovered a large (for the UK) spider that's taken up residence in my room. I've decided to christen him Simon, while I haven't had a problem with flies or other bugs it's warming up and I figure I'll need all the help I can get. Unless he starts making webs, then we'll have to renegotiate rent contracts.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on April 23, 2010, 04:44:14 PM
The crazy homeless guy masturbating in the subway toilets is also harmless. Still creeps me the fuck out. Not as much as Daddy Long Legs.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on April 29, 2010, 01:55:47 PM
Engels... don't look


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on April 29, 2010, 02:57:03 PM
too late!  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on May 03, 2010, 11:46:56 AM
Note to self:  avoid clicking youtube links in the spider thread while eating lunch at my desk.

Honestly, why do I continue to view this thread?  Is it possible to LOVE hating spiders?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: angry.bob on May 05, 2010, 04:23:56 PM
Note to self:  avoid clicking youtube links in the spider thread while eating lunch at my desk.


The videos of actual spiders aren't too bad, but from there you're almost always just  one click away from videos of people draining/playing with recluse spider bites and it's all downhill from there. If you've got the stomach for it, the world of spiderbite/MRSA/parasite videos on youtube is splendid.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on May 05, 2010, 04:40:10 PM
I'm imagining cyrrex as this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPRz0Gcsmqg :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Aez on September 04, 2010, 03:50:58 PM
Worth a necro to warn you all.

(http://imgur.com/ioxJP.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on September 04, 2010, 04:02:15 PM
It comes :cthulu:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Samwise on September 04, 2010, 05:35:42 PM
Gonarch!   :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on September 04, 2010, 07:44:49 PM
Reminds me of that line from Pratchet where "the beast with a thousand young" kills people by showing them pictures of its kids till their heads implode.  :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hawkbit on September 04, 2010, 09:08:00 PM
Godammit Dave #47 fell off again.  I swear to god I'll pull over and come back there...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on September 05, 2010, 08:17:07 AM
Christ that reminds me. Since moving down here to S.Carolina, I have seen some unspeakable things. The house my friend gave me a room in is tucked back in some fairly dense woods and therein lives bad things. However, cleaning up the driveway from tree debris, I noticed a resident set up shop in the corner of the garage door. Now I hate the hairy type spiders - ones which give me the creeps but this resident and her brood of over 50 is probably the prettiest spider I have seen. I am going out this morning on post a few pics if I can get her to come out of the corner a bit. Thus I am reserving this space for centerfold shots.

update: Now I have a PoS Canon point and shoot. It does the job, but nothing like I could have done with a better weapon. However, these are the shots I could get of Charlotte thus far. Once she actually comes out more, I will grab better ones.

(http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s146/phliptop18/Sep052010_0051.jpg)

(http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s146/phliptop18/Sep052010_0046.jpg)

(http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s146/phliptop18/Sep052010_0052.jpg)

I love the sleek look of Widows. Not that I would fuck with one, esp not as full grown a one as this one, but I was really tempted to prod her out for a better shot. I thought better considering the 50+ kids she has in the web.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: bhodi on September 05, 2010, 12:02:44 PM
There are some awesome spiders out there. This one is my background:

(http://www.filedump.net/dumped/spider1283706033.png)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on September 05, 2010, 02:30:49 PM
Arachnids in general are pretty awesome.  Did you know Scorpions glow under a black light and that's how some field researchers track them down?  I didn't until I was at the zoo a few weeks ago and saw this:

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/704172/Scorpion.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Fordel on September 05, 2010, 08:13:03 PM
Why do they glow? Do Scorpions see in Ultra Violet or something?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on September 05, 2010, 08:49:05 PM
Um, 106, you do realize that's a terribly poisonous spider there, right?  I'm a live and let live kinda guy, but that's an actively dangerous bug to have hanging around your house.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hawkbit on September 05, 2010, 09:40:57 PM
Yeah, it's odd - people who are around them a bit grow used to having them around.  I would travel everywhere with a blow torch if they were in my area, but other people I know are okay with having a potentially lethal creature in proximity.  Hell, I read about one person who was living with 50+ nests in and around their house. 


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Strazos on September 05, 2010, 10:13:43 PM
Nuke that shit from orbit - it's the only way to be sure. :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on September 05, 2010, 10:14:08 PM
Oh I am fully aware of the potential danger. Widows at least are not the aggressive type, not like a recluse... however this one has a nest and thus is a little more apt to fight. She has not done anything aggressive yet and let me take a few photos, but she is happily content with her corner. That said, she will be relocated to someplace further away from the house - her and her brood. Prolly sometime tomorrow.

Still a very beautiful arachnid. Sleek and deadly.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on September 05, 2010, 10:49:59 PM
Why do they glow? Do Scorpions see in Ultra Violet or something?

The sign's exact wording at the display said "It is unknown why scorpions glow brightly under blacklight (ultraviolet radiation), but this little trick has long been used by field collectors to spot hard-to-see specimens."  So, no idea. I like the thought of them seeing in UV, though.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on September 06, 2010, 12:18:28 AM
Yeah, it's odd - people who are around them a bit grow used to having them around.
They are everywhere at my job and I have to actively avoid them.  I'm actually using them to confront my arachnophobia considerably.  I personally dislike them around my house, but if you have a car that sits for any length of time in California, you will have widows living under it eventually.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Margalis on September 06, 2010, 03:10:33 AM
They are everywhere at my job and I have to actively avoid them.

Where do you work - Hell?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on September 06, 2010, 03:28:18 AM
They are everywhere at my job and I have to actively avoid them.

Where do you work - Hell?
The back road up to Mordor? :drill:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: IainC on September 06, 2010, 04:17:05 AM
Years ago I had a summer job at a salad packing plant in darkest Lincolnshire. After a few days my natural talent for putting onions in a bag earned me a much coveted promotion to the bananas line. The banana crates were full of spiders, we had to wear thick latex gloves to protect against black widow bites but, as we were handling rough wooden boxes all day, the gloves quickly got shredded to the point of uselessness. There were a variety of spiders in the crates, black widows being the commonest but occasionally we'd have some boxes from somewhere reasonably exotic and there would be tarantulas or goliath spiders in there. Of course when you start with a lot of spiders in one place you quickly end up with a smaller number of fatter spiders, so the ones that were still alive tended to be the biggest and most aggressive. As the only man on the entire floor it naturally fell to me to deal with all the spider-related emergencies. Most of them were killed but some escaped. I once had to go to the boiler room and the walls in there were literally crawling with huge spiders - it looked like something out of Indiana Jones.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mosesandstick on September 06, 2010, 07:14:00 AM
I think I would suffer a panic attack if I were you guys. How exactly do you relocate a spider's nest?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Strazos on September 06, 2010, 09:11:17 AM
With fire. :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on September 06, 2010, 10:42:52 AM
Where do you work - Hell?
A giant metal building where they sweep the floors but beyond that arachnid and insect maintenance is something that doesn't happen.  Squirrels, snakes, even a deer and coyote have made it inside.  I had to go to the very front of the building once in the most cramped and darkest corner... the sheer amount of widows and various other spiders over all the equipment that has lain dormant for years made me cringe.  Every time something touches my arm or face walking down I always assume it is a spider and web.  I walked up to one machine to open it up and a widow almost the size of my palm was on the circuit breaker and key, so I decided to walk to the next one and open *that* one instead.  It only had a cellar spider on it.  It will get cold soon enough and then most will die.  All those years playing MMOs slaying vermin can't prepare you for the real world!

And for giggles...  pictures!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on September 06, 2010, 11:06:27 AM
Is that a perspective trick or is that Black Widow about as long as that banana peel?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on September 06, 2010, 11:11:29 AM
It's a leaf ;-)  But she was pretty big.  I don't have any pictures of the truly huge ones as they tend to scurry away pretty fast or I forgot the camera that day.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Strazos on September 06, 2010, 01:24:39 PM
WTF, that looks like an OSHA violation or something.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on September 06, 2010, 08:00:48 PM
I love spiders.  I think widows are beautiful.

I still wouldn't suffer one to live anywhere near me.  500 yard rule.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on September 06, 2010, 08:25:36 PM
I don't care so much about even big scary bugs like tarantulas and scorpions, because even if they can technically hurt, they can't actually cause any sort of significant harm.  Black widows and brown recluses, on the other hand, can seriously injure, and I'm not comfortable with my personal safety hinging on the tiny brain in those things not deciding to head over and ruin my day.

Same with snakes.  Not poisonous, no problem.  Poisonous, problem.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Strazos on September 06, 2010, 08:45:58 PM
Erm, thought scorpions were poisonous...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Rasix on September 06, 2010, 11:49:47 PM
Erm, thought scorpions were poisonous...

Bark scorpions in Arizona are particularly nasty and somewhat of a concern for me since I have a small child.  One of my mother-in-law's cats is also allergic to them.   

We used to get black widows around my house especially around the potted plants.  We started regular pest control since my son was born and I haven't seen one since.  Can't say I miss them.  They give me the creeps.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on September 07, 2010, 06:45:26 AM
Since the Widow was a bit much, I went out to see if I could find some big ass wolf spiders that like to come out at night. Found two up high and I was unable to get good shots of them... they looked to be about dessert plate size. I did manage to get a shot of a smaller one on the garage gutter...about 4" in diameter leg to leg.

(http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s146/phliptop18/Sep052010_0059.jpg)

(http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s146/phliptop18/Sep052010_0058.jpg)

(http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s146/phliptop18/Sep052010_0057.jpg)

Calling him Dante.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on September 07, 2010, 06:55:20 AM
Is that next to a gate, making it Dante's Gate? :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on September 07, 2010, 09:18:21 AM
Erm, thought scorpions were poisonous...

General rule of thumb with scorpions is how poisonous they are is inversely proportional to the size of their pincers v. body i.e. if they've got giant, cut your thumb off pincers their sting probably isn't anything to worry about.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on September 07, 2010, 12:33:45 PM
Tell Dante to eat that roach.

Roaches are on the "it dies now, if I don't completely freak out" list.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on September 08, 2010, 02:12:57 AM
Erm, thought scorpions were poisonous...

Scorpions are poisonous like bees and wasps are; a painful sting but not actually dangerous unless you're particularly allergic.  Same deal with most spiders, you don't really want to be bitten but it won't mess you up if you are.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on September 08, 2010, 07:57:19 AM
Quite apart from being poisonous, scorpions are scary looking motherfuckers and were most certainly created by demons.  I HATE them with the fire of a thousand suns. 


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on September 08, 2010, 09:01:45 AM
Quite apart from being poisonous, scorpions are scary looking motherfuckers and were most certainly created by demons.  I HATE them with the fire of a thousand suns. 

Somewhat agree. Scorpions are rather interestingly constructed arachnids. Claws are interesting but couple that with a segmented tail with a poisonous stinger at the end and you have an evil creature. I like them in pictures, not so much in person unless they are behind glass. Amazing some smaller mammals actually use them as a food source. If scorpions were the size of a German Shepard, I'd be hard pressed to even consider that an option...maybe option R or S, option A-L being run the fuck away.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on September 08, 2010, 02:39:02 PM
Funny thing, scorpions are apparently also pussies.  In a series of insane Japanese bug fight videos where various bugs were tossed into a box together to see which would win, the scorpions invariably ran away from the other thing, paused to lash their tail at it a couple of times, then went back to running away.  They're apparently lovers rather than fighters.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on September 08, 2010, 06:50:02 PM
Funny thing, scorpions are apparently also pussies.  In a series of insane Japanese bug fight videos where various bugs were tossed into a box together to see which would win, the scorpions invariably ran away from the other thing, paused to lash their tail at it a couple of times, then went back to running away.  They're apparently lovers rather than fighters.

They must have just assumed that all of the other creatures would just pass out from fear.  I know I would have.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on September 09, 2010, 10:30:16 AM
They're apparently lovers rather than fighters.

In reproduction, the male holds apart the females claws, he mildly stings her to make her woozy and then he has his way with her.

So, they practice bondage and drug induced date rape  :pedobear:

Oh and back to zoids...

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v606/zoidsrefcenter/Guysack2.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on September 19, 2010, 04:41:27 PM
Back to spiders, I snapped this on a web on a wall outside my house. Its a garden spider, very common around here. They can get quite large and can build some huge webs. I've seen some webs of these things that are 2 and a half feet across. They sit in the center of the web, which is where I got this close up. Totally harmless to humans and quite colourfull.

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs658.snc4/61846_437246179265_595784265_4942638_3700043_n.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Strazos on September 19, 2010, 04:44:59 PM
WTF Where do you people live? I could not handle that sort of shit walking around me.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on September 19, 2010, 05:27:25 PM
The *web* is 2 and a half feet across, not the spider.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on September 19, 2010, 10:36:13 PM
And to be honest those are quite rare. That particular spiders web was about a foot across.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on September 20, 2010, 01:02:16 AM
That's an orb weaver. Our garden is also *full* of them at the moment. They're all preparing to lay eggs. Hanging the washing out on the line at the moment is a slow process because I am compelled to carefully remove all their webs and attempt to gently relocate the spiders themselves.

It's also an exercise that only I can do for the next few weeks since my arachnophobic girlfriend can't go near the garden  :oh_i_see:

Fake edit: mistyped arachnophobic and Firefox decided I meant technophobic.  :uhrr:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hawkbit on September 20, 2010, 07:17:42 AM
Orb Weavers are pretty cool.  We had one in my neighbor's garden a few years back that was bright yellow and black.  The body was just a little smaller than a ping pong ball... which makes it just about the biggest damn spider that I've seen in Ohio.  Pretty common spider though.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Xuri on September 20, 2010, 09:45:50 AM
I've decided that spiders are not all that awesome.

I spent yesterday EXTERMINATING about 100 tiny spiders crawling all over my bedroom ceiling (and there are probably a hundred more I didn't see...) I also hit a giant spider - which I presume was their mother - with a newspaper, after which she fell to the ground and.... was not there any longer when I looked away for a second and then looked back. Needless to say, I slept on my couch tonight. Fucking spiders. DIE!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hawkbit on September 20, 2010, 01:34:59 PM
Holy shit its going to be like First Blood.  That thing is going to come back with a vengeance.   :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on September 20, 2010, 01:37:28 PM
He drew first blood, not me. :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on September 20, 2010, 05:46:57 PM
Orb Weavers are pretty cool.  We had one in my neighbor's garden a few years back that was bright yellow and black.  The body was just a little smaller than a ping pong ball... which makes it just about the biggest damn spider that I've seen in Ohio.  Pretty common spider though.

