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Old 07-15-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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These are quite common around here. This one is missing a leg but the business end seems pretty ferocious, especially if you could see it moving. For scale, the glass has a 3" dia. rim.

Just a little something to find at the bottom of the stairs first thing in the morning. I took it out and released it by the opuntia at the far end of the yard.


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Old 07-15-2011, 11:33 AM   #2
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(shudder) I'm embarrassed to say it to this crowd, but I am not a fan of the spider. I leave them be, set them free, and stay clear. This creeps me out to no end. Uh, way cool though...
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:07 PM   #3
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Haname, great use of the smiles!

I remember finding something about that big (maybe bigger) right outside our front door when we first moved out here--at least it was *outside*...I remember thinking is this what i should expect in the country?

So, far I've never seen it again.

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...I'm embarrassed to say it to this crowd, but I am not a fan of the spider.

I'm not sure I'm a fan...especially of one that big...but I know they have a purpose and I respect that. Funny, as a kid, I was always fine with Daddy longleg spider...maybe it was their name--or that they had a name, or maybe it was their super thin legs that seemed less creepy.

I also, seem to enjoy the yellow and black garden spider-- Arigope? (Spelling?) ...I even found that I missed finding them in the yard this year...I finally found one the other day.


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I leave them be, set them free, and stay clear. This creeps me out to no end. Uh, way cool though...
I do the same. Let them be, or catch them and put them outside. Although I don't like the idea of them crawling on me, I did grab top of a thread of web that one was using to descend from the ceiling...and put it outside--as it was crawling back up toward my hand.

Now, had this big one been in the house, I'm not sure how I'd feel about catching it...but I'd feel worse about knowing I left it inside!
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Now, had this big one been in the house, I'm not sure how I'd feel about catching it...but I'd feel worse about knowing I left it inside!
Had one been in my house, I'd be out of it! Okay, I would probably try to find a way to herd it out of the house (think chair and whip), but I would be visibly cringing the whole way.
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:22 PM   #5
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Yes it gave me the heebie jeebies for sure. Knowing that it was IN MY HOUSE was very disconcerting.

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I can imagine! You are very brave for doing it yourself. More than once I have kept a spider trapped under a glass or something, for the day, until someone comes home to release it outside.
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(think chair and whip)
LOL! Great visual...but not sure how well it would work.
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Yes it gave me the heebie jeebies for sure. Knowing that it was IN MY HOUSE was very disconcerting.
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You are very brave for doing it yourself.
Yes, I do give you credit for it.

...I keep waiting for someone else to chime in with a different perspective...we are on Wildlife Gardners after all.



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More than once I have kept a spider trapped under a glass or something, for the day, until someone comes home to release it outside.
Yikes! Poor thing. ...but I guess that is better than getting squashed...er, squished?
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:31 PM   #9
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I know, I always feel very guilty about it but every time I go to look at it (must make sure it has not escaped!) I feel the "flight response" kicking in.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:43 PM   #10
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Well I'm waiting for someone who can ID the thing ... My son brought me a thin blue index card and when I tried to lift it, let's just say it was clear the spider knew exactly how to escape if there should be enough of a gap. So we added a second card that gave more stability so I could lift it up securely. That thing was AGGRESSIVE and QUICK. And I didn't want a nasty bite... there's a good reason I think why we naturally react to spiders the way we do.

If I asked my husband to deal with it he would kill it so I prefer to let them live... but outside if you please!
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