Creepy spider!

Schrensky wrote:

Some baby spiders will shoot threads in the air to use as a hot air balloon of sorts, the wind carries them and allows them to spread.

So just think of it, every one of those spider webs that landed across you had a baby spider attached, and that baby spider probably then ended up on you for the rest of the night ;)

I have run into clouds of those before, actually. No, it isn't pleasant.

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Sinkwater wrote:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e4a_1334156442

I would never sleep again.

Well, that's frankly horrifying.

KingGorilla wrote:

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Well... http://www.snopes.com/horrors/insect...

Not sure if this has been posted before. If it's a repeat, I apologize:

Malor wrote:

Not sure if this has been posted before. If it's a repeat, I apologize:

spider tree

I love the eight legged critters, but that footage, in that volume... It made the skin on the back of my knees twitch.

New pic I took yesterday.
Jumping spider. I was so happy to find it as they are a major reason I took up macro photography.
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And a link to another view
http://www.flickr.com/photos/65325236@N00/6931714418/in/photostream/

Awesome, groan!

Edit: I think I like the linked one even a bit better.

Those are incredible, groan! Makes me wish I had taken up more of an interest in photography again. Someday that'll probably stick. Maybe.

Thanks!
When I posted it I actually meant to "image" link the other one as it too is my favorite. I use it as my lock-screen on my phone and it's now my desktop on my computer

Loving this macro stuff!

Some spiders are great because they just sit there.

Keep in mind that the image above is cropped, somewhat tightly.
Low ISO is key to getting the sharpness and trying to stick around F8-16. This lessens the amount of light bending involved resulting in distortion around the edges, also leading to less-sharp images.

I always try to shoot with my flash but this time i didn't have it. Just sunlight.

Flooding in Wagga Wagga
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Man, spiders need gills.

Schrensky wrote:

Man, spiders need gills.

Diving bell spiders use bubble webs 'like gills'

Yeah, but I mean all spiders. So when it floods, you don't see the spiders all come out, it's when the floodwater starts receding that you need to worry...

So, I was outside and in a dark corner between my porch and the house I saw a web with a rather large dark blob in the middle. Based on the size I thought maybe it was a Wolf spider, but I didn't think they made webs. Since it was dark I couldn't see what it was but figured I'd get the camera as close as I could and snap a shot. After screaming and running back inside I thought I'd share my horror.

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I'm still not exactly sure, but I think somehow the smaller spider on the left killed the bigger spider on the right. Is the smaller one maybe a female that killed the male after mating? They don't appear to be the same species, so I really have no idea. I'm not afraid to say that I'm not sure if I want to go back out there to see what happened. What if it's gotten bigger?

Maybe it's spider Romeo and Juliette!

I was doing some tidying in the bedroom today, and picked up a tote bag with some stuff in it out of the corner and put it on the bed. A large (an inch across) black something crawled away from the bottom of the bag and went skittering across the bed, but not without giving me the heebie jeebies.

It's still in there somewhere.

Vega wrote:

So, I was outside and in a dark corner between my porch and the house I saw a web with a rather large dark blob in the middle. Based on the size I thought maybe it was a Wolf spider, but I didn't think they made webs. Since it was dark I couldn't see what it was but figured I'd get the camera as close as I could and snap a shot. After screaming and running back inside I thought I'd share my horror.

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I'm still not exactly sure, but I think somehow the smaller spider on the left killed the bigger spider on the right. Is the smaller one maybe a female that killed the male after mating? They don't appear to be the same species, so I really have no idea. I'm not afraid to say that I'm not sure if I want to go back out there to see what happened. What if it's gotten bigger?

It looks to me like a wolf spider found its way into an orb weaver's web. I would have expected the wolf spider to break the web, not get caught.

Brown tree snake snared in a golden orb spider's enormous web:
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A few times the snake managed to get up and attack the spider, and the spider would run back up the web [...] You could see the spider just chewing into it and the part which the spider was eating had gone all black and the insides were bubbling[...]

Awesome. When I first saw the image I was screaming Shopped!

I see spiders, wolf spiders, in my basement al the time. I let them stay there since they kill all the other creepy crawlies, like house centipedes. THEY give me the ultimate heebiejeebies.

LobsterMobster wrote:

I've even heard of species where the male's genitalia is detachable so he can leave it in and try to run away.

It's an extreme version of coyote ugly. Watch out for those Last Call hookups.

Vega wrote:

I'm still not exactly sure, but I think somehow the smaller spider on the left killed the bigger spider on the right. Is the smaller one maybe a female that killed the male after mating? They don't appear to be the same species, so I really have no idea. I'm not afraid to say that I'm not sure if I want to go back out there to see what happened. What if it's gotten bigger?

Male spiders are almost universally smaller than their respective females (she's got to deal with the eggs, after all). Spider sex is usually a lot like fighting a dragon, where there's this gigantic monster trying to obliterate this little tiny guy who's doing his best to get in close enough to stab it before it eats him. I've even heard of species where the male's genitalia is detachable so he can leave it in and try to run away.

I'm inclined to agree with the "stupid wolf spider" hypothesis.

LiquidMantis wrote:
LobsterMobster wrote:

I've even heard of species where the male's genitalia is detachable so he can leave it in and try to run away.

It's an extreme version of coyote ugly. Watch out for those Last Call hookups.

Says the guy who loses his head every time he gets his rocks off.

LobsterMobster wrote:
LiquidMantis wrote:
LobsterMobster wrote:

I've even heard of species where the male's genitalia is detachable so he can leave it in and try to run away.

It's an extreme version of coyote ugly. Watch out for those Last Call hookups.

Says the guy who loses his head every time he gets his rocks off. ;)

I see nothing wrong with this.

This thread went from creepy to awkward, quicker than you could say detachable penis.

Someone want to start an Awkward Spider thread?

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LobsterMobster wrote:

Someone want to start an Awkward Spider thread?

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LobsterMobster wrote:
Vega wrote:

I'm still not exactly sure, but I think somehow the smaller spider on the left killed the bigger spider on the right. Is the smaller one maybe a female that killed the male after mating? They don't appear to be the same species, so I really have no idea. I'm not afraid to say that I'm not sure if I want to go back out there to see what happened. What if it's gotten bigger?

Male spiders are almost universally smaller than their respective females (she's got to deal with the eggs, after all). Spider sex is usually a lot like fighting a dragon, where there's this gigantic monster trying to obliterate this little tiny guy who's doing his best to get in close enough to stab it before it eats him. I've even heard of species where the male's genitalia is detachable so he can leave it in and try to run away.

I'm inclined to agree with the "stupid wolf spider" hypothesis.

That's how Mex does it, isn't it?