We used to have those all the time in the garden in Cleveland. I haven't seen a single one in Cincinnati, though.  I guess the wolf spiders must eat them.  I miss having the big webs with the zig-zag in the middle all dewy and sparkling in the morning.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Strazos on September 20, 2010, 09:53:36 PM
I would be relocating all of these spiders if they lived near me.

With napalm.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on September 21, 2010, 12:14:51 AM
I would be relocating all of these spiders if they lived near me.
A coworker did that the other day.  Relocated a HUGE spider on my module that was carrying her eggs to the outside.  She didn't like being helped and kept trying to get away, but he led her outside.  I can't stand the creepy crawly thing, so that's not me.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: K9 on September 21, 2010, 10:45:19 AM
30 square foot webs, stronger than kevlar, spanning rivers (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/09/super-strong-spider-silk/)

Yeah, spiders are fucking awesome


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on September 28, 2010, 08:05:32 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDpsLPhYSg :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Slyfeind on September 28, 2010, 05:09:20 PM
Oh man those kids are so well-behaved.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on September 28, 2010, 05:14:49 PM
Being able to say "Be quiet back there, or I'll eat you" probably helps there. :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on October 07, 2010, 06:55:57 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OylmCm1zgWg


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on October 17, 2010, 02:10:57 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIml7cPow0E Nice record. :drill:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on October 25, 2010, 06:07:01 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEq1gSccItU

I didn't actually know they could be that quick.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on October 25, 2010, 02:08:05 PM
Phase spider.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hawkbit on October 25, 2010, 06:17:32 PM
It's the techno, gets 'em going.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cadaverine on October 25, 2010, 11:19:53 PM
I didn't actually know they could be that quick.

That's what they want you to think.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Muffled on October 26, 2010, 02:36:34 AM
We had quite a few of those around when I lived out in the country.  I never (thank God) saw one with the egg sacs all over it, I probably would have screamed like a five year old girl or swooned and shamed my family to the nth generation.  Minus egg sac/baby spider nightmare fuel, they are cool as hell, and just as fast in real life.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: voodoolily on October 27, 2010, 12:41:40 PM
I was just sifting through some site photos from field work I did a month or so ago and remembered this beaut (garden spider, Argiope aurantia):

(http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/8944/dsc0106cl.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on October 28, 2010, 03:30:33 AM
This is the "Spiders are awesome" thread, not the "1001 ways to kill a spider" thread.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Typhon on October 28, 2010, 08:36:48 AM
I was just sifting through some site photos from field work I did a month or so ago and remembered this beaut (garden spider, Argiope aurantia):

[image]


Wow, great picture, beautiful spider.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: voodoolily on October 28, 2010, 04:50:13 PM
I was just sifting through some site photos from field work I did a month or so ago and remembered this beaut (garden spider, Argiope aurantia):

[image]


Wow, great picture, beautiful spider.

Thanks, I just set it to my desktop background. Its abdomen was about as big around as a nickel!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ard on October 28, 2010, 04:53:08 PM
I know those things are harmless, but I had one huge bastard of a garden spider sitting next to my porch screen door last spring.  Was as big as my hand (but I have small girly hands).  Wish I'd taken a picture, but I was too busy shrieking, while trying to run past it with the laundry.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Typhon on October 28, 2010, 05:18:24 PM
I was just sifting through some site photos from field work I did a month or so ago and remembered this beaut (garden spider, Argiope aurantia):

[image]


Wow, great picture, beautiful spider.

Thanks, I just set it to my desktop background. Its abdomen was about as big around as a nickel!

Nice sized garden spider!  Did it have any color on the under-abdomen?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: voodoolily on October 28, 2010, 10:08:38 PM

Nice sized garden spider!  Did it have any color on the under-abdomen?

Nope, they're just black.

I know those things are harmless, but I had one huge bastard of a garden spider sitting next to my porch screen door last spring.  Was as big as my hand (but I have small girly hands).  Wish I'd taken a picture, but I was too busy shrieking, while trying to run past it with the laundry.

Here's another one with my hand for scale (you wuss):

(http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/7717/dsc0107lw.jpg)



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on October 28, 2010, 11:54:53 PM
I wish I had a good camera so I could have taken pictures of my jeweled spiders.  There were four of them around the yard, one in each common color (red, yellow, white) and a strange orange orange-yellow I've never seen before.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on November 01, 2010, 11:36:57 PM
I've been trying to get a shot of this guy for the longest time and finally caught him mid-drop making his web.  He lives outside my kitchen window and only comes out at night and dusk.  I see them all the time but have no idea what they are.  There's also a black widow nearby that has been hiding and I only saw once and never managed to get a good shot of either.

(http://www.slyagent.com/spider01.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on November 02, 2010, 02:22:48 AM
Looks very much like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_garden_spider


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on November 02, 2010, 07:55:48 AM
Ah!  So it's a she as well.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: voodoolily on November 02, 2010, 04:17:12 PM
That's what I was gonna guess! We have those all over our garden every summer.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on November 02, 2010, 10:16:57 PM
Garden Spiders live in the center of their webs though, this one seemingly only comes out for web maintenance at dusk and dawn.

Almost all the bug spiders you see are females. I guess spiders are so aggressive towards one another that equal sises across the genders would result in a fight, not mating.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on May 05, 2011, 08:57:55 AM
(http://www.fohguild.org/forums/attachments/screenshots/170701d1304600724-animated-gif-thread-taunting_spider.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Paelos on May 05, 2011, 09:00:25 AM
Why? WHY!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on May 05, 2011, 09:08:51 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRV4d9LCawU


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on May 05, 2011, 09:15:59 AM
I clicked the link.  But after seeing the still image, there is NO WAY I am pushing the play button.  This thread is bad enough without it turning into Spiders that Attack.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Strazos on May 05, 2011, 10:24:09 AM
You don't really get to see much of anything.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on May 05, 2011, 10:41:55 AM
You don't really get to see much of anything.

That's half the terror, tho. Not knowing where the spider ended up. Down his shirt? In the laundry hamper?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cadaverine on May 05, 2011, 10:49:18 AM
That's half the terror, tho. Not knowing where the spider ended up. Down his shirt? In the laundry hamper?

Laying it's eggs in his still twitching corpse, most likely.  That's what he deserves for trying to trap the thing.  You don't try to capture them, you kill them with fire.  Preferably by burning the house down around it.  From orbit.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on May 05, 2011, 01:08:39 PM
That's an Australian huntsman, basically a docile house-spider, they are non deadly and rarely ever bite. My Australian cousin was bitten by one once, rendered him fairly ill.

Sorry to ruin the illusion, but he tried to run away and then got rammed with a plastic basin. Probably quite damaged or missing a leg or two, poor fella.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on May 05, 2011, 01:49:04 PM
That's an Australian huntsman, basically a docile house-spider, they are non deadly and rarely ever bite. My Australian cousin was bitten by one once, rendered him fairly ill.

Sorry to ruin the illusion, but he tried to run away and then got rammed with a plastic basin. Probably quite damaged or missing a leg or two, poor fella.
Look, I get that Americans have a habit of making their houses BIGGAR UND BETTAR than everyone else, but that doesn't mean you get to make the house spiders bigger, too.  I'm sure we'd be fine with the tiny, annoying varieties we have now.

I totally agree on letting that monster on the ceiling alone though.  I completely disbelieve the "docile" part.   :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on May 05, 2011, 02:46:14 PM
No honestly they are like any typical housespider around the world. I've shared rooms with them myself when I lived in Australia, they do look quite scary but they're totally harmless.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: MuffinMan on May 05, 2011, 03:11:20 PM
Their victim's corpses have just never been found.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Paelos on May 05, 2011, 03:37:12 PM
No honestly they are like any typical housespider around the world. I've shared rooms with them myself when I lived in Australia, they do look quite scary but they're totally harmless.

No! I refuse to knowingly sleep in a room with a palm sized spider free to crawl on my face!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: ghost on May 05, 2011, 03:44:45 PM
I prefer my bedchamber to be like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
(http://laraandthereelboy.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/bugs.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on May 05, 2011, 04:32:28 PM
Spiders I can handle, but roaches are not cool.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on May 05, 2011, 04:40:23 PM
No! I refuse to knowingly sleep in a room with a palm sized spider free to crawl on my face!

Haha yeh we did have one in our backpacker bedroom but we ushered him out the window succesfully. I was reffering to an office I worked in, it was kind unnerving but the boss liked them around the office cause they ate real vermin, so I had to get used to the idea. Wasn't so bad... ok I lie it was quite unnerving, but trust me they are docile despite our perceptions.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on May 05, 2011, 04:42:18 PM
Spiders I can handle, but roaches are not cool.

Agreed, huntsmen eat those fuckers why they should probably be applauded.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: proudft on May 05, 2011, 04:58:03 PM
Who will win in Battle Spider v. Ant?  http://vimeo.com/13681269


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Xuri on May 05, 2011, 05:04:46 PM
That's an Australian ... spider, they are ... deadly and ... bite. My Australian cousin was bitten by one once.
My brain filtered out the rest of the words in your post.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on May 05, 2011, 06:13:06 PM
That's an Australian ... spider, they are ... deadly and ... bite. My Australian cousin was bitten by one once.
My brain filtered out the rest of the words in your post.

Well played  :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Fordel on May 05, 2011, 07:20:08 PM
Who will win in Battle Spider v. Ant?  http://vimeo.com/13681269



Always a bigger fish!



My question is how does a palm sized spider get INSIDE your house? Invest in some window screens or something!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on May 05, 2011, 07:31:22 PM
My question is how does a palm sized spider get INSIDE your house? Invest in some window screens or something!

Or a shotgun. Fuck tupperware.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on May 05, 2011, 07:43:15 PM
I'd tell you how but I imagine you want to sleep tonight.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Fordel on May 05, 2011, 07:48:14 PM
It's fine, I'm in Canada, the winter kills them all before they get bigger then a quarter.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on May 05, 2011, 08:17:06 PM
They're flat and can squeeze into incredibly tight spaces. Wolf Spiders aren't nearly as flat and they can get into some pretty tight places. I've had a few squeeze right down into the 1/8" gap sealed by the weatherstripping of my front door to try and come inside in the fall.  There's a few pictures out there of Huntsmen squeezing behind clocks or other objects you and I think of as "tight to the wall"

http://www.asktheexterminator.com/spiders/Huntsman_Spider_printer.shtml

So, since houses have tons of seams everywhere (foundation, sill plate, brick joints, window cracks, doors) they can squeeze inside so long as they find a hole or a path through your wall.

Fun fact I learned recently: Some species, like the Jumping Spider, see in the UV range. (hell, it might be all of them because I know the ones that hunt scorpions also see in UV - scorpions glow in UV light) So they're probably seeing holes you and I aren't.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: ghost on May 05, 2011, 08:51:00 PM
Spiders I can handle, but roaches are not cool.

With all your talk of hunting I figure you'd just blast the little fuckers into oblivion, regardless of insect genre.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Strazos on May 05, 2011, 09:21:37 PM
Crazy spider was doing some Flash-type nonsense...was he wrapping the ant in webbing as he circled?  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on May 05, 2011, 09:22:08 PM
Spiders I can handle, but roaches are not cool.

With all your talk of hunting I figure you'd just blast the little fuckers into oblivion, regardless of insect genre.


Screw the gun, you could possibly miss. Better safe than sorry...
(http://loyalkng.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/flamethrower.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Fordel on May 05, 2011, 09:28:27 PM
Yea, there ain't no cracks in my house that big, those would let the winter in!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on May 05, 2011, 09:33:14 PM
Heh. Sure.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on September 30, 2011, 01:44:25 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/1vcZA.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: luckton on September 30, 2011, 02:41:50 PM
Crazy spider shit

 :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on October 01, 2011, 01:00:12 AM
 :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Teleku on October 01, 2011, 03:08:10 AM
What ever country that gif is from, we need to NUKE IT IMMEDIATELY.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on October 01, 2011, 03:36:18 AM
That makes me think of Fallout 3 for some reason. I like spiders, but I have limits. That pic is over those limits.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on October 01, 2011, 06:37:24 AM
*note to self: always lift the lid first before sitting down   :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on October 01, 2011, 07:21:19 AM
Australia, I'm guessing.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on October 01, 2011, 05:09:35 PM
Wtf are those, I was hoping Recluse spiders, but they don't look the part.  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on October 02, 2011, 11:15:02 PM
Recluses are like 1/100 the size of those spiders. They're tiny.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on October 03, 2011, 05:57:44 AM
I'd wager Huntsman spiders.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on October 03, 2011, 06:18:12 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCO56iyBXtU

 :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on October 03, 2011, 04:58:07 PM
I'd wager Huntsman spiders.
That's what I actually meant.  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on October 03, 2011, 05:05:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCO56iyBXtU

 :awesome_for_real:

FUCK. THAT.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on October 03, 2011, 05:50:45 PM
A cutie I stumbled upon around Gjesvær, Norway:

(http://gallery.mindriot.as/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=7650&g2_serialNumber=2)

(http://gallery.mindriot.as/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=7655&g2_serialNumber=3)

http://gallery.mindriot.as/main.php/v/Macro/Spiders/Araneus+Diadematus/


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on October 03, 2011, 08:02:46 PM
(http://ihatepeacocks.com/resources/image001wind_small.jpg)

I... I am good with most spiders but these things need to go extinct IMHO.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sand on October 03, 2011, 08:27:14 PM
Thats not a spider. Thats the scout for an alien invasion force.  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: IainC on October 04, 2011, 02:05:23 AM
Thats not a spider. Thats the scout for an alien invasion force.  :ye_gods:

From the first page of the thread (http://forums.f13.net/index.php?topic=15067.msg533604#msg533604):

This is my spider theory. It has so far withstood significant peer review.

Spiders are actually the remnants of a prehistoric alien invasion force which is why they so often elicit revulsion and even fear - deep down our lizard brain knows they don't belong here. They came from another, much larger planet where creatures were much smaller, through some reconnaissance errors they ended up invading the Earth where they found that the dominant life forms were too large to eat/subjugate. Since then they have been reduced to a life of scuttling around and pretending they don't care.

Other members of the family arachnidae also arrived with the main invasion fleet. Scorpions for example are not creatures at all but are armoured fighting suits for spiders. If it were possible to cut one open without triggering the self-destruct systems, you'd find a spider in the central cockpit operating it like a machine.

