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Old 06-24-2011, 09:55 PM
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Only got one shot of her! It was biggest I have seen here. See whats on her back? Crazy...
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Wolf spider. Those are her babies out for a walk.

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If I show this pic to my wife,she will hit me with the nearest heavy object.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:21 PM
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I'll see your spider and raise you one.

By the way, kill it with fire.

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I had a cockroach run across the garage floor when loading 30-06 ammo. Got the Browning 1885, primed cased, splattered roach. More fun than trap shooting. Wear your ear muffs.

Sure miss having a garage.
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Wolf spider. Those are her babies out for a walk.

Harmless.
Beats pushing that many strollers.
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Only got one shot of her! It was biggest I have seen here. See whats on her back? Crazy...
That sucker is butt ugly... Later, Dave
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I KNEW I shouldn't have looked at this! I don't like spiders, and that picture gives me the shivers!
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We had one of those in a back room several years ago. The wife figured she would just stomp the life out of it. Wrong...as soon as she hit the thing with her foot there were tiny spiders going everywhere. I have never seen her feet move so fast. Of course I nearly died laughing, probably not the thing to do at the time.

Now days all she does is get out the can of raid if she sees a spider. She isn't taking any chances.

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Having once been bitten by a Brown Recluse I have a policy to immediately dispatching any spyder with Extreme Prejudice. However, now that I'm aware of a species that transports mulitudes of minatures on their backs I'll have to revise my technique.
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I did that and then did my impression of a fat male flamenco dancer trying to get all the little buggers as they scattered. Glad no one else caught that act.
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Personally, I think the mama spider with her babies is adorable! Then again, I'm not scared of any spider and have been known to feed Orange Arigope Orb weaving spiders (the big ones with the big circular webs in gardens) and kinda make pets of them.
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That needs to be dead ... D-A-Y-U-D, DEAD!
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I find the occasional wolf spider in the garage, but not carrying the babies out for a stroll. I pretty much leave them alone as they will eat other insect pests. I really despise those big Florida palmetto bugs. Even though I rinse out the beer bottles before they are put in the recycle bin, those big roaches are always hanging out for a swig of beer, not matter how dilute.........Hot tip!...........a quick blast of Brakleen ends their forays.
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Interesting creatures.


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Here's one I saw in Hawaii, it was about 3" from leg tip to tip. It really made me realize I'd better be paying attention to what's between me and where I'm going! They're actually cool little creatures, their only crime is being creepy. And no, I didn't kill this one.
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For some reason, this thread is making me itch. Kind of like something tiny is running all over me.
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I can't stand most spiders. Recluses and widows #1 on the list.
But I actually kind of like these things.. These patrol my recreational
living center up in Oklahoma. I snapped these last fall. I saw these
two a day apart, and at the time I thought it was the same spider
that just moved a few hundred feet. But after looking at the pix, I
could tell they are different critters. They have different markings,
and one has darker legs than the other.
These things are fairly harmless, so they don't bother me like some
of the others. I still wouldn't want one crawling on me though.. :/




Couple of short videos of them tromping around.. They generally
move pretty slow. Trying to run over these on the highway is
a sport in itself.. Almost as popular as "noodling" up there. chortle..
I remember when I was little, we would see huge ones out on
the highways back then. If they were in our lane, my dad would
usually try to take em out..

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Old 06-26-2011, 03:37 AM
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Do you know the species?

Interesting pix.
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Do you know the species?

Interesting pix.
I have no idea except "spiders". They were on my deck railing. Pictures are a couple of years apart. The top one was taken last fall and he hung around for a few days. They were about the size of a quarter or a little bigger.
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Lots of wolf spiders where I live. Don't bother me at all, because they eat all of the other bugs! I'm not too fond of snakes, though...
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Here's one I saw in Hawaii, it was about 3" from leg tip to tip. It really made me realize I'd better be paying attention to what's between me and where I'm going! They're actually cool little creatures, their only crime is being creepy. And no, I didn't kill this one.
got some that look like that in texas.
it's fun to catch a bug and throw it in the web. spider goes right after it.
throw a little stick and the spider will go get it and toss it.
probably flipping me off in an arachnid way.
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look at the legs on momma wolf

they don't build webs

they run down their prey
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I rely on those relatively cute little green lizards to eat bugs around the yard. I don't know if they can take on a Palmetto bug or not. If I didn't live on base, I think I'd take to shooting Palmetto bugs with .22 shot ctgs as a form of recreation. They're certainly large enough. Or maybe a large wooden mallet... But I digress....

