|Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2002 - 5:22 pm: |
LOL!!! Thanks MD!
|Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 - 8:15 pm: |
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|Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 - 7:32 am: |
yeah, she sure was pretty.
I actually tried to save her. but at that size they're so delicate, one violent bump cuz of my nerves and, well ... SPIDER GOO EVERYWHERE!
that size could kill a person however, so perhaps it's best.
|Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 - 7:20 am: |
But, at least it's a COOL spider.
|Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 - 7:24 pm: |
OH MY! Spider season is NOT over, as I had thought ...
I got home and look who was waitin' for me on the porch, right by the door. This is the largest black widow I ever done seen, almost 1 1/2"!!! I nearly fainted ... look, you can clearly see her hourglass as her belly was facing me. She dead now. Ick.
|Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 - 4:11 pm: |
The Happy Fun Ball skit was also one of my favorite ones on SNL!
|Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 - 11:11 am: |
Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.
|Posted on Monday, September 16, 2002 - 1:28 pm: |
That isn't a rat the camel spider is eating. It's some kind of mouse-sized rodent, but I'm not sure what. Thankfully, camel spiders don't grow to the size of rats.
As for the "mascot" thing, apparently durning the Gulf War (Gulf War I?), bored soldiers would arrange spider fights...
|Posted on Monday, September 16, 2002 - 8:44 am: |
The straight dope on camel spiders from the U.S. Air Force, bombing the world into democracy when they're not dodging 6-inch arachnids:
They're not actually poisonous to humans - the main dangers from what is described as their "strong bite" are SHOCK (no fucking kidding) and infection...
"[C]amel spiders avoid the heat by running from shadow to shadow... If a camel spider runs toward a persons shadow and he or she tries to run away, the spider will chase the shadow."
"Chemicals such as bug sprays are not recommended as they most likely will do nothing but make the spider ANGRY, said officials." [emphasis added]
"Officials also warn against trying to capture a camel spider to serve as a PET or MASCOT."
(However, feel free to paint one on your plane fuselage, dressed in a bikini.)
|Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - 9:35 am: |
Check out this nasty beast.
It's a camel spider feasting on a rat. Enough for a whole week of nightmares.
|Posted on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 8:34 am: |
It looks like those creeping in my appartment... We have to kill 2 or 3 every day. I don't know what's the problem with this flat, I never saw so much spiders ! Hopefully we will find a suitable house soon (we'r planning to move next summer).
|Posted on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 5:11 am: |
Plenty of those loitering at night under the overhangs of tram shelters in Amsterdan. The biggest one I've seen was about 1-1/2 inches from toe to toe. There's a stripey in my front doorway; it helps keep the mosquitoes down.
|Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 9:50 pm: |
Some type of 'orb weaver' (named for their style of web), enthusiastic catchers and devourers of moths, not poisonous, probably could give you a good pinch if they felt like it, though.
They were very common in abandoned buildings/barns where I grew up, and I see them on bridges all the time. We just called 'em "barn spiders"... They do grow awesomely large and creepy!
|Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 9:33 pm: |
Just got back from a visit to Michigan, and freaked out on several of these spider fests on the sides of various buildings. I mostly noticed them at night, but there would be dozens of these guys (see picture) hangin' around. From about 1/2" to 1 1/4" leg span, mostly fat like this one. I did see one in the day time at the train depot.
I've posted to a Spider Forum for identification, will let you know what they tell me ...
any clues here!?!?!