Every so often you'll be walking down a street with fallen leaves being blown around and you'll see the occasional leaf moving in the opposite direction to the others, this is no leaf but a scout craft from the mothership trying to make contact with the beachhead.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on October 04, 2011, 02:12:55 AM
You're right in that it isn't a spider. It's a solifugid, like the camel 'spiders' in Iraq. They're their own category of arachnid.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on October 04, 2011, 02:32:45 AM
You're right in that it isn't a spider. It's a solifugid, like the camel 'spiders' in Iraq. They're their own category of arachnid.
And it will eat your brains:

(http://craigslist.thingweb.com/WickedImages2/Wind-Scorpion-Jaws.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: lamaros on October 04, 2011, 05:25:24 AM
I thought the toilet gif was kinda cool. I will keep it handy on my phone in case I ever need to render my GF unconscious.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: luckton on October 04, 2011, 08:07:58 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/5HMrs.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on October 06, 2011, 03:44:47 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rABPA9LEp5c


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on October 06, 2011, 04:45:57 PM
That freaking cat was scarier than the spider in that video.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on October 09, 2011, 10:30:08 AM
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/33271127/tarantula55.gif)

While a bit somber, the end is amusing.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Fordel on November 03, 2011, 07:50:24 PM
Why not just let the cat eat it?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Count Nerfedalot on November 03, 2011, 10:23:11 PM
I'm generally of the live and let live school when it comes to spiders.  Surprising considering the year I spent in Sydney where the Redback (a variant of the Black Widow) in the stairwell wasn't even in the ballpark of dangerous compared to the Funnel Web in the garden.  I even followed with interest the approximately monthly newspaper articles about yet another poor soul who'd been bitten by yet another unknown-to-science spider sometime in the months prior to the report who had just died/was about to die/had just lost an entire limb to the poison and had little hope of surviving in the long run.  But here in Kentucky they are much tamer than that, with Black Widows and an extremely rare Brown Recluse being the only dangerous ones I'm aware of.

But the Countess has a zero-tolerance policy towards spiders of any stripe in the house and I'm the lucky one that gets to be the enforcer.  And we sadly have lots of the little (or not so little) trespassers. Mostly of the varieties we call "wolf" (little black hairy jumpers, legspan maybe an inch if they spread them but they always keep them curled under them) and "garden" (nondescript two-tone brown guys that commonly run one to two inches across). One of my proudest moments happened one weekend morning a while back when she woke me from a deep sleep shrieking about a HUGE spider I had to kill RIGHT NOW.  I was tickled to actually wake up fast enough that the first words out of my mouth were "how big?  Do I need a baseball bat or will a shoe do?"  and horribly disappointed that she didn't then and still doesn't appreciate the humor or sheer intellectual brilliance it took to come up with that so quickly after being woken up.  As it turns out, the shoe was overkill as it was just a 2-inch garden spider, not even the largest I'd evicted that week.  But by golly I was ready to take on whatever monster it was that had my fair damsel in such distress!  :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ratman_tf on November 05, 2011, 02:26:24 AM
I love how that mouse's paw pop up at the last second, like a drowning man.  :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on November 15, 2011, 07:20:55 AM
Surprising considering the year I spent in Sydney where the Redback (a variant of the Black Widow) in the stairwell wasn't even in the ballpark of dangerous compared to the Funnel Web in the garden.  

I had to swat one off my forearm, a redback that is, when I was in Byron Bay, Time stood still for about 10 seconds.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on November 15, 2011, 07:51:05 AM
Surprising considering the year I spent in Sydney where the Redback (a variant of the Black Widow) in the stairwell wasn't even in the ballpark of dangerous compared to the Funnel Web in the garden.  

I had to swat one off my forearm, a redback that is, when I was in Byron Bay, Time stood still for about 10 seconds.

If they are the same temperament as widows, you probably could have lifted it gently off your arm and placed it somewhere. They tend to be the least aggressive of the spiders that can fuck you up. That said, the 10 sec thing I think is standard fare for encounters like this.  :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Amarr HM on November 15, 2011, 12:16:49 PM
Ha possibly, I remember it being very small a lot smaller than I would have expected. I don't think I could have picked it up without pissing it off so I flicked him off & it attached a web to my arm and came flying back  :eek3:

This made everyone I was with, inlcuding me, jump around like panicked idiots. Some conversation stopper that was.



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on November 23, 2011, 09:56:56 PM
(https://chzgifs.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/funny-gifs-frost-spiders-are-real.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on November 24, 2011, 12:29:02 AM
Okay FUCK THAT.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on November 24, 2011, 03:26:58 AM
That's not a spider, that's a facehugger. :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: CaptainNapkin on November 24, 2011, 09:31:20 AM
Someone please tell me that thing is not real. So I can sleep again.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: murdoc on November 24, 2011, 09:50:28 AM
I'm not especially scared of spiders - but that gif horrifies me.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ironwood on November 24, 2011, 09:57:54 AM
Oh, he likes you, Burke.

 :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on November 24, 2011, 10:28:31 AM
With sound: http://youtu.be/2L6i_pcepUc


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mosesandstick on November 24, 2011, 10:42:13 AM
I know it's bad, but I can't stop laughing. Why would you have a knife?!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on November 24, 2011, 10:53:44 AM
He was only level 2 and nothing had dropped a sword yet.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ironwood on November 24, 2011, 11:02:09 AM
 :heart:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on January 30, 2012, 05:13:14 PM
Here's your next one perhaps, Rhyssa :)

Quote
An unexpected side effect of the 2010 flooding in parts of Sindh, Pakistan, was that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters; because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water took so long to recede, many trees became cocooned in spiderwebs. People in the area had never seen this phenomenon before. (Courtesy: National Geographic)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/402231_296300747078432_203742949667546_784153_142353772_n.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Rendakor on January 30, 2012, 06:40:49 PM
That is terrifying.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: cironian on January 30, 2012, 06:41:07 PM
 :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on January 30, 2012, 06:42:51 PM
Isn't that a BW from the spider thread? I know I've seen it before I'm just not sure if it's from here or elsewhere.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on January 30, 2012, 07:18:21 PM
People never saw that little girl again... only found her bucket.  :why_so_serious:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Miguel on January 30, 2012, 09:06:10 PM
That tree needs to be soaked in gasoline and cleansed with fire.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on January 30, 2012, 09:15:55 PM
You do realize that the trees in the background have webs in them too right? :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Rendakor on January 31, 2012, 12:23:34 AM
Isn't that a BW from the spider thread? I know I've seen it before I'm just not sure if it's from here or elsewhere.
I wouldn't know, I avoid the spider thread like, well, spiders.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: K9 on January 31, 2012, 04:56:19 AM
Isn't that a BW from the spider thread? I know I've seen it before I'm just not sure if it's from here or elsewhere.

I think so


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on January 31, 2012, 04:59:14 AM
Sorry for not checking every millimeter of the spider thread so you wouldn't have to discuss whether it's a BW or not. My cousin posted it on Facebook.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Bunk on January 31, 2012, 08:18:53 AM
That's ok, some of us don't check the spider thread at all. Ever.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on January 31, 2012, 08:49:09 AM
Some trees get that bad around here with tent caterpillars. I fucking loath those things.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on January 31, 2012, 09:32:01 AM
Ditto. They wreck the apple treee like theres no tomorrow.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: HaemishM on January 31, 2012, 10:09:17 AM
That tree needs to be soaked in gasoline and cleansed with fire.

Fuck it, drop a metric fuckton of napalm over the whole countryside just to be sure.

My skin is crawling just thinking about that shit.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on January 31, 2012, 10:11:18 AM
That tree needs to be soaked in gasoline and cleansed with fire.

Fuck it, drop a metric fuckton of napalm over the whole countryside just to be sure.

My skin is crawling just thinking about that shit.

But in other news, the flying insect population has dwindled into endangered species levels and mosquito populaitons have been eradicated.  :why_so_serious:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: HaemishM on January 31, 2012, 11:08:41 AM
I'm thinking it's a poor tradeoff. I'd rather be bitten by mosquitos than swarmed by mutant spider overlords.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on January 31, 2012, 12:58:46 PM
First they came for the flying insects, then they came for the mosquitos, then they came for US!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on January 31, 2012, 01:07:29 PM
First they came for the flying insects, then they came for the mosquitos, then they came for US!
Did you just godwin the Awesome Pictures Thread spider thread?  :why_so_serious:

edit: Whoa... that's some fancy modding.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on January 31, 2012, 01:47:03 PM
That tree needs to be soaked in gasoline and cleansed with fire.
Fuck it, drop a metric fuckton of napalm over the whole countryside just to be sure.
"Look, we realise you're having the worst floods in living memory, tens of thousands have died and your already poverty-stricken existence has been reduced to foraging for scraps with a bucket while your mother and father are listed among the missing, but now we just need to napalm the whole place because... spiders."


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: HaemishM on January 31, 2012, 02:01:59 PM
"You need me to evacuate so you can kill every spider in the metro area? How long do I need to be gone?"


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on February 02, 2012, 02:11:01 PM
Just going to leave this right here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4u6SEZlbPs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4u6SEZlbPs)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on February 02, 2012, 02:25:16 PM
The first thing I want to do right there is grab my macrolens and take pictures.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on February 02, 2012, 02:27:08 PM
Just going to leave this right here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4u6SEZlbPs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4u6SEZlbPs)

Umm...The widow was very pretty. I have a thing for those spiders.

As for the video though... that guy can fuck right off with that. I kept thinking wtf will happen if those two spiders start fighting?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on February 02, 2012, 02:29:14 PM
Just going to leave this right here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4u6SEZlbPs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4u6SEZlbPs)
NONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONO

Macro lens, fine.  ON YOUR HAND?!?!  NONONONONO


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: MuffinMan on February 02, 2012, 02:41:45 PM
I think judging by Rhyssa's reaction I will not be watching that video.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ghambit on February 02, 2012, 03:00:30 PM
This may be a BW, but screw it.  I found it fascinating, especially since I do battle with orb weavers every summer - and lose.

http://www.ted.com/talks/cheryl_hayashi_the_magnificence_of_spider_silk.html


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on February 02, 2012, 03:03:03 PM
This may be a BW, but screw it.  I found it fascinating, especially since I do battle with orb weavers every summer - and lose.

http://www.ted.com/talks/cheryl_hayashi_the_magnificence_of_spider_silk.html

Creepy woman... but I love that haircut.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on February 02, 2012, 06:27:56 PM
I kept thinking wtf will happen if those two spiders start fighting?
I like how the recluse kept climbing on the widow and it was visibly annoyed but didn't fight back.  I also found it amusing how his hand was webbed in places by the 2 of them (most likely the widow judging by how the silk looked).


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on February 23, 2012, 12:16:50 AM
Spider with green fangs on Easter Island. I don't know its name - this is from a fellow journalist who is currently on Easter Island.



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on February 23, 2012, 10:59:49 PM
Spider with green fangs on Easter Island. I don't know its name - this is from a fellow journalist who is currently on Easter Island.

Ha, cool.  It's a jumping spider of some sort, judging from the eyes.  And thankfully those aren't its fangs, those are chelicerae.  The fangs are folded up behind those mouth plates.  If the fangs were that big, it would be vaguely horrifying.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Slyfeind on February 29, 2012, 01:34:36 PM
She looks like she has buck teeth and is going "Huhuhuhu derp de derp huhu."

(I don't know if it's a she; I just assume all spiders I see are girls.)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on March 05, 2012, 05:52:26 AM
Mostly a fair assumption. Male spiders are generally tiny.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: fengzi597 on March 07, 2012, 04:00:54 AM
Spiders are awesome.I hope i can get a costume of spider.I have seen Jesse Tyler Ferguson wearing one in modern family.lol


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on March 07, 2012, 04:55:17 AM
(http://apejr.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Sesame-Street-Funny-Sign-WTF.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on March 07, 2012, 05:54:52 AM
http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/07/10598885-spiders-quick-to-rebuild-in-flood-ravaged-australia

 :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: IainC on March 07, 2012, 06:02:06 AM
There are some more photos of that here (http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-79551.html).

(http://cdn2.spiegel.de/images/image-324969-galleryV9-lnrn.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on March 07, 2012, 07:25:07 AM
Um.  Is that what I think it is?  And if so, why does Jesus hate Australia so much?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on March 07, 2012, 07:29:07 AM
Um.  Is that what I think it is?  And if so, why does Jesus hate Australia so much?
Well, Satan does need some place to live here on earth.  I figure Australia is right up his alley.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on March 07, 2012, 09:12:03 AM
If only we could harness their power for good...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on March 07, 2012, 09:13:19 AM
I want to run through that with a leaf rake and then go chase people.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on March 07, 2012, 11:45:19 AM
The funny thing is, the spiders aren't sticking around on those big blankets of web.  They're using them as launch platforms to fly away.  Anyone who's over there and worried about the stuff on the ground is going to be in for a rude surprise when the wind blows spiders all over them.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on March 07, 2012, 11:48:12 AM
The funny thing is, the spiders aren't sticking around on those big blankets of web.  They're using them as launch platforms to fly away.  Anyone who's over there and worried about the stuff on the ground is going to be in for a rude surprise when the wind blows spiders all over them.

 :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on March 07, 2012, 01:21:15 PM
Which makes me think of the perfect storm that would be that, combined with brooding wolf spiders with 100+ kids on her back, flying around in the wind, landing on people and releasing their brood. :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on March 07, 2012, 01:27:00 PM
Well fuck.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on March 07, 2012, 01:36:48 PM
Spider cluster bombs!  :drill:

Looking more at those pics... if there was a use and way to continuously output that amount of spider silk, I would love to see fields and fields of white stuff other than snow.  :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on March 07, 2012, 01:56:37 PM
I learned the other day that apparently some tarantulas make hissy noises when they move from their furry body plates rubbing against each other.  So on the upside, at least you'll hear them coming for you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNHK565cVe8&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNHK565cVe8&feature=related)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on March 07, 2012, 02:19:08 PM
I learned the other day that apparently some tarantulas make hissy noises when they move from their furry body plates rubbing against each other.  So on the upside, at least you'll hear them coming for you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNHK565cVe8&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNHK565cVe8&feature=related)


Tarantula people are just strange. Snakes, sure... I can go that far, but pet insects, even like that one that you could put a leash on... nah. That's just weird.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on March 07, 2012, 02:57:18 PM
Tarantulas are pretty cool.  Not enough that I'd put down the money and time to buy and care for one, but they look awesome and the more sedate ones don't give a fuck if you pick them up and just walk on your arm.  That's sweet.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: pxib on March 07, 2012, 06:38:45 PM
The trouble with tarantulas as pets is that there's a good chance they're male, in which case they won't live very long.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on March 08, 2012, 10:05:33 AM
There are some more photos of that here (http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-79551.html).

