posted on Feb, 9 2013 @ 09:43 AM
Nice post OP, and this brings up a childhood memory!...I remember in the 80's we had this infestation ( new Hampshire and Maine) of this fuzzy
catapillar called the "Gypsy Moth", with spikes on its back. ... They ate everything! Trees, plants, grass, vegetable gardens, and Nothing killed
them. Birds wouldn't eat them because of the spikes on their back, and they were very destructive. It was a big problem. They were big, fat , and
juicy when squished. And the spikes on their backs hurt if you came in contact with them, like a porcupine.In the morning your car was covered with
them , you couldn't walk down your steps without sweeping them off first, they dangled from trees and roofs,and built webs on everything! .... These
catapillars didn't seem to have any predators and people were trying to come up with all kinds of ways to kill them. I remember my dad hanging "
sticky fly strips" by our front door to catch the catapillars and keep them from dangling in our face. The catapillars were stripping trees bare, and
this was happening all over NH and parts of Maine......it was awful!.....BUT...not as bad as when the catapillars natural enemy showed up ( a month
later) !!!!....and in came the infestation of the very large fat slimy looking black spiders! ... And oh my god , my worst nightmare became reality!
.. I will never forget sitting in a lawn chair by our pool ( i was about 14 yrs) and I looked to my left and there was an odd black spider on the
cement . Im afraid of spiders, so i jumped up, and then saw a few more behind it. They were just sitting there looking at me. It was a weird odd
moment like they were trying to tell me to get the hell out of there, And I ran! Literally I rembering being freaked out and running barefoot across
the lawn and stepping on catapillars......By the time I got in our house,into the dining room and looked out the bay window at the pool, there were
hundreds of them swarming the pool area and eating the catapillars!! and these spiders were fast, and would charge at the catapillar, climb on it, and
devour it . But imagine seeing that with about a couple 100+ spiders doing that all at once! So I called my parents at work, who didn't believe me,
and by the time they got home the spiders had gone . Which really made my parents NOT believe me...But the next morning they came back ,( or never
left) in waves again. They were all over NH and Maine, , and birds wouldn't eat the spiders( I don't know why? ) , so..being afraid of spiders, I
had the summer from hell that year! ...Thanks Op for drudging up that childhood memory! Lol!