I've kept the basic survival instinct intact by which a human will have a healthy fear of spiders. Thus I don't bother to try to identify what I see, I simply kill them. Same with snakes. Better safe than sorry.

For some years I lived in apartment troubled by numerous spiders from nearby foliage. I smoked a pipe at the time, so I bought a German made pipe lighter which worked something like a small blow torch when set on the "max" setting. Made a satisfying whoosh noise and all. I would use it to burn the spiders off the walls. Ended up sending three of the lighters back for warranty. I guess German engineering didn't take into account the need to use one for such things for a prolonged period.
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I have a large wolf spider living in my gun room, I named him Charlie, don't see him often, most times late at night. Every so often I'll finish up something and turn around to go and there he is, hunting. I just let him be. I figure he's doing just like me, the best he can to get by.
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I have a large wolf spider living in my gun room, I named him Charlie, don't see him often, most times late at night. Every so often I'll finish up something and turn around to go and there he is, hunting. I just let him be. I figure he's doing just like me, the best he can to get by.
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Here's one I saw in Hawaii, it was about 3" from leg tip to tip. It really made me realize I'd better be paying attention to what's between me and where I'm going! They're actually cool little creatures, their only crime is being creepy. And no, I didn't kill this one.

That's a Black-and-Yellow Argiope, or Golden Orb Weaver, and they are about the coolest garden spider you will ever see. They are harmless to you and absolute death to clumsy or inattentive flying insects. They are sometimes found in Southern California, but not often. More common here are the similar Silver Argiope. I have lots of photos of those from years past. The like to hang out in prickly pear cactus. I have seen hundreds of argiopes in large webs in cactus at one time. Not a scene for spider-phobes, but fascinating if you like and understand these animals.

I had a Golden Argiope in my back yard once. She laid eggs and one day had about 150-200 hatchlings in a fine silk spherical jungle gym about an inch in diameter. The little ones would rush from one end to the other of their environment in response to the snap of a finger. They got bigger, and one spring day they all ballooned away on a gentle breeze with the tiny filaments of silk that they emitted.

I do like spiders. I can tell the dangerous ones and avoid suspicious webs. While I was at work one day nearly 20 years ago, my wife got a bite on her forehead while she was cleaning out a closet. She didn't tell me about it until the next day, when she pulled her bangs aside so I could check out the area, which had become quite painful. I recognized a Brown Recluse bite immediately and took her straight to the ER. They opened her forehead and scraped out about an inch square of subcutaneous tissue and they also cut out the necrotic skin. Weeks later she had to go back for plastic surgery to rebuild the area under her skin.

I am so glad I had studied the appearance of different spider bites. If that one had gone another day or two, it could have gone septic and killed her. There are cases in which Brown Recluse bites have resulted in limb amputations to avoid death. Those are truly dangerous spiders. I am more concerned about them than I am Black Widows.

Fortunately the most lethal spiders are shy and prone to flight or retreat if disturbed; their actions are defensive, so if you walk into a web without giving its occupant a chance to vamoose, you run a greater risk of being bitten. You are most at risk if you go into a dark closet or storage shed without shining lights around and checking to see if there are webs of the type you want to avoid running into.

Please don't kill spiders indiscriminately. You will smash between a hundred and a thousand useful spiders for every one that is actually dangerous in a meaningful way.

These things are the black rifles of the small animal world. It is easy for the uninformed to hate and fear them for their appearance, not for their inherent qualities.
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Please don't kill spiders indiscriminately. You will smash between a hundred and a thousand useful spiders for every one that is actually dangerous in a meaningful way.

These things are the black rifles of the small animal world. It is easy for the uninformed to hate and fear them for their appearance, not for their inherent qualities.
I love anything that makes its life into a vermin defeating frenzy. People think I'm nuts when I defend snakes. Or if I shoe the giant mosquito eater back outside.
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I love arachnophobics, truly funny people to be around and watch the sweat pop out of their foreheads over a little bitty thing. I am one of those who will just pick up a spider and have a look at it, carry it outside and let it go. And yes I have been bitten a few times, hurts worse than a wasp sting in my experience.
Charlie is likely a female, btw.
My favorites of all are the jumping spiders, little creatures that hunt and stalk prey like wolves. They look up at you, right in to your eyes sometimes, and are the only spiders that can run backward or sideways, see in stereo vision similar to us, and lots more.
If you want to see some great photos, just hit Google images, and search "jumping spiders".
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Some of those look more like small dogs than spidders.
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