What this reminds me off is that those spiders where in the area before the flood, you just did not see them.



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Slyfeind on March 15, 2012, 09:54:19 AM
I learned the other day that apparently some tarantulas make hissy noises when they move from their furry body plates rubbing against each other.  So on the upside, at least you'll hear them coming for you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNHK565cVe8&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNHK565cVe8&feature=related)


Okay I think that belongs in the Cute Pictures thread.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on March 15, 2012, 10:15:14 AM
I learned the other day that apparently some tarantulas make hissy noises when they move from their furry body plates rubbing against each other.  So on the upside, at least you'll hear them coming for you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNHK565cVe8&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNHK565cVe8&feature=related)


Okay I think that belongs in the Cute Pictures thread.
I think you belong in a mental institution.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on April 06, 2012, 08:58:57 AM
(http://img.chan4chan.com/img/2011-06-10/a40c13a4ba3d3c15334773b76e93ce3b.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Paelos on April 06, 2012, 09:02:38 AM
It's Spider Zumba!  :drill:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on April 20, 2012, 12:59:37 PM
Yeah, you know, just a giant spider eating a snake.
http://www.geekologie.com/2012/04/oh-you-know-just-a-giant-spider-eating-a.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wd_U6obb9Ps


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on June 03, 2012, 09:42:48 AM
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/Tarantulas-invade-Assam-town-kill-two/articleshow/13753398.cms

Yeah... kind of NOT awesome..  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hawkbit on June 03, 2012, 12:52:27 PM
1.  I like to imagine that the spider on the keyboard authored the article.  It really brings it all together.

2.  WTF on the content.  "swarms of spiders suddenly descended from nowhere and started biting the people" is most likely my worst nightmare. 


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on June 13, 2012, 02:48:32 AM
Spiders self-castrate in fight for females (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-13/eunuch-spiders-fight-off-competition/4067866)  :ye_gods:

Quote
This had led to some scientists to speculate that spiders castrate themselves to create a "mating plug" that continuously transfers sperm to the female after the male is gone - and at the same time stops competing males from inserting their sperm.

But animal behaviour expert Daiqin Li from the National University of Singapore says other males can easily remove the mating plug, which called for other explanations for the emasculating behaviour.

One hypothesis is that castrated males are better fighters because they are not weighed down by their manhood and thus have more energy to fight off competing males.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: rk47 on June 13, 2012, 03:20:45 AM
*cuts off cock, gains +1 Agility*


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on June 13, 2012, 05:14:06 AM
*cuts off cock, gains +1 Agility*

...and a -4 to INT.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on June 13, 2012, 06:54:38 AM
I dunno, most blokes I know who think with their cocks aren't all that smart...

Maybe a +2 Wisdom would be more likely?  :why_so_serious:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on June 13, 2012, 09:55:09 AM
So ok... trying to follow the logic on this. Male spiders compete for female spider in order to pass on his genetics. However, the males with the best chances of competing with other males for that chance with the female spider is to lop off the sac containing the genetic material he is trying to pass on.  :uhrr:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on June 13, 2012, 03:41:47 PM
That appears to be common with a lot of male insects, the part doesn't need to be attached to continue producing sperm.

Male honeybees, for example, break it off in the queen upon successful mating and it continues to inseminate her for the rest of her life.

So I imagine the +1 agi spiders just shove it in after victory and prior to the female's feast.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on June 14, 2012, 12:24:02 AM
It's the ultimate cockblock.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Goumindong on June 19, 2012, 11:24:11 PM
So ok... trying to follow the logic on this. Male spiders compete for female spider in order to pass on his genetics. However, the males with the best chances of competing with other males for that chance with the female spider is to lop off the sac containing the genetic material he is trying to pass on.  :uhrr:

Its more like

Mate with female, cut off sac: Fight other males who are trying to take the sac out, so they can insert their own.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on June 28, 2012, 06:16:12 AM
I knew we'd have someone who could speak from experience.  :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on July 11, 2012, 08:58:18 AM
(http://polination.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/funny-pictures-of-a-spider-hidden-behind-your-bed-coming-back-for-revenge.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mrbloodworth on July 11, 2012, 01:14:42 PM
That went right to my Facebook. Incoming girlfriend aggro.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on July 11, 2012, 08:25:34 PM
That went right to my Facebook.
As much grief as I get for posting spider pictures to mine, I think I'll save it for a more opportune time...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: angry.bob on July 12, 2012, 06:42:35 PM
I don't know why, but I think jumping spiders are cute in almost any context. I almost wish we had these (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oRRBPdM6Wc&feature=player_detailpage#t=36s) here in Ohio. Since it looks like it belongs on Deathworld, I'll just assume it's from someplace in Australia.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on July 12, 2012, 08:31:36 PM
I don't know why, but I think jumping spiders are cute in almost any context. I almost wish we had these (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oRRBPdM6Wc&feature=player_detailpage#t=36s) here in Ohio. Since it looks like it belongs on Deathworld, I'll just assume it's from someplace in Australia.

Fantastic... and I agree.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on July 13, 2012, 08:30:15 AM
I don't know why, but I think jumping spiders are cute in almost any context. I almost wish we had these (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oRRBPdM6Wc&feature=player_detailpage#t=36s) here in Ohio. Since it looks like it belongs on Deathworld, I'll just assume it's from someplace in Australia.

Fantastic... and I agree.

Distribution: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on July 13, 2012, 09:20:20 AM
That is an awesome spider.  I want one.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on July 22, 2012, 10:54:30 AM
Peacock spider's love dance (http://youtu.be/E-nmeYirsvA). Yes, he actually does tap that abdomen.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on July 22, 2012, 12:41:45 PM
Really cool.  Thanks for sharing!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on August 10, 2012, 08:23:59 AM
I'M WARNING YOU, DO NOT LOOK AT THE SPOILER.



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on August 10, 2012, 08:44:56 AM
Well... at least it was a jumping spider. The cuteness dilutes the fright.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cadaverine on August 10, 2012, 06:15:56 PM
 :ye_gods:

This would be the part where I begin my new life, living in a hermetically sealed bubble.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on August 10, 2012, 08:09:21 PM
I bet lice were no issue for those five days!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on August 13, 2012, 04:17:47 PM
I am oddly unaffected, but 2 days ago I handled a (for German standards pretty big) spider with my BARE HANDS. I was so proud of myself.  :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: IainC on August 13, 2012, 04:20:49 PM
I'm failry sure that there's a TUV standard for when a spider can be counted as 'pretty big'.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on August 13, 2012, 04:44:41 PM
I'm failry sure that there's a TUV standard for when a spider can be counted as 'pretty big'.
Tempted to post a link, but a quick google image search points to an european black and yellow garden spider.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on August 13, 2012, 06:17:12 PM
Looks like our Banana Spiders.  I'm so proud of you, Helm!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on August 13, 2012, 08:04:11 PM
Hate those god damn things... Not because the spider creeps me out, but they would purposely build their webs right where all the paths I used to play on were around my grandmother's country house. Those webs never seem to come out of your hair or mouth.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hawkbit on August 13, 2012, 10:45:46 PM
I considered hiking the Appalachian trail a few summers ago, but the horror stories of the spiders on the path ultimately drove me off.  Apparently by halfway through you are so tired of trying to knock them down that you just walk through them and clean off every few hours. 

I can walk for 16 hours a day, but I wouldn't walk for 16 seconds through a bunch of spiders.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on August 14, 2012, 04:37:37 AM
I can walk for 16 hours a day, but I wouldn't walk for 16 seconds through a bunch of spiders.
Great, another thing I can scratch from my "to do" list.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: murdoc on August 14, 2012, 09:12:55 AM
Anything bigger than my thumbnail is too big of a spider, so I guess I can never leave Canada.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: SurfD on August 14, 2012, 09:30:28 AM
Anything bigger than my thumbnail is too big of a spider, so I guess I can never leave Canada.
Probably shouldnt go too far up north then, either.  Some nice big Dock Spiders and the like up in Northern Ontario :P


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on August 14, 2012, 07:48:29 PM
I've found the best way to combat my arachnophobia was to research spiders and get somewhat up close and watch them.  It helps since we have black widows of the giant variety everywhere.  I also let a cellar spider hang out in the corner of a room in my house and then noticed what appeared to be gnats in the web and was proud of myself for letting a spider do its thing and catch the bugs in the house.  Except it wasn't gnats, it was about 500 spider babies.  Oops.  Preggers spider and her brood all over the wall.

Rhyssa would enjoy me posting more black widow and huge critter pictures I bet...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on August 15, 2012, 06:34:10 PM
I've found the best way to combat my arachnophobia was to research spiders and get somewhat up close and watch them.  It helps since we have black widows of the giant variety everywhere.  I also let a cellar spider hang out in the corner of a room in my house and then noticed what appeared to be gnats in the web and was proud of myself for letting a spider do its thing and catch the bugs in the house.  Except it wasn't gnats, it was about 500 spider babies.  Oops.  Preggers spider and her brood all over the wall.
:ye_gods:

Rhyssa would enjoy me posting more black widow and huge critter pictures I bet...
:mob: :mob: :mob: :mob: :mob: :mob: :mob: :mob: :mob: :mob:

DIAF!  Those pics freak me out usually, especially with how casual you are about them.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on September 02, 2012, 09:09:25 AM
I'M WARNING YOU, DO NOT LOOK AT THE SPOILER.

[spoiler]
Doctors remove spider hiding in woman’s ear canal (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/doctors-remove-spider-hiding-woman-ear-canal-195029859.html)


The same thing actually happened to my mother when she was young, and caused her lifelong Arachnophobia... which she cured by watching the film Arachnophobia :)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Evildrider on March 02, 2013, 05:27:32 PM
(http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7011/6459054777_6666d237d7_m.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Venkman on March 02, 2013, 05:35:00 PM
Babies are not cute. Sorry dude.

Sure they are. Well, some of them are. But you're never allowed to say which ones  :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: calapine on March 02, 2013, 05:36:08 PM
(http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7011/6459054777_6666d237d7_m.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/EfxZePd.png)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Evildrider on March 02, 2013, 05:52:15 PM
I thought posting something, not really cute, posing with a teddy bear made them cute?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: calapine on March 02, 2013, 06:10:38 PM
Rule of thumb: If there is a horror film about it, it's not cute!

example: --> Arachnophobia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachnophobia_(film))


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on March 02, 2013, 06:58:23 PM
Is this more cute?

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/868747/Spider%20on%20Bear.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Paelos on March 02, 2013, 07:00:18 PM
Rule of thumb: If there is a horror film about it, it's not cute!

example: --> Arachnophobia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachnophobia_(film))

and yet bats...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Evildrider on March 02, 2013, 07:45:07 PM
Rule of thumb: If there is a horror film about it, it's not cute!

example: --> Arachnophobia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachnophobia_(film))

Horror movie:  Bats. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bats_(film))


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Evildrider on March 02, 2013, 07:46:27 PM
Is this more cute?

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/868747/Spider%20on%20Bear.jpg)

Ommmmmggggzzz Soo Cute!  I love how he's giving the teddy bear kisses on the forehead and gently caressing his eyeball.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on March 02, 2013, 07:53:06 PM
.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on March 02, 2013, 08:08:06 PM
Rule of thumb: If there is a horror film about it, it's not cute!

example: --> Arachnophobia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachnophobia_(film))

Horror movie:  Bats. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bats_(film))

(http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTMzNzM3Njc1OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNjY4NTc5._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on March 03, 2013, 11:03:34 AM
Wrong thread!  Sorry!  Hope I didn't offend.



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on March 18, 2013, 12:37:16 AM
Oddly appropriate, apparently the only place you can avoid Bat eating spiders is Antarctica (http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/16/17339831-bat-eating-spiders-are-everywhere-study-finds#comments).

Quote
There's only one place in the world to escape bat-catching spiders: Antarctica. These arachnids ensnare and pounce on bats everywhere else in the world, researchers say.

...

Giant webs
Approximately 90 percent of known bat-catching spiders live in the warmer areas of the globe, in the third of the Earth surrounding the equator. About 40 percent live in the neotropics — the whole of South America, and the tropical regions of North America — while nearly a third live in Asia and more than a sixth live in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Eighty-eight percent of the reported cases of bat catches were due to web-building spiders, with giant tropical orb-weaving spiders with a leg-span of 4 to 6 inches seen catching bats in huge, strong orb-webs up to 5 feet wide.

In instances seen in Costa Rica and Panama, the spiders had built their webs near buildings inhabited by bat colonies. Bat-catching via spiderwebs was also witnessed particularly often in the parks and forests of the greater Hong Kong area. Future research may investigate whether the huge webs that sometimes block the entrances of tropical bat caves in east and southeast Asia and the neotropics may occasionally snag any members of the giant swarms of bats that emerge from the caves at night. [Photos: Creepy, Crawly & Incredible Spiders]

The other 12 percent of cases of spider kills of bats were from spiders that hunt without webs. For instance, tarantulas were seen eating small bats in tropical rainforests in Peru and eastern Ecuador and on the forest floor in northeastern Brazil. A reddish parachute tarantula (Poecilotheria rufilata) was also seen predating on a small bat in Kerala, India, while a huntsman spider (Heteropoda venatoria) was observed capturing and killing a small bat in a shed near Kolkata, India. An attempt by a large fishing spider (Dolomedes triton) to kill a bat pup was also witnessed below a bridge in Indiana.

The victims
Most bat prey of spiders are small or juvenile insect-eating bats, and usually are among the most common bat species of their areas. Bats entangled in webs were usually 4 to 9.5 inches in wingspan, including some of the smallest species of bats in the world, and they sometimes died of exhaustion, starvation, dehydration or overheating — but there were many cases where spiders were seen actively attacking, killing and eating these victims.

Picture from the article, from Japan, of spider with bat in web.



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: KallDrexx on March 19, 2013, 07:19:19 AM
Meanwhile, in Brazil, spiders have taken over an entire town (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/11/meanwhile-in-brazil-spiders-have-taken-over-an-entire-town/)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Paelos on March 19, 2013, 08:47:04 AM
Heh the description of raining spiders got me.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ironwood on March 19, 2013, 09:01:25 AM
Holy fucking shit, Sir T, that thing is horrifying.

