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reply to post by bobs_uruncle
The day I see a spider as big as a plate is the day someone finds me on the floor in a dead faint!
Here is a Grand Daddy Long Legs.
We used to play with these when I was young. They are probably outnumber any type I see around here. (That doesn't mean there aren't more of the others, I just don't see them as often.)
I can still pick one up by the leg and throw it off the porch when I see one. It's the only one that doesn't scare me. Why, I'll never know, because they can bite!
They have no poison or venom that will harm a human being. They do have a very mild venom but it's for their insect prey.
edit on 4/11/2014 by sled735 because: (no reason given)
Spiders are evil.
Did you know: Theres a type of spider (Crab Spider) that decapitates ants and wears them for a hat to sneak into the ant nest to kill more ants?
Thats bloody messed up, damn nature! YOU SCARY!
Another time, we went towards Kruger Park during the day in jeeps and had to pass through a thorn bush field with huge webs that were strung between scattered trees that were about 30 feet apart. The ranger called the spiders "bird catchers," I thought he meant the webs because of their size and then I saw the spiders. Now they were really big. They were 6 to 10 feet over our heads and I would have to say leg to leg about 12 to 14". My wife damn near shat a cookie when she saw those, good thing she didn't scream though because we had a lioness following the jeep and at any given time it was between 5 and 15 feet behind us (and it was an open jeep). A scream would have probably agitated it and it might have attacked, then I would have had to think quick and decide whether to shoot the lioness or let it have the wife. It would have been hard decision lol.
Yeah, we had a lot of fun down there ;-)
I want to add this picture now and ask you all: aren't baby spiders cute?
Clever little buggers, aren't they?!
in case you don't know there are two distinct arthropod groups that the name Grand Daddy Long Legs is applied to. One is the cellar spider which is in the photo above
Theres a type of spider (Crab Spider) that decapitates ants and wears them for a hat to sneak into the ant nest to kill more ants?