I MUST SHOW THE WIFE !!   :why_so_serious:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Teleku on March 20, 2013, 04:09:11 PM
 :ye_gods:

I'm happy I got sent to Poland, where anything poisonous will freeze to death 9 months out of the year.  Giant fucking insects and killer snakes scare the fucking hell out of me.


I'm just waiting for them to send me to the Congo or something next.   :oh_i_see:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on March 20, 2013, 11:40:29 PM
I got bit by yet another spider.  Again.  This time on my forearm and lower leg.  I was advised it was probably a black widow judging by the marks and swelling (which is what it was last time).  And there isn't anything they can do about it.  I'd post pictures of them, but I'm pretty sure no one wants to see overly large black widows in their nests ;-)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on March 21, 2013, 09:08:19 AM
I got bit by yet another spider.  Again.  This time on my forearm and lower leg.  I was advised it was probably a black widow judging by the marks and swelling (which is what it was last time).  And there isn't anything they can do about it.  I'd post pictures of them, but I'm pretty sure no one wants to see overly large black widows in their nests ;-)
I, for one, am grateful you've not subjected me to those photos on FB recently.  I'll stick to seeing pics of your car-works-in-progress.  :grin:

Hope the bites aren't too bad.  What is the treatment for getting bit by a black widow, anyways?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on March 21, 2013, 09:17:22 AM
Fire.  Lots of fire for the widows.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on March 21, 2013, 09:23:05 AM
Grit your teeth and bear through it in most cases...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on March 21, 2013, 10:41:17 AM
I'm just waiting for them to send me to the Congo or something next.   :oh_i_see:

Northern Territory, Australia.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Teleku on March 21, 2013, 05:12:01 PM
Nope, we only have Consulates in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and then of course the embassy in Canberra.  Which are all far away from that area, so I'd be safe from that danger zone if they sent me there next tour (spoiler: they wont).


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Nevermore on March 21, 2013, 06:10:11 PM
Spiders are cute!



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on March 21, 2013, 06:32:32 PM
I hear the call!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on March 21, 2013, 07:23:06 PM
Hope the bites aren't too bad.  What is the treatment for getting bit by a black widow, anyways?
Not horrible fortunately.  Swelled up about 8" in diameter on my arm while my leg fared better.  Contrary to what everyone says about black widows and their poison, the nurses and doctors I've consulted said unless you have an allergic reaction they pretty much don't do anything for them except recommend OTC topical cream for the affected areas and lots of water to flush your system out.  And that most of their bites are painful but no lasting damage or anything other than being annoying after a few days.  Pain is gone, just a bit of minor itching in places.  And it's down to only 4" in diameter ;-)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Count Nerfedalot on March 27, 2013, 07:44:00 PM
Nope, we only have Consulates in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and then of course the embassy in Canberra.  Which are all far away from that area, so I'd be safe from that danger zone if they sent me there next tour (spoiler: they wont).

Funnel Webs are native to urban Sydney.  You DO NOT want to mess with a funnel web spider.  The redbacks (black widows) are tame in comparison.  Not to mention docile compared to the lunging aggressive leap a foot or so to better drive their fangs into you because they're really annoyed at humans stomping around on their turf funnel web spiders.  If bit, get to a hospital in less than an hour (in Sydney traffic no less) or shuffle off this mortal coil.  I don't fear spiders in general, but let's just say I have a very healthy respect for the funnel webs.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on March 27, 2013, 08:16:53 PM
Apparently the males are 7 times more venomous than the females, a lot smaller, and you are far more likely to encounter the males as they are generally out and about looking for females, who generally stay in their funnels. They are also far more aggressive. Have fun!

Heres a pic of a female Sydney funnel spider. This was 2 and a half inches long. If I was any good at Gifs I'd add a cylon or knight rider red light to this one.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharkjames/78345637/

(http://farm1.staticflickr.com/40/78345637_2c8554052d_z.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on March 27, 2013, 08:27:39 PM
Why do I click on this thread? It's so horrible.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on March 27, 2013, 08:36:17 PM
Because it's awesome. :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on March 27, 2013, 09:07:17 PM
Heres a pic of the male Sydney funnel web in warning posture



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Nevermore on March 27, 2013, 09:17:57 PM
Was it the giant fangs that gave it away?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on March 28, 2013, 11:08:59 AM
Quote
When biting, the funnel-web spiders maintain a tight grip on their victim, often biting repeatedly
:ye_gods: :ye_gods: :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on March 28, 2013, 11:24:00 AM
Quote
When biting, the funnel-web spiders maintain a tight grip on their victim, often biting repeatedly
:ye_gods: :ye_gods: :ye_gods:

Just to be sure you know...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on March 28, 2013, 11:27:32 AM
Maybe they just love humans so much they don't want to let go.



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on March 28, 2013, 11:30:36 AM
Maybe they just love humans so much they don't want to let go.


That one just might be out of bounds even for RK.  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on March 28, 2013, 11:33:28 AM
That one just might be out of bounds even for RK.  :ye_gods:

Added a NSFW tag, just i case someone actually is stupid enough to click that link.

(Thank you for suffering along with me though, my binary friend)


Title: I'll just leave this here...
Post by: VainEldritch on April 04, 2013, 06:57:56 AM
New "face-sized" venomous spiders found in Sri Lanka:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-04/3/giant-tarantula

FUCK THAT

 :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: tgr on April 04, 2013, 07:19:12 AM
Aww a cute facehugger. :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: VainEldritch on April 04, 2013, 08:25:20 AM
Aww a cute facehugger. :grin:

Nuke that fucker form orbit - it's the only way to be sure.

 :angryfist:

*heads for the Sulaco*


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on April 04, 2013, 11:32:47 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/vqnwKZf.jpg)

Gorgeous!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on April 06, 2013, 06:47:14 AM
Not to mention the latin name is awesome; Poecilotheria Metallica.  :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on April 27, 2013, 08:13:45 PM
(http://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/399779_10152792227670010_371608905_n.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on April 27, 2013, 10:41:31 PM
Bull fucking shit. I would put that thing on a spike outside my front door as a warning to his kind and all like him. Then when I thought there might be more watching, I would light his corpse with a blow torch and dance around it singing praises to whatever passes for an anti spider god. And I'm not even arachnophobic. Spiders just aren't from this planet.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on April 28, 2013, 10:05:52 AM
Aww come on, how could you say no to these eyes.

(http://ih3.redbubble.net/image.7408608.7176/flat,550x550,075,f.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on April 28, 2013, 11:54:06 AM
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQi-uRL1K4hNsa6TulDtuOmosnnRxhLjk_LMopPMolqntii2X3K)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Samwise on April 28, 2013, 01:48:26 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/I3kda84.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on April 28, 2013, 10:14:38 PM
Ah, I just remembered this video about the Huntsman Spider (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCO56iyBXtU).


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on April 29, 2013, 01:12:22 AM
(http://www.lolwtfcomics.com/upload/uploads/1321842636.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on May 01, 2013, 10:09:35 AM
And now for something completely different! 

(http://i.imgur.com/80eYRzU.jpg)

I put it here because I figure the same people who are terrified of cute little spideys will be even more terrified of cute little scorpions so putting it in the awesome thread might make they cry real tears.  Also, I think that scorpion just ate a spider.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on May 01, 2013, 05:39:45 PM
That's cool. Wonder if the blue is nicely iridescent.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Rasix on May 01, 2013, 05:42:46 PM
NO. BAD. 

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/82533/killitwithfire.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on May 01, 2013, 06:37:32 PM
Remember: Scorpions glow green in UV light. It's weird.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Rasix on May 01, 2013, 06:44:29 PM
Yes, I suggested that to my in-laws, whose house has a problem with scorpions.   

"We don't want to know just how many there are.  Really."

I'm pretty sure they have a nest somewhere in their backyard.  Just thinking about using a black light out there gives me the willies.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on May 03, 2013, 12:14:42 AM
Just you writing those sentences gives me the willies.  Spiders....I mean, I don't really like big nasty spiders, but one or two of the small ones can kinda be considered cute if you squint a little.  SCORPIONS CAN JUST GO FUCK THEMSELVES, EVERY GODDAMNED ONE OF THEM. 


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on May 03, 2013, 05:40:56 AM
(http://img.pandawhale.com/post-13823-Scorpions-are-nature-s-way-of-yfGh.jpeg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on May 03, 2013, 05:39:31 PM
(http://blog-imgs-31.fc2.com/z/o/i/zoidsocean/isa_ch262343s6jn8d88659.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: murdoc on May 03, 2013, 06:08:55 PM
Yes, I suggested that to my in-laws, whose house has a problem with scorpions.   

"We don't want to know just how many there are.  Really."

I'm pretty sure they have a nest somewhere in their backyard.  Just thinking about using a black light out there gives me the willies.

A scorpion problem!? Fuck no.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on May 03, 2013, 08:03:11 PM
(http://www.thedailylink.com/ebay/poster_ebay.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on May 03, 2013, 09:42:41 PM
That green one is crazy looking.  I bet it's extra special poisonous.  I don't really understand the one that seems to be made of sauerkraut. 


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on May 03, 2013, 10:12:37 PM
Sometimes I wonder what Australia did to piss Gaia off so much.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hawkbit on May 03, 2013, 10:25:33 PM
(http://blog-imgs-31.fc2.com/z/o/i/zoidsocean/isa_ch262343s6jn8d88659.jpg)

I had totally forgotten about those toys.  I think I had one or two, awesome!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: angry.bob on May 04, 2013, 12:00:28 AM
That green one is crazy looking.  I bet it's extra special poisonous.  I don't really understand the one that seems to be made of sauerkraut.  

Scorpions glow bright green under a blacklight bulb. Just like those crazy stoner posters from the 70's. It's an easy way to find them if you want to catch them to keep or sell. The sauerkrauty ones look likes it's a big wad of babies on their mother's back. Or possibly a wad of freshly molted ones. I've decided that a group of scorpions should be called a wad.

For extra irony I bet that none of the scorpions native to Australia are medically significant, contain every nutrient you need for a healthy diet, and taste splendid with pleasant texture after cooking them over a campfire.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on May 04, 2013, 08:41:34 AM
Oh, that's right.  Someone else mentioned why they glow.  I think "wad" is perfect.  I never ate a scorpion but I did eat a big black beetle once.  It was right in front of me and didn't move.  You'd think it would move if it didn't want to be eaten.  When I picked it up, it started flapping it's arms and legs about as if to say, "eat me! eat me!"  So I did.  Yum.  Anyway, once you've been picked up and you're headed for a four year old mouth, it's just too late.  Good times.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Teleku on May 04, 2013, 01:49:36 PM
(http://www.woosk.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/scorpions.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on May 09, 2013, 04:02:31 PM
Scorpions are completely non aggressive and want nothing to do with people.  Seriously, scorpions are giant pussies.  In those weird Japanese bug fight videos, the scorpions spent the whole time trying to run away, only pausing occasionally to flail their tails at the other bug before running some more.  As long as you aren't stepping on one or trying to grab it or something else similarly stupid there's just about no chance that it'll sting you, and even if it does only a tiny fraction of scorpions are actually a threat to a human.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Rasix on May 09, 2013, 04:11:27 PM
Luckily we have bark scorpions in Arizona.  They are poisonous.  

I've known several people that were stung.  Mostly when a scorpion crawled on them while sleeping.  Plus, they have the inconvenient tendency to crawl out of drains, surprising you while you're washing your hands or taking a shit.l Of course they aren't going to charge you like some sort of rabid bulldog, but it doesn't make me feel great having a venomous creature around that stings you because "well shit, I'm already here.  huehuehuehue".  Plus, cats can be allergic and cats will try to kill anything smaller than they are.

So, yah, fuck em.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on May 09, 2013, 05:04:24 PM
I found more black widow nests.  And my house has cellar spiders all over it that I'm discovering while I'm packing to move.  While I'm thankful that the spiders are taking care of (aka eating) the crane flies and mosquitoes while allowing me a chance to view all the carnage, I'm really glad to be leaving this spider house.  Fortunately there hasn't been any spider sex with 1000 babies crawling all over the wall like last year...

I'd post pictures but people get mad when I do.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on May 09, 2013, 07:50:05 PM

I'd post pictures but people get mad when I do.

This is the damn spider thread, post the carnage.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on May 09, 2013, 11:03:22 PM
Yeah, no shit. I hate em but observing the nasty things is therapeutic.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on May 10, 2013, 11:46:45 PM
Pics. Naow.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on May 11, 2013, 12:11:44 AM
I think I posted some of these a while back, but whatever.  Black widows in the spider thread are what everyone wants to see!

(http://www.slyagent.com/widow1.jpg)

(http://www.slyagent.com/widow2.jpg)

(http://www.slyagent.com/widow3.jpg)

(http://www.slyagent.com/widow4.jpg)

(http://www.slyagent.com/widow5.jpg)

(http://www.slyagent.com/widow6.jpg)

(http://www.slyagent.com/widow7.jpg)

Video of said widow killing June Bug (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM45CYZ-kPk).

I'm sure I'll find more when I go through the photo collection again.  And I'll probably take some more in the next few weeks.

2 more I forgot!

This was one huge and fast little guy:

(http://www.slyagent.com/crazy.jpg)

My arm 1 week after a black widow bit me:

(http://www.slyagent.com/bite.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: SurfD on May 12, 2013, 04:37:14 AM
Australia has such awesome things.

I give you, the Peacock Spider:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GgAbyYDFeg

advance to 2:40 or so in the video where the real show begins.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on May 12, 2013, 09:24:32 AM
Ok, that's a cute lil fucker.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on May 12, 2013, 11:17:15 AM
Holy shit. Try to get a date and the crazy bitch eats you instead.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on May 12, 2013, 10:53:30 PM
Sounds like the kind of women I keep meeting...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Count Nerfedalot on May 15, 2013, 10:22:06 PM
Looking at those black widow pics, I was suddenly struck by the fact that I was actually surprised to see that they eat bugs.  I somehow kinda assumed their preferred prey was something more impressive, like dogs or kids or elephants or something.  I mean, I guess if I'd thought about it I would have realized they ate bugs. But I guess I just never really felt inclined to think too much about their eating habits. or something. 

Wish I had a pic of the one I included in my middle school insect collection (carefully labelled as NOT AN INSECT) but with a leg span at almost 2.5 inches (6+cm) across it was too impressive not to include. I found it in the back yard while collecting lacewings and moths and butterflies and beetles and turned over a log in a wood pile and HOLY COW LOOK AT THAT THING!!!  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: calapine on May 15, 2013, 11:11:15 PM
Eek. Was it dead? And if not how did you kill it without mashing it into a pulp?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Count Nerfedalot on May 16, 2013, 04:30:41 PM
it was quite alive, but not for long. I was collecting bugs and had a mayonnaise jar with something in it (naptha maybe?) for killing them so I just scooped her up, screwed the lid down tight and waited till the wiggling had stopped.  For a couple of days.  :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on May 22, 2013, 04:13:29 PM
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m640a623tB1rydbvlo1_500.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: KallDrexx on May 25, 2013, 10:20:20 AM
So in my back yard there's a small bushtree-thing that's about 4 feet tall.  I looked at it and there are about 7-8 different spiders that have made webs in various parts.  I'm not one who is scared of spiders in most cases, but then I looked at one closely.  It was a black spider with what looked almost like an hour glass.  I freak the fuck out, take a gardening wall thing (4 foot long piece of wood) and start trying to destroy it (who knows if I even did, I probably just broke the web and it swung to another part of the tree.

Later I find out that 1) black widows have red marks, not bright neon orange and 2) they don't like the sun much.  So most likely I freaked out for no reason but hey, I regret nothing.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on May 25, 2013, 11:41:59 AM
From what I have read, Widows are kinda pussies in terms of biting. They won't unless all other avenues are null and even then, the bite is usually not fatal. However, I'd recommend just using a spider killing spray and target specific spiders. Widows don't jump and don't move all that fast so spraying them is pretty easy and they die pretty quickly when doused.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on May 26, 2013, 12:37:05 AM
Do not spray jumping spiders however. You will regret it. Usually.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on May 26, 2013, 01:10:34 AM
Widows don't jump and don't move all that fast so spraying them is pretty easy and they die pretty quickly when doused.
I disagree.  When it is warm out widows move almost light speed to hide themselves.  If it is cold they tend to be sluggish.  And the bites are rarely fatal, mostly just painful (see previous picture of me getting my arm bit).  Although orange and not red can signal widows, widows spin a specific type of silk that is very distinct and definitely do NOT like the sun (they can't see well and when shadows flash around them they tend to flee).  Not that it couldn't have been a widow, but when it usually is it's pretty obvious.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Count Nerfedalot on May 28, 2013, 08:59:58 PM
If it's a shiny black hairless spider with long spindly legs I figure it's safest to assume it's a widow.  Some widows (or their close and also poisonous relatives) have orange or red-and-white markings, not always hourglass shaped. And sometimes the marking is only on the bottom and since you only usually see them from the top...

You can probably get away with spraying jumping spiders too, as long as you hold a flame in front of the can while spraying!  :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on May 29, 2013, 11:00:40 AM
Later I find out that 1) black widows have red marks, not bright neon orange and 2) they don't like the sun much.  So most likely I freaked out for no reason but hey, I regret nothing.
Around here we have a lot of these dark greenish-black orb web-weavers with the neon orange markings outdoors.  Probably one of those.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: KallDrexx on May 29, 2013, 07:12:31 PM
Around here we have a lot of these dark greenish-black orb web-weavers with the neon orange markings outdoors.  Probably one of those.

We have some orb weavers supposedly.  I haven't seen their markings, since i only see them at night, but they always form massive (and I mean massive) webs in the middle of my yard at night and they are always gone by the morning.

Half the time I know cause I accidentally run into the web while trying to get my dog to stop barking.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on May 29, 2013, 07:17:23 PM
We have some orb weavers supposedly.  I haven't seen their markings, since i only see them at night, but they always form massive (and I mean massive) webs in the middle of my yard at night and they are always gone by the morning.
Female European Orb Weavers were infesting my previous house and that was exactly their MO.  They do spin some pretty webs even if they were quite inconveniently placed in front of my porch and mailbox...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Count Nerfedalot on May 29, 2013, 08:02:12 PM
Orb weavers are not poisonous to my knowledge, at least not the North American ones.  Widows don't really make very pretty webs, and certainly not strung up across the garden path or anything so public.  They make messy irregular almost cobwebby webs in out-of-the way places.  I've found them in wood piles, in an old unused garbage can, under rocks and logs, under the workbench or amongst the clutter in low shelving, etc.  Basically you usually have to move something to find a black widow.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on May 29, 2013, 11:52:47 PM
Which makes you wonder why they're so damn poisonous. What is so wily that it takes a tiny critter that much juice to kill it dead? What don't we know about that they're eating...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on May 30, 2013, 05:41:10 AM
I'd imagine because instantly killing a victim is much less dangerous to a fragile spider. I don't think widows are all that durable and a fight with another insect that is larger or more aggressive would probably mean death for the widow. Then again, I am just guessing here.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Bzalthek on June 18, 2013, 05:01:23 PM
Too much talky

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10657011/grassmoving.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: lamaros on June 20, 2013, 10:21:31 PM
(http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/4771242-3x2-940x627.jpg)

It's been raining again.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Fordel on June 20, 2013, 10:27:51 PM
Are those the communal spiders again?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on June 21, 2013, 12:49:20 AM
It's lots of little spiders trying to survive a flood. I think in Wagga, NSW, Australia.

(edit) Actually no it's right now in Gippsland, Victoria http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-21/veil-of-spider-webs-cover-gippsland-after-heavy-rain/4771202


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on July 25, 2013, 08:05:03 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/vcGRiP1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uzSRksE.jpg)
It's an Orange Tortoise Spider.  It's very cute so it probably jumps.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on July 26, 2013, 06:41:35 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/vcGRiP1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uzSRksE.jpg)
It's an Orange Tortoise Spider.  It's very cute so it probably jumps onto your face and lays its eggs in your eyeball.

Fixed.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on July 31, 2013, 06:32:59 AM
Had a very quick go at focus stacking this morning. This is blended from 6 shots, hand-held and shot through glass, so it's a bit rough, but just a test of Photoshop's built-in focus stacking tools really. Lovely big orb weaver outside my study window :)



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on July 31, 2013, 07:16:10 AM
Very nice detail shot of her!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on July 31, 2013, 07:26:36 AM
Wow, that's awesome.  Now I have to go read-up on what the hell focus stacking is .


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on July 31, 2013, 09:20:04 AM
Wow, that's awesome.  Now I have to go read-up on what the hell focus stacking is .


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on July 31, 2013, 10:14:52 AM
Focus stacking is where you take multiple shots, gradually changing the focus between each one. Then you use software to layer them and pick the most in-focus bit from each image and create a final image with much greater depth-of-field than each individual photo. I should have got the tripod out but I was just testing so I didn't bother, which is why it's a bit blurry in places :)

Here's one of the 6 shots from the stack that made that pic above:



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on July 31, 2013, 03:57:37 PM
Focus stacking seems like cheating.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mosesandstick on July 31, 2013, 03:58:43 PM
That's absolutely brilliant Apoc.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on July 31, 2013, 04:01:36 PM
Yeah I looked it up right after I asked. Nifty and now I'm thinking of trying it via stealing your Legoman technique for "shit, what's something small I can photograph?"

Focus stacking seems like cheating.

Most Digital/ Photoshop techniques seem like cheating, TBH, but that's the world we live in now!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on July 31, 2013, 04:06:02 PM
Yeah in my day we worked with toxic chemicals that we breathed in and absorbed through our skin all day AND LIKED IT.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ironwood on July 31, 2013, 04:22:30 PM
Yeah in my day we worked with toxic chemicals that we breathed in and absorbed through our skin all day AND LIKED IT.


And we called it a hobby.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on July 31, 2013, 04:31:39 PM
Hehe yeah been there, done that. My first real (i.e. full-time) job before I went to uni was as a rostrum camera & E6 technician. Rostrum cameras were basically large, precision cameras that you used to re-photograph slide film and do effects with. It was how photo manipulation was done before it all went digital. E6 processing was the chemical processing of slide film.

You would not believe the kind of effects we could achieve with just analogue methods. The group I was working with just did simple advertising work, but the same effects were the basis of all the special effects in films before digital technology - matting, reshooting, layering, etc. Star Wars, Alien, etc, were all shot using these techniques.

Digital technology just makes it easier and faster really.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on July 31, 2013, 04:32:32 PM
Actually I really miss those days. There was something amazingly satisfying about the simple skill involved in analogue effects.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Slayerik on July 31, 2013, 10:41:17 PM
Do you get bonus points if you spell it Analogue over analog?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on August 01, 2013, 12:44:49 AM
Do you get bonus points if you spell it Analogue over analog?

While there is some relation, there appears to be differences.

Analogue (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/analogue)

Analog (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/analog)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on August 01, 2013, 02:32:26 AM
I'm British, it's how we spell it :)

Plus, I know analogue's probably not the right word, I just couldn't think of what the right word actually was. Still can't. Um... traditional? Physical? Non-digital? Having a brain-fart.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on August 01, 2013, 02:43:19 AM
"Optical".


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Margalis on August 01, 2013, 02:47:33 AM
"Practical effects" is the term you're looking for. (As opposed to visual effects)

<"The more you know" jingle plays in background>


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on August 01, 2013, 03:14:28 PM
Yeah., those both sound better than analogue, thanks  :awesome_for_real:

That spider has, since I photographed it, caught and eaten at least 3 Daddy Longlegs (Crane flies) so I'm fully expecting it to be roughly the size of a pigeon before too long...  :uhrr:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on August 02, 2013, 10:25:55 AM
I hate the word "sausage".

Just sayin'....


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on August 02, 2013, 11:21:42 AM
I hate the word "sausage".

Just sayin'....

This is why some people respond to your posts in a creepy manor.

But really, some people should just have more self control.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on August 02, 2013, 11:36:57 AM
Maybe...  but I LIKE sausages, I just hate the word.  It sounds nasty.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on August 02, 2013, 11:38:40 AM
Maybe...  but I LIKE sausages, I just hate the word.  It sounds nasty.

Then just use the term meat cylinder...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Paelos on August 02, 2013, 11:55:02 AM
Encased meats.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on August 02, 2013, 02:23:34 PM
This is why some people respond to your posts in a creepy manor.

Who is posting from a haunted house? I demand to know!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on August 02, 2013, 02:53:34 PM
Yeah, because asking friends and family over to barbecue Italian hot meat cylinders would sound so much better!   :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Paelos on August 02, 2013, 03:10:05 PM
Hot links?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on August 02, 2013, 03:30:19 PM
No.  I'll just grit my teeth and say "sausage".  If I stopped saying all the words I don't like, there would be huge gaps in my conversations.  I'm sure everyone has words they dislike.  I bet some hate the word "spider" and, yet, they still peek in this thread.  Speaking of which:

(http://i.imgur.com/GlqfrHE.jpg)
Just weird, no?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on August 02, 2013, 05:12:09 PM
What is that one? Never seen anything like it.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ghambit on August 02, 2013, 06:51:46 PM
Damned crappy camera-phone focus (had it right on the spidey yet it still focused to the pole).  Anyways, garden variety Florida female banana spider (largest spider in n. america that's not a tarantula) I saw on campus.  Fully grown, the size of my hand... guarding an egg sac w/food stores.  Beautiful arachnid, but they do indeed bite.  Albeit the bite is pretty weak.  Kind of a repeat in this thread; so what.



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: IainC on August 02, 2013, 07:20:02 PM
Sequin spider.

(http://i.imgur.com/PywJVal.jpg)

More pics from the same photographer here (http://sgmacro.blogspot.com.es/2013/07/transformation-of-mirror-spider.html).


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on August 02, 2013, 08:02:38 PM
What campus is that out of curiosity?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: angry.bob on August 05, 2013, 02:40:51 AM
Sequin spider.

(http://i.imgur.com/PywJVal.jpg)


It's very pretty, but I don't see having a disco ball for an abdomen coupled with fitting perfectly into a bird beak being good survival traits.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on August 14, 2013, 03:14:17 AM
This is the same spider as I posted before, but taken with a mobile phone. Nexus 4 has a decent lens (good macro!) but a totally crappy sensor :/

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/31210803/misc/2013-08-14%2008.57.24-1.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on August 15, 2013, 07:43:44 AM
That's a lovely photo Apoc.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on August 16, 2013, 01:01:18 AM
Cheers. I should have got a proper camera out but the framing only worked if Horace (that's it's name, might be a girl spider, doesn't matter) was in that exact spot and s/he was kinda active. Besides, it's shot through 2 layers of old, dirty window pane, mobile phone was good enough :p


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Yegolev on October 18, 2013, 03:18:55 PM
SIZE



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on October 18, 2013, 04:42:14 PM
SIZE

you do realize fire is an option, right?  I mean, it's a pool filter, the water will keep the flames from spreading too far.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on October 18, 2013, 04:55:27 PM
Those fat crickets are way grosser.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Yegolev on October 19, 2013, 09:28:27 AM
There was probably a dead mouse in there as well.  There is at least one inferior spider in the background as well.  Sorry about the quality, I used my phone.

The creepiest part was regarding the beetle that you can barely see the rear of, underneath Mommy Wolf.  It had been on the handle in front of her and she was sort of stroking it with a foreleg.

I have a can of spider spray that the manufacturer HELPFULLY decided to decorate with a large and super-realistic picture of a spider, which I have covered with masking tape because I ALWAYS think there's a big fucking spider on the can of spider spray.  Anyway, I spray this into the skimmer.  45 seconds later everything except the beetles and Mommy are dead.  SPRAY.  More death.  SPRAY.  Mommy drops the sack and gives me the finger.  SPRAY.  I go in the house.  Ten minutes later, she's STILL KICKING so SPRAY.  I abandon the site for about an hour.  When I come back... she's gone.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on October 19, 2013, 09:32:36 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/4k3KQaq.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on October 19, 2013, 12:18:19 PM
At that size there's just not going to be enough poison in those cans. They're meant for normal sized arachnids and insects.  You're going to need fire or to man-up and squish it if you want it dead.  Just understand you're going to HEAR its carapace crack when you squish it.

A .22 or air rifle is also an option.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Yegolev on October 21, 2013, 01:37:47 AM
I've popped several black widows around the same skimmer, since I'm too lazy efficient to run all the way into the house to get some spray, but the trick is getting them out.  Guarding the handle makes it difficult.  I'm not too excited about shooting anything toward a pool with a vinyl liner, either.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: proudft on October 21, 2013, 01:49:06 AM
I'm guessing you don't own a baseball bat?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on October 21, 2013, 01:49:35 AM
I try to make allowances for peoples' personal squicks and all, but man, you killed a completely harmless spider who couldn't have gotten that big if she hadn't been totally cleaning house for you.  That one spider probably accounted for pounds of roaches and other vermin around your place that actually were a threat to your health.  I can get behind squishing widows and other dangerously venomous spiders, but killing a wolf spider is just a waste of nature's perfect anti-bug machine.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Yegolev on October 21, 2013, 02:09:20 AM
I have a few baseball bats but they are tactically unsuited to that particular application.  Much like the air rifle.

Also, please believe me that there is absolutely no shortage of spiders of any variant around my house.  I let most of them live, even the enormous one I saw today that must have eaten a literal half pound of leafhoppers this summer.  However I had to clean out the skimmer and I wasn't going be able to do it with that thing in there.

If you don't live where I do, you probably think you know what I mean when I say there are a lot of spiders, but you don't.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on October 21, 2013, 03:32:48 PM
I think growing up in the woods has made me spider-proof, bug-proof and small rodent-proof.  I'm not scared of loads of things.  I'm afraid of serial killers except maybe the really sexy ones like Dexter.  Thanks in advance for not starting a Serial Killers are Awesome thread.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Evildrider on October 21, 2013, 09:31:32 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/oFXv6CL.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on October 23, 2013, 12:56:35 AM
If someone had played that prank on me, it would result I would knock him out cold.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on October 23, 2013, 04:37:20 AM
It was a her and she was blonde. She's safe.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on October 23, 2013, 06:23:34 AM
Pretty sure that would not have saved her.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Evildrider on November 08, 2013, 04:31:59 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/3nqWXph.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Paelos on November 08, 2013, 06:23:26 PM
NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE  :uhrr: :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Evildrider on December 20, 2013, 12:07:27 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/k4TeYtr.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on December 20, 2013, 01:24:41 AM
It's like Charlotte's Web :awesome_for_real:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Triax on December 20, 2013, 01:33:35 AM
I don't consider myself arachnophobic and even that one squicked me out, gotta say...

(http://media.giphy.com/media/JYr4VRt2gJEKA/giphy.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on December 20, 2013, 09:44:33 AM
I wonder if most people are freaked out by spiders?  It seems that way.  A lot of people I know are freaked out by common bugs, too.  It doesn't seem to matter how often they see spiders and bugs, it never lessens.  I used to think they didn't bother me because I grew up in a very woodsy area and there were just bugs and spiders everywhere but now I'm not so sure.  I'm beginning to think I'm just really really brave and very nearly mostly everyone else is just a big giant pussy.  What about Australians?  I can't imagine how awful it must be to have a fear of creepy crawlies and other stuff when you risk death every time you wear flip flops.  And you guys who live in places like New Mexico and Arizona.  FFS, they have fleshy coloured centipedes the size of pick up trucks!  So how can a little spider the size of the tip of your thumb creep you out so much?  What exactly is it about them that's so horrible?  Some of them are even tiny and cute, although the tiny cute ones are usually venomous.  Just ask Australia.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on December 20, 2013, 10:17:13 AM
Those are daddy longlegs but I guess your question is valid. Arachnophobes have some wierd brain stem issue with the whole legs and eyes configuration of a spider that isn't easy to verbalize.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on December 20, 2013, 12:08:27 PM
Yeah, but Engels, there are SO many people who are afraid of spiders that I think it would make people with Arachnophobia the normal and people without it abnormal.  It just seems like there are more people who are scared of them than not scared.  Or is this just my perception being outré?  Which, in fact, is very mega super possible.

Edit because I spelled Engels wrong.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on December 20, 2013, 11:20:11 PM
It seems to be more common than not.

I do kind of get it, since roaches freak me out to an unreasonable extent, but only them.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: angry.bob on December 22, 2013, 07:24:43 AM
I wonder if most people are freaked out by spiders? 

iI think so. Spiders have a lot characteristics that should trigger "keep the fuck away" survival instincts. They move fast, move unpredictably, move silently, have venom, have huge fangs in relation to their size, bite unpredictably, actual threat completely unrelated to size, are often unseen until they're very close, and the list keeps going. Other than we both live on the same planet we have nothing in common that we can relate to that could help mitigate our instincts.

Spiders completely violate my one-inch rule for pets. Anything that's first instinct is to eat me if I were shrunk to one inch tall should never be a pet.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on December 22, 2013, 10:29:39 AM
Your cat would probably accidentally step on you, anyway.

When I lived in Santa Fe I was given a tarantula for a present.  I loved him.  He was soft and tickly and sweet.  I accidentally killed him with a pencil.  :( 


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on December 22, 2013, 05:04:33 PM
I accidentally killed him with a pencil.  :( 
Not that I want to unbury traumatic memories, but how did that happen ?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Hawkbit on December 22, 2013, 08:12:57 PM
As they grow, they become extremely fragile.  We have some friends with a few tarantulas and the largest is ~6inches toe to toe.  I don't personally go over when the spiders are out, but they tell me that a one foot drop will split her body and kill her instantly.  One of the most amazing things about them is the 30-40 year lifespan.  Buying one as a pet is an extreme commitment. 

Personally, I'd rather pet a rabid bobcat riding a python than one of those things.  But who am I to judge?   


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on December 23, 2013, 03:08:37 PM
Tarantulas are ironically delicate.  That whole 'how come there aren't bugs the size of dogs' question is answered by tarantulas: the limits of structural integrity without a skeleton is strained to the breaking point once you reach tarantula size.  As much as people would totally lose their shit over a tarantula in the room, they actually sort of suck compared to other spiders.  They're too heavy to climb up steep surfaces like other spiders, so they have web glands in their feet to stick to things instead.  They're too big and relatively slow to run down prey like wolf spiders, they can't jump, they don't weave big webs to snare things.  And their primary defense against humans and big things is flicking their hairs off at whatever frightens them in the hopes that their irritating hair will make the thing go away.

That said, I still very much want to hold a tarantula.  By all accounts I've heard, they're very soft and gentle when walking around on a person, which sounds sweet.  Not going to buy one just for that purpose, however, and nobody I know owns one, so thus far it is an unrealized dream.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on December 23, 2013, 03:38:25 PM
That said, I still very much want to hold a tarantula.[...] so thus far it is an unrealized dream.

And here I thought people who fantasize about being eaten by someone or something are weird. Get help.


 :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Kitsune on December 24, 2013, 12:53:33 AM
Well not like a pissed off tarantula that's liable to try to bite me, of course.  But as far as giant buglike things go, tarantulas are pretty much king of the hill, and I like big awesome bugs.  I caught a giant millipede as a kid, that thing was great.  They're impressively big and utterly harmless, and the rippling motion of all those teensy legs when they walk is something I could just watch forever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOQJG4lik-8


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on December 24, 2013, 10:08:12 AM
I accidentally dropped the pencil, point down, it got nicked it and a few days later it died.  I think it got infected or something.  Spiders aren't particularly hearty.

As a kid, I didn't have luck with small mammals, either.  I guess living in a woodsy area you play with everything you find and some things really aren't meant to be played with.   Stupid people used to give us live presents, too, because we had a lot of space outdoors.  Stupid people.  We all got chickies for Easter one year.  We loved them and we named them.  One day when we (by "we" I mean me, my sister and my cousin, Donna) came home from school, they were all dead and we were expected to pluck.  I plucked Susan.  Also, little tiny turtles do NOT pop out of their shells like they do in cartoons.  No matter how hard you pull.  :(  I WAS FOUR! 

I was good with dogs, cats, most birds, cows, goats, sheep and horses, though.  Stuff like that.  By the time I got my goldfish home from the church fair, it was already upside down in it's little plastic bag. 

This post is one giant frowny face.  Happy Xmas.  (http://i.imgur.com/pRbsr1T.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on December 24, 2013, 10:40:30 AM
Your avatar is very appropriate for that story.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: calapine on January 06, 2014, 10:59:35 PM
Strange ball of hair turns out to be a ball of harvestmen. :grin:

https://vine.co/v/h9PBY0Z2DIz


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: pxib on February 10, 2014, 10:13:46 PM
(https://31.media.tumblr.com/47455705667c1ee38cb85ffa3d40b0e8/tumblr_mk84q3a1m31ru1lyao1_500.jpg)

Bloodworth?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Selby on February 11, 2014, 12:17:33 AM
I could have taken the same picture in several different places at my job ;-)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on February 11, 2014, 12:20:57 AM
If not pulling that lever meant people might die, I am afraid to say that people would die.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Ingmar on February 11, 2014, 01:23:15 AM
If that was a toilet handle, that would be one of the bathrooms at my high school many years ago. The grossest one.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: angry.bob on February 11, 2014, 01:16:31 PM
If not pulling that lever meant people might die, I am afraid to say that people would die.

Just run back to the fire and grab a piece of something that's on fire. Then kill it with the fire.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on March 29, 2014, 12:27:52 PM
Nightmare gif.  :ye_gods:



Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on March 29, 2014, 01:30:16 PM
Nightmare gif.  :ye_gods:

:ye_gods:

 :mob:

Fuck, that made me jump.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on April 30, 2014, 02:49:16 PM
Meet cebrennus rechenbergi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHo32JrkDRk) the cartwheeling spider (and it's mechanical cousin).

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/cartwheeling-spider-discovered


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Draegan on May 11, 2014, 11:12:23 AM


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: pxib on May 13, 2014, 05:04:41 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/ogCXIc6.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on May 14, 2014, 09:42:37 AM
How romantic. :heart:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: RhyssaFireheart on May 28, 2014, 10:55:59 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/F3M1XoE.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on May 28, 2014, 05:48:27 PM
I've always thought those guys were cool. Those and the ones that throw their web. Unless and eight legged freaks thing happens, then they suck.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: lac on June 01, 2014, 04:25:02 PM
Sometimes you just have to become the new you.
(http://29nowi3x6xa62rtb0q199oo913a2.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/time-lapse-of-molting-spider-crab.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cadaverine on June 01, 2014, 04:51:58 PM
Creepy, but it's a crab, from the look of the pincers on the front legs.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Mosesandstick on June 02, 2014, 01:13:08 PM
Spider crab!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: angry.bob on June 04, 2014, 11:53:37 AM
Spider crab!

That's just what the Crab Spiders want you to keep thinking. Then they strike!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on June 04, 2014, 05:32:05 PM
Just you wait till some crab is bitten by a radioactive spider...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Severian on June 06, 2014, 11:29:00 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/lL9NO7M.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on June 06, 2014, 11:44:39 AM
Why does that spider appear to have like 20 legs?  BURN IT WITH FIRE.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on June 06, 2014, 11:52:57 AM
On some of the species most of their legs face forward and the palps by their mouths look like legs so they look like they have 10 legs instead of 8.

https://insects.tamu.edu/images/insects/color/trapdoor.jpg


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on July 12, 2014, 11:45:23 AM
(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/t1.0-9/10500415_877734195580926_4738988261815007251_n.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on July 17, 2014, 11:50:10 PM
Malaria outbreak in Japan? In fucking March?

That bullshit is a pic from Pakistan, with the Pakistani person cropped out (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/pictures/110331-pakistan-flood-spider-trees-webs/).


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on July 18, 2014, 07:57:23 AM
Malaria outbreak in Japan? In fucking March?

That bullshit is a pic from Pakistan, with the Pakistani person cropped out (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/pictures/110331-pakistan-flood-spider-trees-webs/).
But it was a picture on the internet with words, it must be true.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on August 31, 2014, 11:59:21 AM
Soldiers freaking out over spider in their dorm (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQRKjoAr_q8)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: angry.bob on September 03, 2014, 11:36:31 AM
Soldiers freaking out over spider in their dorm (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQRKjoAr_q8)

WHen the one soldier grabbed his M16 at the 0:01 mark I thought this video was really going to deliver. Still, though it was fun to watch him slamming the butt of the stock on the floor while he held it by the barrel and pointed at his head.

Camel Spiders are serious business though. They're no venomous but it's like being bit by double vice-grips with finishing nails welded on as fangs. Plus their fangs are dirty as hell.

(http://blog.nus.edu.sg/lsm1303student2010/files/2010/04/Camel-Spider-Jaws.jpg)

They're also really aggressive. It would help if they kept their room in order though.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on September 03, 2014, 11:47:23 AM
They're also really aggressive. It would help if they kept their room in order though.

Seriously. That was the first thing I thought about as these guys were dancing around throwing shit.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on September 03, 2014, 06:32:31 PM
Ooh, its wearing lipstick!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on September 10, 2014, 05:36:31 AM
Pretty sure that's blood.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Raph on September 13, 2014, 01:46:44 PM
Just happened to stumble across this. What a tarantula leaves behind when it sheds.

http://imgur.com/dgnFJl3


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on September 15, 2014, 01:22:46 AM
DO NOT WANT.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Count Nerfedalot on September 19, 2014, 06:13:57 PM
so, looking at the structural mechanics of that thing, I'm imagining a tiny little cthulu-headed man driving it  :why_so_serious:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: DavidJones on September 22, 2014, 10:24:41 PM
Why did I click on this thread :s


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: K9 on September 29, 2014, 07:03:51 PM
Not a spider, but in the same ballpark

A giant leech eats a giant worm that's the same size as itself. (http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/giant-red-worm-eating-leech-filmed)

This is not something to watch if you've just eaten, or are just about to eat, or are thinking about food. But equally, it's a great example of nature being fucking awesome!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cyrrex on September 30, 2014, 04:05:39 AM
I'm not going to watch it, but it reminds me of a nature show on bullfrogs I saw once.  Bullfrogs are goddamn disgusting, and we should all be thankful they are not bigger than they are.  The frog in question ate a frog only slightly smaller than itself, and I have never seen something so disgusting. 


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on September 30, 2014, 09:10:57 AM
That was some great footage.  Makes me curious about the series.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on October 15, 2014, 09:21:31 PM
Spider removed from man's chest after burrowing into skin (http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/bali-spider-removed-from-bunbury-mans-chest-after-burrowing-into-skin/story-fnhocxo3-1227092448314)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on October 15, 2014, 09:44:27 PM
Spider removed from man's chest after burrowing into skin (http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/bali-spider-removed-from-bunbury-mans-chest-after-burrowing-into-skin/story-fnhocxo3-1227092448314)
Oh fuck no. I doubt I could have survived the urge to cleanse myself with fire.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: apocrypha on October 16, 2014, 02:57:24 AM
Spiders are awesome. But I'm not clicking on that fucking link in a million years.  :ye_gods:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: angry.bob on October 17, 2014, 06:17:37 PM
"The spider left a trail of weeping blisters from the belly button to the collarbone as it deposited venom and fed under the skin".  

I used to think it was the fauna of Australia that caused shit like this, but I'm starting to think it may just be Australians interacting with nature anywhere. Bonus points for how unconcerned the guy seemed. Like "Well, the little fella was only burrowing through my flesh and eating a little tunnel. It's not like he was as bad as any of the spiders back home".

Also, what the fuck Balinese doctors. "Yeah, that two foot long blistering red strip up our torso is totally some sort of bug bite or something. Here's some ointment.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Goumindong on October 18, 2014, 02:13:35 AM
Can someone make a thread entitled "the spider thread is now safe" when the spider thread is safe again?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: NowhereMan on October 18, 2014, 02:57:46 AM
Also, what the fuck Balinese doctors. "Yeah, that two foot long blistering red strip up our torso is totally some sort of bug bite or something. Here's some ointment.

Indonesian doctors. They probably heard some bogan complaining about a weird red spot and gave him some ointment while pretending to look because if it was serious he'd be being carried in by someone else and also he was probably drunk. Doctor's busy why should he have to take time with someone just because they think they've got a medical issue?

(caveat, some medical staff in SEA are great but the ast majority are kind of resentful and getting distracted from their newspaper/phone, delete as age appropriate)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on October 19, 2014, 07:27:25 PM
Puppy-sized spider surprises scientist in rainforest (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/goliath-encounter-puppy-sized-spider-surprises-scientist-in-rainforest/)

(spider thread is not safe yet)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Rishathra on October 20, 2014, 09:06:51 AM
Quote
When Naskrecki approached the imposing creature in the rainforest, it would rub its hind legs against its abdomen. At first, the scientist thought the behavior was "cute," he said, but then he realized the spider was sending out a cloud of hairs with microscopic barbs on them. When these hairs get in the eyes or other mucous membranes, they are "extremely painful and itchy," and can stay there for days, he said.

That scene from Prometheus just became more plausible to me.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: calapine on October 20, 2014, 10:32:27 AM
Quote
When Naskrecki approached the imposing creature in the rainforest, it would rub its hind legs against its abdomen. At first, the scientist thought the behavior was "cute," he said, but then he realized the spider was sending out a cloud of hairs with microscopic barbs on them. When these hairs get in the eyes or other mucous membranes, they are "extremely painful and itchy," and can stay there for days, he said.

That scene from Prometheus just became more plausible to me.

Seems to be a scientist with brain damage. I mean, there is even a Wikipedia entry about this: Urticating hair (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urticating_hair)

Notice the bald spot, hair shot away in defense:


(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/30/Brachypelma_smithi%2C_urticating_hairs.JPG)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Evildrider on October 23, 2014, 09:45:44 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10299114_10152819981239802_159591744084508337_n.png?oh=987612c6b8d6747238f127ace7dfb7d7&oe=54B5CDDA&__gda__=1425537456_3ed3f6e373bbd903d047b9eb3cc1d302)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on November 25, 2014, 06:10:49 PM
It has been a month without a spider pic. Too long.

So, feast your eyes on the Golden Weave Orbweaver, from Australia, a Spider so large it can feed on birds and snakes.

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/s600x600/10169396_978629332158078_6880583611233320579_n.png?oh=ac62dcbb826f05cafa42eb78de606508&oe=54DE6A27)

Oh, you would you like some video? Here it is!

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/spider-versus-snake

Quote
Oh, Australia: home to everything completely horrifying about the natural world (except volcanoes, surprisingly enough).

A Golden silk orb-weaver spider can grow up to 5-6.9 cm (2-2.7 in) in body length, not counting the span of its legs. They spin strong yellow webs that are very large and can reach a meter in diameter. A large, strong web can mean only one thing: large, strong prey. These spiders don’t waste their time with the smallest insects and have been known to feed on birds and snakes.

Daniel Reardon happened to come across a brown tree snake about half a meter long that fell out of a tree and into the Golden orb spider’s web. These snakes eat birds, lizards, and small mammals, so it is a fairly formidable opponent.

The fight lasted for about an hour before coming to this horrifying conclusion:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j65i5PDUeT4

Enjoy!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on November 25, 2014, 08:45:40 PM
Just to properly terrify everyone, golden orb-weavers occur on most continents.  They're all over the South where we call them Banana Spiders.  We usually had a couple in the backyard each year when I was growing up.

Though really, that picture is shot in such a way the perspective makes it look a lot bigger than it really is.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Phildo on November 26, 2014, 09:07:17 AM
Though really, that picture is shot in such a way the perspective makes it look a lot bigger than it really is.

Shh, don't try to un-terrify me!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Paelos on November 26, 2014, 09:16:56 AM
If I saw one of those things in a corner of my bedroom I'd just shut the door and move.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on November 26, 2014, 11:25:31 AM
Its 'I have a snake' big. That's already in the 'run screaming in terror' level of big for me.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on November 26, 2014, 11:50:06 AM
Its 'I have a snake' big. That's already in the 'run screaming in terror' level of big for me.

Yes BUT... that snake is about the size of a pencil. Sure it is still a snake... but I fear the other picture of the spider with the small bird.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on November 26, 2014, 01:01:13 PM
The article said that the Snake is half a meter long. That's a big pencil.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Torinak on November 26, 2014, 06:13:11 PM
Just to properly terrify everyone, golden orb-weavers occur on most continents.  They're all over the South where we call them Banana Spiders.  We usually had a couple in the backyard each year when I was growing up.

Though really, that picture is shot in such a way the perspective makes it look a lot bigger than it really is.

The ones we had in the Midwest were very pretty. The gold markings were iridescent on some--very striking when the sun was at the right angle.

None were big enough to be "scary" in my book. Only a couple of inches across at most, quite a bit smaller than some of the common giant house spiders we find every week or two in our house (Pacific Northwest), and those aren't an issue either.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Yegolev on March 13, 2015, 02:05:17 PM
These are not spiders but this is the correct thread for the following:

https://vine.co/v/h9PBY0Z2DIz


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on March 13, 2015, 07:24:38 PM
ITS ALIIIIIIVE!!!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: KallDrexx on March 15, 2015, 06:20:44 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/4SSdDvW.png)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: KallDrexx on April 30, 2015, 09:39:31 AM
I'll just leave this here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rorJCGF1aM&feature=youtu.be)  :why_so_serious:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on May 05, 2015, 04:15:00 AM
Well, that certainly cured his single Wolf spider problem  :why_so_serious:

She was probably carrying them on her abdomen, rather than them coming out of her.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on May 07, 2015, 02:26:44 PM
Spiders Ingest Nanotubes, Then Weave Silk Reinforced with Carbon (http://www.technologyreview.com/view/537301/spiders-ingest-nanotubes-then-weave-silk-reinforced-with-carbon/)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: ezrast on May 07, 2015, 02:32:26 PM
You am play gods!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: angry.bob on May 07, 2015, 10:54:16 PM
Spiders Ingest Nanotubes, Then Weave Silk Reinforced with Carbon (http://www.technologyreview.com/view/537301/spiders-ingest-nanotubes-then-weave-silk-reinforced-with-carbon/)


Quote
"This leads to mechanical hardening of teeth, jaws, mandibles, ovipositors and to an enhancement of silk toughness."

God damn it science, stop doing that. Try it with silk worms, I'm considerably less concerned about those with carbon hardened  jaws, mandibles, and ovipositors. Fucking spiders stabbing their ovipositors into your chest and laying eggs in your lungs...

(http://static.fjcdn.com/gifs/Oh+you+want+gifs+source+is+the+mist_6b1d71_5125096.gif)

Thanks science. Thanks a lot.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Merusk on May 07, 2015, 10:57:09 PM
Just wait until we start growing them larger to harvest more silk.  Then the genetic lab where some secret cabal is developing animal hybrids has a disaster..

I always said modern science was how we'd get D&D being reality.   :grin:


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Paelos on May 08, 2015, 08:38:50 AM
There's going to be an island somewhere that specializes in this. And gets overrun. And then the video game starts.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: pants on May 14, 2015, 04:11:15 AM
Only in Australia.  Raining spiders. (http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/raining-spiders-in-goulburn-entirely-possible-scientist-says-20150514-gh1guf.html)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Paelos on May 14, 2015, 08:31:14 AM
Quote
"They can literally travel for kilometres … which is why every continent has spiders. Even in Antarctica they regularly turn up but just die," he said.

Good, good. We have a plan.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on May 14, 2015, 02:05:22 PM
Only in Australia.  Raining spiders. (http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/raining-spiders-in-goulburn-entirely-possible-scientist-says-20150514-gh1guf.html)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/868747/Nope.gif)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Engels on October 08, 2015, 12:43:00 PM
More Australian problems (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci1vn2iJ7fc)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cadaverine on October 27, 2015, 02:22:01 AM
Spidernauts (http://space.io9.com/what-happens-when-you-send-a-spider-to-space-1737153982?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow). 


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on October 27, 2015, 10:04:26 AM
You know what that means.

We are not safe even if we leave Earth...


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Lantyssa on October 29, 2015, 08:43:58 AM
What's fascinating is that they learned.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on October 29, 2015, 09:37:53 AM
What's fascinating is that they learned.

(http://i.imgur.com/3ng8cZA.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on April 11, 2017, 10:35:37 PM
RIIIISE

New type of spider found in Mexico.

(https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/san-diego-natural-history.jpg?quality=80&strip=all&strip=all)


There’s a really gross, massive new spider for you to have nightmares about
Rob WaughRob Waugh for Metro.co.ukTuesday 11 Apr 2017 5:24 pm
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There’s a really gross, massive new spider for you to have nightmares about
Quote
Just in case you’d got used to all our current spiders, here’s a really massive, alarming new one for you to have nightmares about.
Sean Spicer claims 'even Hitler didn't sink to using chemical weapons'

Thank us later.

The gigantic, hairy, venomous creature is all-new, too – it’s an unknown species, found in a cave in Mexico, and is an impressive four inches wide.

Researcher Michael Wall of the San Diego Natural History Museum says, ‘This is the type of spider that a lot of people would shriek and run from.They’re pretty meaty.

The spider is related to the famous Brazilian ‘erection spider’ – but isn’t as likely to kill you, or give you a fatal hard-on.

‘The odds of discovering a new species are pretty high. Generally new species discovered are itty-bitty things that people don’t pay attention to, so given the size of this spider, that was surprising.’

The scientists found the spider after seeing their exoskeletons in a grotto in the Cacachilas – then finding living specimens nearby.

‘Once we knew that they were in these dark, reclusive places, we started targeting those and ended up finding more of them.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/04/11/theres-a-really-gross-massive-new-spider-for-you-to-have-nightmares-about-6568827/#ixzz4e0EIEsvn


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Tale on October 05, 2017, 10:42:25 PM
Bark spider. Borneo.

(https://i.imgur.com/yvQJ15H.jpg)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Der Helm on October 09, 2017, 05:03:40 PM
Found this fucker staring at me when I went to work today.

(https://i.imgur.com/LhQr0Iv.jpg)

edit for clarity:  Not my hand, not my spider, looked up "Winkelspinne" on GIS


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Pennilenko on October 10, 2017, 06:09:56 AM
No


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: MisterNoisy on October 20, 2017, 06:07:09 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/Socbp93.jpg)

Spotted taking shelter from the rain a month or so ago.  It was remarkably cool with having a phone hovering a few inches overhead.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Severian on November 08, 2017, 09:12:19 PM
Pretty!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Trippy on July 07, 2018, 01:36:26 PM
Spiders fly using electricity (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/the-electric-flight-of-spiders/564437/?single_page=true).

tl;dr Some spiders can take advantage of the electrical charge differential between the ground (negatively charged) and the air (positively charged) to launch themselves into the air with the help of their silk.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on July 07, 2018, 02:10:52 PM
Thanks, that's really neat!


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on July 07, 2018, 03:59:54 PM
Thought this was cool...

https://i.imgur.com/CyRxUsI.gifv


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Signe on July 20, 2018, 11:31:45 AM
Late, but that was very cool to watch, 010!101010!1one01.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sky on July 23, 2018, 11:55:52 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms2klX-puUU


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: TheWalrus on July 24, 2018, 03:07:07 AM
That hasn't gotten any better with age.


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Cadaverine on April 26, 2019, 10:13:45 AM
(https://img-9gag-fun.9cache.com/photo/aPYn53Q_700b.jpg)\

Something from Australia that won't kill you stone dead in 3 seconds. (https://9gag.com/gag/aXYeBoD?ref=fbp&fbclid=IwAR2i2OsN9K53XVFXsKykFr5dgOape_wj-fz1Oy4iGipjw3MXdjezrD89HX8)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Polysorbate80 on April 26, 2019, 10:47:10 AM
You still don't want to find that hiding in the animal cracker cookies


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Count Nerfedalot on July 19, 2019, 12:08:23 AM
Something from Australia that won't kill you stone dead in 3 seconds.

so, how long does it take to kill you?


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on March 05, 2020, 01:35:29 PM
(https://scontent.fdub4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/89042506_10157224119458337_3454258977162919936_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_sid=ca434c&_nc_ohc=IUsi4-0UiB8AX-Vi6mu&_nc_ht=scontent.fdub4-1.fna&oh=c9f2afc8a7d936ace90e47a5c047a9f1&oe=5E8198E7)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on April 19, 2020, 01:20:05 AM
Australian Peacock spider dances to YMCA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYIUFEQeh3g)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: pants on March 21, 2021, 06:37:40 PM
So there's flooding in part of Australia now.  Thus the term 'Plague of Spiders'

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-22/nsw-floods-spark-plague-of-spiders-on-mid-north-coast/13265850?utm_medium=social&utm_content=sf244132209&utm_campaign=abc_australia&utm_source=t.co&sf244132209=1


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: Sir T on April 23, 2021, 04:45:37 PM
(https://media1.tenor.com/images/000c5ad4d07f2b6207836b1fc3bd4960/tenor.gif?itemid=15430990)


Title: Re: Spiders are awesome
Post by: 01101010 on April 23, 2021, 04:46:37 PM
Never trust a girl with tattoos on her fingers.

 :why_so_serious: